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. earle,florida

    Why doesn't Bill just divorce Hillary? What a joke for a,"marri-mirage",so typically american....

    December 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Bob

    I think Hilliary is a great choice. I am sure Bill is proud of her and very happy for him and her.
    She will be traveling more now than ever and Bill will be home alone. Alone? Probably not-What a great opportunity for him! LOL

    December 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. jd

    Im sure he is off somewhere chasing another skirt. Just hope that Hillary does not hit him with another ashtray. Poor Chelsey still doesn't no who is the father of this disfuntional family.

    December 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sophia in Canada

    I don't see the purpose of Bill Clinton being there.
    Were there other spouses there?
    Let's move on people !!

    December 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for over 40 years but this year I voted for Obama and we are becoming blessed by his strong choices in his cabinet. This is the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country and our president (PS: I'm white). I just finished reading Audacity of Hope and you people that think Obama is the wrong guy, just take a few days and read the Audacity of Hope! It is pretty bipartisian and paints his picture for the American future in political terms. It also is a history book and explains a lot I did not understand growing up. Please, before all of you that seem to be against Obama, read his book!!! God sent him to us for a reason at a very stressful time in world history!!! Listen and learn!!! We all might beable to win!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Gloria

    Euromade is a dope!!! Obviously you have not learned the hard lessons of the republicans & their cronies!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. fl;yinga2

    To Euromade:
    4 years of "Clinton and his (her) cronies will hopefully disembowel the likes of you and YOUR racist cronies, and rid you from the public/political forums. Your rhetoric steeped with hatred and ignorance are what foments the ideologies of race hatred and terrorism throughout the world. You should be cast in Hell, without parole.

    December 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. karen raleigh

    Please keep Bill out of the picture most of the time.

    December 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Theresa

    I am glad Obama has a clear vision for the future and where the country needs to go. Having Bill Clinton there does not matter at all. The important thing is that he supports the EP and his cabinet.

    December 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Phil in Albuquerque

    This story is stupid non-news, undeserving of comment.
    All of you haters need to get a grip. You say we've been "bamboozled". On the strength of a few cabinet picks and before he has even been sworn in, you say there will be no change. You are not Nostradamus (what is plural for ignoramus?) And since you can't predict the future, I take all of your comments for what they are: SOUR GRAPES. History will tell if Obama brings change. He won. Get over it. Life is too short to spend so much time swilling Hater Aid.

    December 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Lauren

    You have got to be kidding me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is going to help pay off Hillarys debt,,, pay her own

    December 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    He's needs to pick Chuck Hagel for a position.

    December 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Georgia for Martin

    I am so happy for Hillay Clinton she would be a great secretary of State.... Better days are coming.

    President Obama do your thing we love you

    December 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Ranea

    The title of this article is "Bill Clinton will not appear at Obama Announcement", but the article never states WHY he won't appear at the announcement. Doesn't he want to "appear" to support his wife (even if he doesn't in reality)?? If I were being nominated as Secretary of State I certainly would want my husband there for the one-time occasion. The writer is either in error for leaving it out or misleading with the title since it's the teaser to the reader.

    December 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Susan C.

    I wish the press will not continue to promote stories as to
    whether Bill Clinton attends or doesn't attend moments in his
    wife's career. Let Hillary have her own career, own moments–we don't need reports on Bill's whereabouts. She's her own person!

    December 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Ia Guy

    @pam Eugene OR


    The Clintons are here to stay, I suggest you drink some Kool-aide and relax before you have an aneurism. Oh and news flash: the election is over already.

    December 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Milhouse van Houten

    Was it Bills'choice or did the Obama people tell him to get lost.

    December 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Larry

    Bill would make a lot of since to be our Secretary of State–He knows everybody,he has worked with them and is respected-NOT his wife!!

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. boered1

    why would bubba be preent.. contrary to the what the
    news" organizations think he was not even running this election nor should he have any say in Obama's government.. bad enough he had to use the liar hillary.. but I can still hope that after 6 months he will fire her for incompetency and remove the clintons forever from the scene.. what a beautiful dream that is.....

    December 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Camereon Data

    What about the genocide in Rwanda that the Clintons and Susan Rice wer unable to stop. They all were against the UN troops to save lifes. Obama change is backward!!! I cannot wait to vote for a Republican president in 2012. My vote to Obama was a big mistake. He does not GET IT at all!!

    December 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    If Bill had missed a few of Hillary's campaign stops maybe Hillary would be Prez now.

    December 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Cindy

    This must be hard for Bill. He didn't want to see his wife work for Obama, he wanted Obama to work for his wife. He wasn't able to do it for her. And now Obama has forced him to do things he didn't want to do (release his donor list and get his speeches pre-approved... which, I'm sure, will never happen, since he never writes them ahead of time anyway...)

    If anybody can reign in the Clintons... Obama can. How amazing is that?

    I find I'm respecting Hillary again... she knows what must be done to repair the damage done by the previous administration, and she's obtained the right position to do it. She's going to be a fantastic Secretary of State, despite her husband.

    December 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. silver bells

    why should he???

    December 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. hilary


    Seeing that you insist on making a big deal out of his middle name, I doubt you'd recognize change if it hit you in the face.

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. NY republican

    pam – Of course Bill will continue to stay home. He's extatic that his wife will out of the country "solving the world's problems" 🙂

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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