(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton won’t be on hand this morning when President-elect Barack Obama officially nominates Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, according to sources familiar with the transition.
Obama will unveil the full team at a press conference at the Chicago Hilton at 10:40 a.m. ET
Obama is also expected to finally confirm that he is keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post, and plans to name retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as his National Security Adviser at the White House.
Watch: Ed Henry discusses the security team rollout
Also, two sources close to the transition said Obama will nominate Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary and Eric Holder as Attorney General.
Some unfinished business from the primary season is heading toward a resolution as the former rivals take the stage this morning: Hillary Clinton has been assured by the Obama team that they will help her fundraise in the next 60 days to help clear her remaining campaign debt of roughly $6.5 million.
The status of another open question with roots in the contentious Democratic primary contest remains unresolved: the future status of Samatha Power. The Obama advisor who had to resign after calling Hillary Clinton "a monster" is currently on the transition team's "agency review team" for the State Department. She has apologized twice to Clinton, according to two Democratic sources, who say Clinton accepted the apology. But it is still unclear whether Power will have a job at the State Department with Clinton in charge.
Update: Bill Clinton praised his wife's nomination Monday. "As an American, I am thankful that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Hillary to be Secretary of State and that she has accepted. As her husband, I am deeply proud," the former president said in a statement.
"She is the right person for the job of helping to restore America's image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries, one of shared responsibilities and opportunities.
"She has already earned the respect of foreign leaders and diplomats through her work to promote human rights and the empowerment of women through access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. And Americans know, from her leadership in the Senate on national security, that she will always put the security, values and the interests of our people first.
"In her service to the people of New York and our nation, Hillary has demonstrated the knowledge, passion, resilience, and capacity to learn that our country needs at this critical time. She loves being a Senator from New York, but as she has in all the thirty-seven years I've known her, she answered the call to serve. I commend President-Elect Obama for asking her to be a part of a great national security team. America will be well-served."
Bring Samantha back!!!
More "HOPE" and "CHANGE" we can believe in. My favorite is Obama's pick of former Marine Commandant General Jones. He was also a McCain supporter, not to mention Gates. I guess even Democrats agree that Democrats can't run the military. Once again, this is proof that there really is no difference between Repubs and Dems.
Obama is picking an excellent cabinet. We're sure Former Presient Clinton has other business to attend to today. It's hard when so much is going on in the same day.
WHO ACTUALLY CARES!!!!
Bill Clinton needs to stop reminding us that he is Hillary's husband and allow her to stand on her own credentials. It is a very good thing that he won't appear at the announcement.
In my opinion, choosing Hillary as SoS is not a good one, however, only time will tell whether PE Obama has made a prudent choice or not. He's been batting a thousand so far.
The biggest surprise is that no major news network is covering the fact that today Obama must supply evidence that he was born in America to Justice Souter. This could be the day that we find out that our president-elect is a fraud and a liar, yet there is nothing on the news networks about it.
Its a sign of respect that Bill Clinton is not appearing with Hillary at the Obama announcement. He does want to create any distraction for Hillary becoming SoS. The fact that Samantha Power has been allowed to participate on the transition team shows maturity for Obama and Clinton to let go of the past and call on those most qualified to help Obama during his transition. Besides, Power's role is only for the transition.
There is no reason why Bill Clinton shouldn't be there. OBAMA will be president for many a year and still not be qualified to shine Bill's shoes.
Here we go with the drama. It's the Bill and Hilliary show all over again. Appearing or not appearing she will always be in his shadow.
Juan's comments are silly. Obama is bringing change by bringing on these Republicans because they are from the rational wing of the Republican Party, not the insane group that ran the country most of Bush's term. Gates reigned in Iraq policy and Jones is a voice of moderation and reason. Obama wants divergent minds on his team, and now he will insure that. Good choices.
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John, forget about this canard. Obama was born in Hawaii. You people are a sick joke.
can you just go away. Your ignorance is really unbecoming
"Et tu, Hillary?"
So What?? How many spouses of the economic team showed up. Most of this Clinton "stuff" is media hype to fill in air space. No one except the officials being announced know what kind of relationships they have developed with PE Obama except them.
The Clintons may have realized as many American voters did that it is Obama with his intelligence, generational change and twentieth century vision is what America and the world needs. Obama is the idea man, the visionary and the leader while Clinton is the fact, dor t the "i"s person just as was exposed in the primary debates. Neither would have agreed to the position if they didn't know they could work together.
Joe Biden will also help to be the glue to consolidate this well balanced team that will usher in a bipartisan team.
Smart, eliminate all competition
Why would Hillary want to be part of this Micky Mouse White House?
President Oprah, sorry Obama, is still doing a great job of speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
I sure wouldn't hire someone who called me a monster...bye bye Samantha!
I'm a little uneasy about Hillary also, I don't really trust her but I will see what happens and I hope she does a great job. Hillary is a very smart and strong woman, I think she will keep Bill in place.
In response to John's comment
You are a complete idiot. This was verified a long time ago and besides do you think he would have been elected if he wasn't? Stop hating, Obama is an american and he is the Pres elect.
Okay now that we have all that out of the way, will everyone please confess that Obama's message of change was a bunch of hogwash. I mean it's okay, really, don't be hesitant. It's okay. When will we ever learn??? The message of change is a powerful thing when a country and a people are in the midst of economic and political chaos. It paralyzes us all and hypnotizes us all but when the smoke clears you discover that's all it was, smoke........
Congratulations Hillary Clinton!!!
So calling Hillary a monster may keep Samantha from getting a job, but her husband got to keep his job after cheating on and humiliating Hillary for years?
I agree with Juan M ! Let the Demonstrations Begin !!!!!!!! Time for another Party in This Country WHICH IS BADLY NEEDED... ALSO I AM GLAD THAT THERE IS NO MAJOR TV COVERAGE OF THIS EVENT, I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO SEE HILLARY OR THE OTHER WARMONGERS... GRANFORCHANGE IN WISCONSIN
Here is what I find funny about the Samantha Powers issue. The Dems are ready, willing and able to accept her apology. Let by gone be by gones.
But they continue to bash Sarah Palin at every chance they get. And Bush also. You always see post on here about how bad Bush is, how they can not wait until he is gone and the Messiah is in power.
But yet when one of thier own asks to be forgiven,,, all is well.