Flashback video: Last time Bill Daley accepted a White House appointment, he fainted

January 6, 2011

Bill Daley will be announced as the new Chief of Staff for President Obama today. The press conference will take place this afternoon. Daley is no stranger to Washington D.C., as he served as Commerce Secretary under Bill Clinton.

I was working as a WBEZ producer when that announcement happened. I can remember clear as day that Daley fainted during the press conference. Yep, he fainted while Bill Richardson was giving his introductory speech after being appointed Energy Secretary. Everyone remembers that, right? Well, wrong - I just polled the WBEZ City Room and not one reporter, producer or intern remembered. It was, after all, 1997. So we Googled and found the video from C-Span. Enjoy.