Sunday, March 09, 2008

Obama's campaign advisor announces resignation on same day she visits Queen's

- John Beecher

Pulitzer Prize winning author and Harvard professor Samantha Power's visit to Queen’s as part of her UK tour promoting her new book Chasing the Flame, caused an unusually high level of press interest on Friday.

The talk was delayed due to a press gathering outside the Peter Froggatt Centre. This was due to Irish-born Power's resignation earlier that day as international affairs advisor to the Barack Obama presidential campaign over comments she made about Hillary Clinton in an interview with The Scotsman on March 4th. She labelled Clinton “a monster...that is off the record – she is stooping to anything.” Unfortunately for Power The Scotsman decided it was very much on the record and published her quote in full prompting the Clinton campaign to demand her resignation.

Beginning her talk by describing her comments as inexcusable, the author attributed them to tiredness and frustration and warned the academics attending the lecture of the dangers of becoming entangled in politics. She also apologised both to Senator Clinton whom she claimed to think very highly of and to Senator Obama saying she hoped she could offer her services in a future administration. Power went on to joke that this was just about the worst way she had ever had to begin a lecture!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Grandmaster Goatee said...

The irony is that the Clinton campaign are doing much worse as far as a smear campaign goes. Credit where credits due, Obama hasn't sunk to her level. Obama 08! :)

3/10/2008 1:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion, that was actually quite a measured comment made by his campaign advisor. Hilary Clinton is a complete joke - she has done just about everything to get votes - back in January things were going bad, so she turns on the waterworks! Now, she wants to appear upset by comments made about her. What a load of nonsense. The irony also, she is the one who tries to discredit Obama by saying how she will show strength in leadership. Haha, yea. When???

Obama 08 (originally, Edwards 08 but nevermind)

3/10/2008 4:45 pm  
Anonymous Observer said...

The mud slinging is counter productive for the Democrats, it gives the Republicans ammunition, it divides the party and weakens both candidates in the Peoples eyes.

Though I do believe McCain will win the presidency anyway. Especially if he takes a certain Mick Huckebee with him as co-partner.

3/10/2008 8:05 pm  
Anonymous t.w.h. said...

If Obama and Clinton were the only choices in the actual election, I would rather have Bush for a third term.
-He isn't a crybaby like Hilary
-He isn't for murder (abortion) like Barack
-He was honest about his personal beliefs, unlike Hilary and Barack.

3/13/2008 6:30 pm  
Anonymous don't be stupid said...

TWH how exactly is Bush NOT for murder?? Iraq anyone??

3/14/2008 4:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simons aka Helfery at least have the wit to use a different name on the gown than you do on Slugger. Does it not occur to you when posting to use a different e mail address - talk about thick!!!

Simons on slugger = Helferty

Simons on The Gown = Helferty

3/14/2008 7:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares

3/16/2008 8:12 pm  
Anonymous The fact is.... said...

Iraq is not murder unless you define every war as murder.

3/17/2008 11:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares indeed!

(also, i don't think it takes a degree level education to try and impersonate someone, especially on this site)

3/17/2008 3:49 pm  
Anonymous Republican said...

Helferty is a joke anyway.

3/18/2008 2:42 pm  
Anonymous Simons said...

RE: impersonations

I think or friend Mr. Londeree should step forward and take a bow in that regard.

We all know you having nothing else to do Philip.

3/18/2008 4:55 pm  
Blogger Ian said...

Back to the American poltics ty very much.

Barack Obama has actually been pretty open about his beliefs. Theres a couple of speeches on youtube where he talks at some length about his Christianity, including his conversion.

Also, Mike Huckabee was surprisingly supportive of the Obama-Wright controversies. I don't think McCain would take him on as VP anyway.

Obama-Richardson 08! ^_^

3/22/2008 3:37 pm  

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