December 1st, 2008
09:56 AM ET
10 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. prophet

    Beware the Razorbacks

    December 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. David

    Bill knows it's Hillary time and giving her the limelight for her accomplishments whereas she deserves it.

    Of course, pertaining to Samatha Powers she doesn't deserve a position at all for what she said during the primaries calling Hillary Clinton a monster. As a Hillary supporter, Samantha Power should just go back to college and teach and she doesn't deserve a position at the State Department.

    December 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Aaron from Ohio

    I'm very encouraged and hopeful now that Hillary will be Secretary of State. Bill was right not to attend the announcement. This is Hillary's day. Bill will be around to give her advice if she asks for it. Eight years ago we had the respect and support of our allies. Our economy had tripled under Bill Clinton. We were at peace. Bill had an affair with Monica and got impeached for it. He didn't have secret prisons. He didn't have warrantless wiretaps. He didn't condone torture. The republicans got their shorts in a knot and went after him during both terms of his presidency of their "moral" outrage. They're out now and it's time to start repairing the damage. The house has been cleaned and it's time now to put it back in order.

    December 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. MD for Obama

    TO JOHN:

    There is no news because there is nothing to prove!

    December 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    Hey John and "enemy":
    If you both don't have anything to do, why not try to know who were your ancestors.
    Can you proof that you are real Americans, or are you also coming from a Polish, German or Irish root?
    I hope that the upcoming eight years will bring some upgrading to your racist mind.

    December 1, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. DC Observer

    President Clinto could not make it as he is preparing for te Presidential run of Hillary in 2012.

    The public appearances on the world stage of Bill, Hillary, and Barack should provide for some entertaining moments .....and Bill and Hillary already know most of the Obama administration becasue most of them worked for Bill

    December 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Martin G

    Bill is happier than a peach!! or should I say impeached. He is now free to roam without that nag Hillary getting in the way. I'm sure he is smoking a big fat cigar as we speak. Good luck Barry keeping this broad in check. You will probably be very sorry you made Hillary your bit**.

    December 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. LyonsPhilly

    That's right. Bill mind your own store. This not about you.

    December 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. cheryl

    Hey EnemyofMine.....why are you under a cover, reveal yourself. Its a shame that people have to hide behind such racist comments. That's okay, he may be the house negro.....but guess what....YOU will have to abide by his rules. Get over it....maybe it will take a housenegro to turn around the mess that the masta's have created in this country.

    December 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Angie-OHIO

    John December 1st, 2008 10:04 am ET

    you sound like a very bitter and very,very little person. President elect Obama was born in the USA. Now get over it.

    December 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Marie

    Samatha Power should not have a position in the State Department. She over reacted in the campaign when the only threat was the possibility that Hillary might win. She did not use good judgement and did not honor the the addage that 'politics stops at the water's edge'. Who knows what she might say if she is appointed to a position in State and when faced by a real threat. As Obama said "words matter".

    December 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Max

    John is entirely right.

    As much as Obama supporters like to call people "sore losers" or nutjobs of any wing for saying anything against their candidate, I think it's worth pondering exactly why Barack Obama has been unable to produce his birth certificate. If anyone can come up with a reasonable answer, I'd be fascinated.

    December 1, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. jeff in MA

    ...and how is this newsworthy?

    December 1, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. jeff in MA

    Hey enemyofmine, the civil war is over, the north won, get over it you bigot.

    December 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Terri Ann ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    Max– what is it with you nutcases who keep harping on the "birth certificate" non-issue????????
    The State of Hawaii & the courts of Hawaii have said his Hawaiian birth certificate is genuine, legitimate, authentic– what more do you want?? Do you not think the State of Hawaii is part of the United States?

    December 1, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. canadian pov


    Please learn your facts. Canada DID NOT just elect a Conservative government by a landslide in the last election. They got a mere 37% of the vote and formed a minority government. A minority government that is about to fall any day now because they completely messed up their first attempt to address the world wide economic problems. They proved themselves to be exactly like the neocons that just lost a landslide election because they are more concerned about political opportunism than they are about governing in a reasonable and responsible manner.

    December 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Scott Tucson

    Hmmm....what can Bill be up to? Hillary as Secretary of State is only forth in the line of sucession to become president.

    December 1, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Matthew

    This is good stuff! I love it when a Country can come together. Now that the government is all fixed and running like a well oiled machine, I'm just waiting in line now for my hand-out!

    December 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. sglman4Obama

    Good stay home! You're a distraction we just dont need right now

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Our PE certainly is putting together some powerful and brilliant minds. Let's just hope to God they can get the job done. As far as Bill Clinton not being present, he should not be. It's not his show this time around.

    To those posters who are still going on and on (and on) about Obama's birth certificate, how can a child born to a woman from Kansas not be an American citizen? Let's move forward together, shall we?

    December 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. KJL

    Okay, okay. Have you folks with "birth certificate fixation" ever heard of Snopes? Go to their website and see what they have to say about Barack Obama and all the nonsense surrounding his place of birth and citizenship. You must think John McCain's campaign managers were such complete idiots that they didn't look for every possible crack in his armor.

    December 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Pete

    And this is relevant because???

    I won't be there either, in case anybody wants to know.

    December 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. JuanM

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama(Clinton heavy admin...yawn)

    December 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Erika, KS

    Oh Bill, I long for the days of old when you were at the helm. Economics were good, the stock market was sound. Hillary tried to help us with healthcare. Alas, the republicans continue to hate you. It's too bad. Maybe Hillary can bring back some of the good from the 1990's.

    December 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. jim

    CNN stop being paparazzi...

    December 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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