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.