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Obama to Announce Hagel, Brennan at 1:05 PM ET

President Obama is expected to announce that he is tapping former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be Secretary of Defense and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director during an East Room ceremony at 1:05 pm ET.

I will live stream the event.

Obama appears to be trying to make a bit of a splash with the Hagel announcement by staging it in the East Room, hoping to give Hagel a running start as heads toward what promises to be a tempestuous confirmation process in the Senate.

By contrast, last month’s announcement that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) would be nominated as Secretary of State was a low-key affair in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room.

19 Responses to Obama to Announce Hagel, Brennan at 1:05 PM ET

    • These 3 aren’t even qualified to be considered a ‘star’ for dancing with the stars.

      This is the bottom of the barrel nominations.

    • I read that a Congressman has introduced a bill to amend the Constitution by repealing the 22nd Amendment, lwhich imits the President to two terms in office. Given the love fest a large portion of our population enjoys with Clinton and Obama, I think it may have a chance of passing.

  1. Sounds like Obama is still kicking dirt in Bush’s face with this nomination. Hagel voted for the Iraq Resolution before he started calling for immediate troop withdrawal in 2006. He vehemently opposed the Iraqi surge, as well as Obama’s Afghan surge. According to Chuck Todd, Repubs weren’t so much angry at Hagel for opposing the war, it was the fact that he kept throwing it back in their faces. Another diabolical move by Obama to taunt the Repubs.

    • you know girly, I think you’ve got a great point there. I was really wondering wtf Obama was thinking with picking Hagel. I could see he wanted to spit in someone’s face, but I think you’re right, it’s still motivated by Bush-hatred. old habits die hard, I guess.

      and, at the same time, Obama can take credit for being non-partisan (“look, he nominated a Republican to be SecDef!” the low-info voters will say.) a win-win…for Obama, and a lose-lose for America.

  2. This is just another indication of how Obama enjoys sticking his finger in the eye of America.
    At what point will someone rise up and stop him from destroying our Country ?

  3. I wonder if Obama using Hagel like he used Susan Rice as a decoy to draw all the venom from congress, then quietly slip in someone else after all the airwaves are saturated and the news moves on to something else.