December 1st, 2008
09:56 AM ET
9 years ago

Bill Clinton will not appear at Obama announcement

Bill Clinton will be absent when his wife is formally nominated as Secretary of State.

Bill Clinton will be absent when his wife is formally nominated as Secretary of State.

(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."

soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Chris

    It's a good idea and a sign of respect that Bill should not be there this time. She's her own woman, and an excellent politician who will make a great SOS. Besides, I'm sure the other spouses will not be present at this particular announcement.

    December 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. lizzylu

    to John:
    um, yeah, i think no one cares b/c ppl already know the truth-Pres. elect Obama IS A UNITED STATES CITIZEN. sad that ppl continue to ? this, despite the preponderence of evidence. i wonder-if he were totally white/white looking & had a generic name, would anyone even think 2x about it ?!

    December 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Linda from Prescott AZ

    It appears there are still some pretty nasty people out there from a few of these posts. To bad you can't move on.

    December 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Nick

    Juan, he's picking people qualified for the job, regardless of political affiliation. We could get Jones and Gates, or we can get some unqualified Dem just because Obama is a Democrat.

    Do I agree with all his picks? No, but not everybody will. But with him picking Republicans and former political rivals, it tells me this guy doesn't care about the behind-the-scenes politics, only to have the best person in those positions.

    December 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. EnemyofMine

    New team or same old team with a house negro..

    December 1, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Patriot Gal

    John, what you are bringing up here is a NON -ISSUE.
    You can believe what you wanna believe until the end of days. fine with the rest of us.

    Obama is our President elect. whether you like it or not

    You dont have to support him but you will have to deal with him

    Good day

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Jeffrey Stuart

    Why can't we seem to say goodbye to the Clintons? We're finally saying goodbye to the Bushes, yet the Clintons keep lingering. I have grave concerns about the selection of Senator Clinton for Secretary of State, and for the first time I am questioning Obama's judgement. I can only hope that she won't be confirmed.

    John–Please join the rest of us–OK, those of us–who live in the real world. I have no doubt that if Obama has, indeed, defrauded the US public and was not born in America, it will be all over the media. In fact, it would have come up LONG before now. Even the most secretive operations have leaks, and such a purported conspiracy to cover up Obama's origins would be no exception.

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Andrea/ CA

    John, I wish you would inform youself first, before making a fool of yourself. The Birth certificate was/ is posted on line and the issue is long closed. Therefore NO longer any news to report. Crawl out of you uninformed ignorate hole and give the man a chance.

    December 1, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Brig

    For a reporter, you’re really clueless or is it another symptom of the Clinton Derangement Syndrome (CDS)? You don’t need an unnamed source to find that the former president is busy with the CGI Asia that starts tomorrow in Hong Kong. Out of curiosity, when president-elect Obama named the other members of his cabinet, were their spouses present? I did not think so.
    As for all the Clinton haters out there, it’s going to be a long four years for you all and I am going to enjoy watching you explode all over again. I for one enjoyed the peace and prosperity of the 90’s.

    December 1, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Elizabeth Jones

    Obama is an American citizen born in the united states you retard. And if you don't like our new president elect I will urge you to pack up and move to canada for the next 4 years. This is real. just like Mccain said the out come of this election was difficult from the start. There was no way a republican would have won this election with sarah palin on the ticket or not.

    December 1, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. BS not Maverick


    December 1, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. james

    As some long past Democratic Presidents were true liberals, the past Bush administration ( neo-cons) were ultra right wingers. Therefore, Obama`s "bunch" just seems to be more liberal than they really are.

    December 1, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Yvonne

    Why should Bill appear? No other spouse has appeared at these announcements. This is a ridiculous story.

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Unshrub


    "Obama must supply evidence that he was born in America to Justice Souter"


    What does this have to do with the article? Besides, every President must prove he is qualified to be President. That is why it isn't news.
    Grow up and get over it. He won and he is going to be President.

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Sylvia

    EnemyofMine, you are really a very unhappy person aren't you?

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. and

    Clinton – the best, Obama – the worst!

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Bjoerlingfan

    John –

    No one is covering it because no network with any integrity would cover such a ridiculous story. Independent analysts have gone to Hawaii and seen his actual birth certificate and confirmed its authenticity. The onlt people beating this dead horse are sore losers in the GOP.

    Go ahead. Keep digging. You wont find anything. All it will prove is how desperate and petty you people really are.

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. rich

    For all the naysayers who have issues with Hillary's appointment to SOS, I say Hillary will do what's right for America first and not let her personal ambitions get in the way. I am confident of that. I also believe that Bill will be a good supporting spouse and not get in the way of Hillary's job because he loves her and wants her to succeed. Most importanlty, I believe Hillary will make an excellent SOS, and will do America good in these trying times. I also beleive that she and Obama will work well together. She will give him her advise as she she's it, and it's up to him to take it or leave it as the buck stops with him. I think Hillary is going to prove many of you wrong, and at the end of the day we will be able to look back at her tenure as SOS and say that she did a hell of a job. Welcome aboard Madam Secretary!

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. BS not Maverick

    Enemy of mine, Nergo or not he is your President for the next 4 to 8 years. HA, and his middle name is Huesein too, so if you don't like it move to another country, Ha!

    December 1, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Hayward

    Enemy of mine... I feel ya... trust me I feel ya. And all the nay sayers will say this and call you that but when it comes down to it they know you're right. I thought Washington was going to get turned upside down with new ideas, new people and new energy but no what we get is the same ole people with a promise of new ideas. Tell me honestly how is that possible?????????????????????

    December 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. katiec

    Oh my, CNN. Must be a slow news day to make something like
    this a headline.

    December 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. for obama nj-dp

    it is a shame with all the hate that is global with the terroist and everything, we have so much hatred in our own country, it will only take God to change the hearts of some of the people of this world, but what amazes me, the same people that same they love america, hate their black fellow president elect, i don't get it.....

    December 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. KAT

    john and "enemy"
    You have got to be kidding me!!!!
    John-get over it. He won, he's legal, he's your president!

    enemy–you are indeed the enemy. It's your country, love it or leave it–I(I'm so excited to be able to throw that back at the conservatives now!) Personally, I hope you leave it–we don't need racists and bigots if we are to move forward and become once again the greatest country on earth.

    December 1, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Christina

    Since Obama's mother was a US citizen, by law he counts as natural-born citizen regardless of his birthplace (which was Hawaii in any case). The law suit is a lame effort to discredit him. Where was Sen. McCain born? Panama.

    December 1, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Joan

    Another Clinton White House-oh, goody!

    December 1, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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