March 8, 2008


Obama's lost his 'rock star' advisor: Samantha Power stepped down over comments she made about rival candidate Clinton. (James Rainey, 3/08/08, Los Angeles Times)

With a sparkling intellect, a mane of auburn hair and a Pulitzer Prize-winning book to her credit, Samantha Power cut a disarming path just about anywhere she went.

Power's ebullient style won over many journalists, diplomats and one presidential contender. But outspokenness became her undoing, forcing Power on Friday to quit Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign after publication of an interview in which she called his Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, "a monster." [...]

Obama and his erstwhile advisor met in 2005, after he became intrigued by her prize-winning "A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide." The two talked late into the night at a steakhouse, much of the conversation centering on her belief that the United States should have done more to stop the devastating killing in Darfur and other places.

But, oddly enough, less to stop the genocide in Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2008 6:36 AM
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