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. Barry Soetoro

    John is right.

    December 1, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. clifford

    I know it hurt's and it's hard to admit and you'll make endless excuses for him but I think you Obama supporters have been "BAMBOOZLED". OUCH!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Virginia

    What? Does he have a date???? And does he have his cigars.....I wish neither of them showed up-this is a BIG mistake! As I said the morning after the election, God help us all....

    December 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. carol

    I don't think Bill Clinton should be at the announcement, it's nothing to do with him....this is Hillary's day and he needs to keep a low profile.

    December 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Dave

    Way to go John. I agree with you!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Nikole

    @ Hayward-How about you actually let the man govern before you deem his platform a failure. Barack Obama is an extremely intelligent man, that is making intelligent decisions. That right there is quite enough change after the last 8 years of incompetence.

    December 1, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Deb n Texas

    I think Samatha Power should have a position at the State Department because she is a very brilliant woman. She was right when she called Hillary Clinton a "monster," because that is exactly how Hillary was acting at the time.

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. LIP

    No Bill...what will we ever do without Bill? It remains to be seen if there will be no Samantha...she will probably quietly disappear once Hillary takes charge. Yes there will be change people., but that also remains to be seen, since nothing different has happened so far.

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Remi N.

    EnemyofMine , you are just another pig baster republican. A sore looser who will cry for the next 4 , I mean the next 8years....
    Well America is changing, but pigs will stay pigs as you know, and see yourself.!!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. BigDenver

    The only "real change' is Obama's Mind....note there will be no tax increase on those making more than $250,000.....only "change" so far is the threat of more give aways......oh excuse me "entitlements" about a tax holiday to get the econmy moving so people that can work have to work....looks like a lot of DS insiders on HIS team!

    December 1, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Dan

    Bill Clinton is a smart man–good move not to show up today. It's about Obama's team. And I think HRC will take the high road on Power and keep her in DoS if she wants to stay. And those of you worried about HRC being too hawkish scare me. I'm glad you're not in charge.

    December 1, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Spencer/NY to VA

    He doesn't need to be there. He's not getting the position, his wife is. Please don't get the republicans panties in a bunch. The notion of getting 2 for the price of 1 is beyond imaginable to those nation destroyers.

    December 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. carment

    John, you need to stop being abusive to expired equines 😛

    December 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. David, Silver Spring, MD

    How could Hillary Clinton hold a grudge against Samantha Power if Obama holds no grudge against Clinton?

    Clinton refusing to put Samantha Power in a very high position says simply that Obama was misguided to put Clinton in a very high position.

    Surely Power is allowed at least as much forgiveness from Clinton as Clinton and Joe Lieberman got from Obama.

    December 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Jesse - San Antonio, Texas

    I don't Samantha Power should have a job under Hillary Clinton. She shows contempt towards her. Why would any one want to have someone like that under you?

    For whatever you may think of Hillary Clinton, she was not Monster enough to publicly go and mount personal attacks like this woman did.

    Who is more of the monster?

    December 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. I can be a right wing-nut too....

    Blah blah blah birth certificate blah blah blah socialist whine whine whine Marxism blah blah blah no change whine whine whine Palin is awesome blah blah....

    December 1, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. RB

    John: I think you must be a sore losing Republican its folks loke you that make this great Country think negative.Sad

    December 1, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Jeff

    First of all – John, do you HONESTLY think that the entire democratic party would nominate a man (a very virtuous one, mind you) that wasn't born in the USA? REALLY?! And let's talk about a "presidential" figure who's a real fraud and a liar... why did gas prices go all the way up to $5 a gallon during "dubya's" term? Why did they plummet to $1.50 a gallon after the election? And why did the networks just suddenly stop covering the Valerie Plame matter? Why were there "no contest" contracts between the defense dept. and your boy Dick Cheney's company Halliburton?
    Second of all – Jozee, Bill Clinton was the best thing that EVER happened to this country. EVEN with the several million dollar taxpayer funded investigation that uncovered nothing but an extramarital affair (which was no one's business but his) he still left office with the highest approval rating EVER!
    Third – CNN! Why would you write a headline like that? Maybe his presence is needed elsewhere more than it's needed at this announcement. I'm sure that's exactly the reason he won't be there. You people can't stand for a good person to keep their good name.

    December 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. More Bitterness....

    Obviously you care. That is why you spent the time to not only read the article but to also make a comment. You are obviously in denial.

    It you cannot see the difference in the way he chose his cabinet and how he has handled himself as the President-Elect, then there is no use in answering your question because you do not understand what change is. The change is in leadership......

    Have you ever thought about the fact that the networks aren't covering that "Major" story that you are talking about because it is INVALID. Time to get over it and move on to something else. (or you can just accept the fact that President-Elect Obama will soon become President Obama)

    December 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Pennsylvania

    I believe President Elect Obama make a very wise choice in choosing Hillary.

    She will do a superior job in her position of Secretary of State.

    I will always back Hillary.

    December 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Oona

    Hey John, ...let's see, Mr. Obama has spent the last 2 years running for president...I think he's had to prove he was US born already. Here's some advice: Heal your wounds or move out of the country for at least 4 years.

    December 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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    December 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Lynn

    I read through these comments and just shake my head at some of the stupidity. Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet and you already have him written off as a failure who lied to us all. I was taught as a value to give people a fair chance before judging them so decisively. Unfortunately, it looks like some of you don't feel it's important to be fair and I find it sad. I almost feel sorry for you.

    So far, I am impressed with the people he has surrounded himself with based on their competence and intellegence. But I'm not really partisan, refuse to hate for no reason, and refuse to rush to judgment, so I guess I don't belong on these blogs.

    December 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Lauren the Designer

    Seriously if you guys don't like anything about this administration, why don't you stop your whining and move somewhere else? We are very tired of listening to all the noise you make.

    (Although I can doubt that would really help...I'm sure the naysayers on here are probably just really unhappy individuals in general.)

    December 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Peggy





    December 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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