[Guest post by DRJ]
An unfortunate Obama adviser tried to go “off the record” after she called Hillary Clinton a monster:
“An adviser to Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton a “monster” during an interview with the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman.
In what the newspaper described as an “unguarded moment,” Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power said Clinton was stopping at nothing to catch up to Obama in the Democratic race.
“She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything,” Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, told the newspaper.
In saying it was “off the record,” Power tried to withdraw her remark, but the newspaper explained at the bottom of its story that the interview with Power, who was promoting her book, was established as “on the record” in advance. The newspaper wrote that it was “too late” for her to retract her comment.
Power also told the newspaper that Clinton was appealing to low-income voters by trying to suggest Obama would endanger their jobs. “The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive,” she said.”
I’m sure it’s no fun for a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to make news rather than report it.
All in all, it was not a great day for Obama advisers.
UPDATE 3/7/2008: Obama adviser Samantha Power apologized for her remarks about Hillary Clinton and resigned from the Obama campaign.
I wonder if her resignation was because of the monster comment or because of her contemporaneous remarks that Obama would have trouble fulfilling his promise to pull out of Iraq?