The news conference at a Chicago hotel is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m. Eastern.
Obama plans to roll out his entire national security team. He’s retaining Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon and is naming retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security adviser.
During the primary season Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were bitter rivals, there is no question about that. Their rivalry was one for the books and a rivalry so fierce it threatened to tear the Democratic Party apart at a time when the outcome for the election favored a Democratic victory. Somehow I never doubted that Barack Obama would win the Democratic nomination and I never doubted that Hillary Clinton was a team player. She certainly proved that during the Democratic Convention when she called for the nomination of Barack Obama by proclamation, a historic first.
I tuned in to watch most of the debates, beginning with debates prior to the start of the primary season. I listened quite intently to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom I supported on their positions, although I always supported Barack Obama for president. It was the South Carolina debate where I had made up my mind that Barack Obama was most definitely the better choice. I did not appreciate her performance in that debate, or her husband’s behavior campaigning for her in South Carolina. The debates wore on and the rivalry grew. The more vicious the primaries became the less and less I listened. In the back of my mind I knew that in spite of their rivalry I knew they would come together.
It did not surprise me in the least when she was not vetted for the vice presidential nominations, not because of the rivalry, but because I felt she would probably serve the nation’s best interest in another capacity. There was never a doubt in my mind that Barack Obama would put Hillary in his cabinet. He did not disappoint me either, he did what I thought he would do, he put Hillary Clinton on his cabinet in one of the most prestigious positions there is, Secretary of State.