President Barack Obama sang John Kerry's praise today, as he nominated the former presidential candidate to be the next secretary of state. But after the president spoke, Kerry did not.
It is highly unusual for the person being nominated not speak at the press conference being held for him. Nevertheless, that's what happened today at the White House.
Even CBS reporter Mark Knoller notes this oddity on Twitter:
Usually the nominee is given a chance to make some remarks, but not today. Neither did Pres Obama respond to queston about the fiscal cliff.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 21, 2012
As Obama finished, and started shaking hands with Kerry and his wife, the press shouted questions about the fiscal cliff. Obama did not respond to the questions.