Wednesday, January 27, 2010

HUD secretary stays home from Obama speech :Post#365 at this blog

WASHINGTON -- One member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet has been picked to watch his State of the Union address on television.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has been tapped to stay away from the speech in case a calamity were to strike the Capitol.

The White House typically selects one member of the Cabinet to remain in a safe place and skip attending the event that draws the Cabinet, top White House officials, Congress and the Supreme Court.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said shortly before the speech that Donovan had been given that assignment.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also is missing, but that's because she is traveling in London.

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