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US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will sit out Barack Obama's inauguration at an undisclosed location as the "designated successor" in the event of a catastrophe, the White House announced Monday.
"In order to ensure continuity of government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been designated by the outgoing administration, with the concurrence of the incoming administration, to serve as the designated successor during Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20th," Perino said.
Originally posted by resistor
Isn’t Gates the only holdover from the Bush administration? That means that it’s no slight to exclude him from the celebration, and as Def Sec he’s at least sufficient if worst comes to worst. A logical pick IMO.
Originally posted by Ivanova
How's this for synchronicity...
In a 2008 movie, Eagle Eye, a run away Pentagon computer
is out to kill all the president's men... except the Sec of Def
who has been chosen to be the successor.