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. boered1

    @clifford December 1st, 2008 10:30 am ET

    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".

    Actually what YOU fail to realize is that we Obama supporters ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD and READ his platform, we looked at what he SAID he was going to do instead of just listening to the liar hillary tell us about what he was going to do and the idiot republicans smear him by telling us what he was going to doand the "news" telling us what he was going to do and UNDERSTOOD it and are NOT surprised nor hurt by seeing him do JUST HAT HE SAID HE WOULD (with a few minor exceptions like repealing the tax givaway to the wealthy which I understand because I saw what happened wo Wall Street TODAY when they were worried we did not buy enough this weekend)

    So nope not hurt, nor surprised he is doing exactly what we knew he would.. sorry that you did not bother to do your research before the election and are now surprised!


    December 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    How many of the other spouses were on hand? If all were there, then Bill probably should have been there also. If none, then he should not have been. In any case, his presence might tend to over-shadow the event. So maybe it's best he didn't show up.

    December 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Probably for the best, but I'd have rather seen Bill be SOS than Hill. But he'll be there, in essence, anyway.

    December 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    And where would he be, if he was on hand? What what? Did you expect him to be standing behind Hillary with his arms around her? *LOL*

    I am quite sure that both Bill and Hillary are both committed to working with Barack Obama to make this country and the world a better place than it is now! And I think they can.... together with the rest of the Cabinet! And I am quite sure that Bill is well aware that HILLARY has been named SOS, not himself! Bill and Hillary Clinton have been wonderful public servants, and will continue to be so as long as they live. Barack Obama is well qualified to be President. His choice of Cabinet confirms that to my mind!

    I think the Media needs to cool it a bit.... I don't think I ever heard the Bush/Cheney administration criticized for their judgement or their choices for the Cabinet. It was much more like... Wow... isn't it just hunky-dorry! and COOL! and.... like that!

    Please, CNN, report what is happening. Stop trying to shape it! Let us know the truth... not your suppositions! We can judge for ourselves. And NOT just CNN... .I notice a certain amount of cynicism from all the media that I find very frustrating and surely did not see in regard to Bush/Cheney even at their worst.

    Obama is NOT even in office yet. Do you truly anticipate that he is not going to be qualified to do the job? Because that is how you are coming off to this old Indian Texas Teacher.

    December 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. kasera

    why should he have to attend? by the way for doubters of clintonites........Clinton brought prosperity to America than any other president in a give him a break and leave him alone

    December 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Terri

    Another excellent pick from out President-Elect.

    December 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Terri

    Another excellent pick from our President-Elect.

    December 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    At the risk of sounding totally redundant! People, it does not matter where Obama was born!!

    His MOTHER was an American Citizen; therefore, HE IS!

    So, there is absolutely NO REASON for the man to lie about the issue!

    What? Do you think that our military men and American business people with their families in foreign lands birth children who are NOT American citizens?

    Come on..... open your minds and THINK... this is not Rocket Science... it is simple LOGIC!

    Get over it, Repubs.... stop listening to Rush Limbaugh! You LOST! Seriously.... I mean REALLY! 🙂

    Like it or not.... Barack Obama and Bill Biden are the new Administration! 🙂

    December 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Terri

    Michelleitis? Wearing prints? Thank God, that we're focused on the important things. Not.

    December 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Jenn

    BigDenver December 1st, 2008 10:35 am ET

    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"….how 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!

    It was down to $150,000 by election day, by the time he is sworn in it will be down another $100,000 to $50,000 and that means most of America will be getting NO tax cut only a tax INCREASE.
    The man has changed his mind and his policies over and over again to fit his political needs. That's not change that's just the good old boys club at work again

    He states it's his policies that are the change not the people in place to enforce them

    December 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Jenn

    yeah right

    December 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Ron.Toronto. Canada

    This is for Janey!
    Get your facts straight. Canada did not vote in the Conservative
    party by a landslide. The Conservative party called an early
    election so they could get a majority government. It did not work
    They are no diffrent than your Repubs. That is why I did not vote for
    this time. The world has changed and the Repubs. agenda no
    longer functions. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!! 56million
    Americans thought so.

    December 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. kyle from ohio

    JuanM: You must be joking "that there is really no difference between Repub and Dems. After the last 16 years 8 with Clinton and 8 with Bush. How about World view and economic growth etc......

    December 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. C.T.

    John, Please tell the rest of the world you are not as stupid as you sound.

    December 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. GOP=Epic Fail

    That's right Bill.....step back and let your wife go solo, you're a great husband for not sharing the stage with your wife; because you know that this is Hillary's OWN merit that got her where she is.

    unlike Todd Palin who lurched all over his wife like a abusive stalker of a husband, leeching the spotlight off his own wife's merit.

    Hillary = progress

    Sarah = regress

    December 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. gregg

    texas teacher,, what do u really teach.. i thank i was not 1 of your students,,, do u really think the god of the world is qualified ? 137 days in the senate working? no wonder he has surrounded his self with the clintons,, he needs all the help he can get,, a democrat for 25 years who voted for mcain

    December 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Rachel

    I think Obama is doing fine and I think Hillary will do a good job for him. I see some are still harping about Obama's birth certificate. Get over it! There is no proof that he was not born in the United States. You just can't stand the thought he won. We finally get someone smart, I should say brilliant, in the white house and we have nit picking from the peanut gallery! We've got a lot of people but no wisdom and that is why Obama got the majority of Electorial and Popular votes! People (encluding the press) have discovered within Obama is a very intellegent wise man. So wise up and support our President. Either that or go to some other country. As Nixon once said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!"

    December 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Ron.Toronto. Canada

    60 year old Whitefemale.

    I am a 76year old whitemale born in England. I was taught in school
    waaaay back in in 1944 to only believe only 25% of what you read
    in the media.
    To some of the other bloggers. If what you are writing is true. Don't
    worry , you will be able to vote Sarah in about two yearsfrom now.

    December 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Too Busy

    Bill won't be there because he is busy shredding documents on his foundation. Sleeze.

    I guess his "hands off" on direct management of the good ole boys foundation will be to appoint Chelsea to run it.

    Dear God I had hoped to never see a Clinotn before the camera again as long as I lived. I trusted Obama to make the right choices and other than these 2 he definitely has. But now it's starting to look like Clinton 3.0 and I am afraid he will be overshadowed by 2 Clintons pushing each other off the stage.

    December 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. yellow dog democrat

    Bill knows full well that Hillary has won and earned this moment – her moment – not his. He doesn't want to appear as her "prop".

    I am proud that Hillary has reached this stage in her political career.....she has worked very hard and deserves our support and respect.

    December 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. When does postpartisanship begin?

    Even when the story is not about Sarah Palin, her critics cannot control themselves.

    December 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Barry Soetoro

    John really is right you know.

    December 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. yellow dog democrat

    PS to Southern Girl – I like your G.R.I.T.!! excellent comments 🙂

    December 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Simmy


    December 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Change

    It's a starting to look like Bushie everywhere i go! How is that change working out for everyone?

    December 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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