WASHINGTON--Samantha Power resigned as a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) after she called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) a "monster" in an interview with The Scotsman newspaper. This is the second Obama advisor to stumble in recent weeks. Economic adviser Austan Goolsbee is at the center of a controversy over comments he made about NAFTA to a Canandian official.
Power was in London for a book tour and to headline fundraisers for Obama. Power was an ardent and passionate supporter of Obama who took almost a year off from her job as a professor at Harvard University to work in Obama's Senate office in 2006. She has been deeply involved in policy, youth outreach--she is a popular campus speaker--and fund-raising for Obama. She was due in Chicago on March 16 to headline a fund-raising event for Obama. Power is a Pulitizer Prize winning author for her book about genocide, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide." She just wrote "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World."
On Friday morning, Clinton congressional supporters called for her ouster. Shortly after a Clinton conference call, Power quit. Her statement:
"With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today. Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."
Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.) Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (-F;.) and Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.) were the ones on the coference call asking for Power's resignation.
"Senator Obama needs to stand up and to publicly say that this person will no longer participate in his campaign," Meeks said.
FOOTNOTE TWO: I asked about the mood at the Obama campaign headquarters today. The word back "determination."