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Gates to sit out Obama inauguration (designated successor for disaster)
Yahoo News ^ | Mon Jan 19, 11:17 am ET

Posted on 01/19/2009 12:09:32 PM PST by gondramB

WASHINGTON (AFP) – 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.

While the eyes of the world are glued Tuesday to Obama's historic swearing-in, attended by outgoing US President George W. Bush and both outgoing and incoming senior aides, Gates will stay away, said spokeswoman Dana Perino.

"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.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bhoinauguration; bhosecdef; bobgates; gates; inaugeration; obama; secdef; successor
1. God Forbid
2. But we could do worse, should disaster strike
3. I didn't realize they had to "pick a guy" for inaugurations like they do for the State of the Union
1 posted on 01/19/2009 12:09:34 PM PST by gondramB
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To: gondramB

Voting is now obsolete.


2 posted on 01/19/2009 12:10:39 PM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: gondramB

The irony of THAT decision is HILARIOUS.


3 posted on 01/19/2009 12:13:27 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: gondramB
Don't be scared about something happening until Hillary asks to be the one put in a secure location with a judge and a Bible.
4 posted on 01/19/2009 12:14:25 PM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: gondramB

I imagine that usually they can’t. Cabinet secretaries aren’t approved by the Senate prior to inauguration day so they can’t designate a disaster replacement. Gates is an exception. Should something massive happen at the Capitol then he’d be it.


5 posted on 01/19/2009 12:15:30 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: gondramB
LOL, I thought Bill Gates was sitting out the inauguration.
6 posted on 01/19/2009 12:17:02 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: Badeye

Now if we get the repeat of the opening scene of King Ralph, where everyone in attendance gets electrocuted while taking a group photo!

President Gates . . . oops!


7 posted on 01/19/2009 12:17:27 PM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: gondramB

Call Karl Rove and GWB and have them crank up the “disaster” machine. Liberals heads would explode if Gates was left in charge.


8 posted on 01/19/2009 12:21:37 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: gondramB

The Haig Option is in effect!


9 posted on 01/19/2009 12:21:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (CIA Director!....So easy, a caveman can do it!)
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To: gondramB
"1. God Forbid
"2. But we could do worse, should disaster strike
"3. I didn't realize they had to "pick a guy" for inaugurations like they do for the State of the Union"

I agree with your first two comments. As to the third, appointing a "disaster successor" is rarely done particularly when administrations change for one very practical reason...the incoming POTUS intends to appoint his own cabinet. In this particular case, Obama asked Gates to stay on for at least a couple of years so Gates is the only member of Obama's cabinet who is in place and confirmed.

While I hope we don't need a disaster successor, I must point out that a terrorist attack would have to wipe out Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Byrd (Gee, Biden is Byrd Brain and Byrd is just Bobby Big Byrd Grand Kleegle or whatever of the United States of AmeriKKKa as Jeremiah Wright would note.) for Gates to succeed to the presidency.

10 posted on 01/19/2009 12:23:33 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Non-Sequitur

>>I imagine that usually they can’t. Cabinet secretaries aren’t approved by the Senate prior to inauguration day so they can’t designate a disaster replacement. Gates is an exception. Should something massive happen at the Capitol then he’d be it.<<

That makes sense.


11 posted on 01/19/2009 12:24:34 PM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gondramB
Zbigniew Brzezinski endorsed him? That is not good:

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12 posted on 01/19/2009 12:25:28 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Haig was spot on with what he did that day


13 posted on 01/19/2009 12:26:55 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom. not Really ha ha)
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To: gondramB

I’m sitting it out too, but I’m pretty far down the line of succession.


14 posted on 01/19/2009 12:27:30 PM PST by Iowamerican
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To: al baby

I agree.


15 posted on 01/19/2009 12:29:15 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (CIA Director!....So easy, a caveman can do it!)
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To: gondramB

Token in every sense of the word, Bill. Better get used to it.


16 posted on 01/19/2009 12:32:11 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Confidential to MSM: "Better Red than Read" is a failed business model.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Bob, Robert that is.


17 posted on 01/19/2009 12:33:58 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Confidential to MSM: "Better Red than Read" is a failed business model.)
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To: gondramB

He’s probably at Site R or Mt Weather.


18 posted on 01/19/2009 12:35:49 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: al baby; FlingWingFlyer
Haig was spot on with what he did that day.

Damned straight. He was a bit nervous on camera for my taste, but he absolutely did the right thing. SOMEONE had to make it clear to the Russkies that the command structure of our government wasn't paralyzed, and that they shouldn't have the illusion that we wouldn't respond quickly and forcefully if attacked.

Being in DC at the time (at school), I was particularly glad that this was made clear to the gangsters in charge at the Kremlin at the time. Besides, he made it abundantly clear that as soon as Bush's chopper landed, he'd hand over whatever authority he had.

Was it 110% Constitutitonal? Probably not; but as one of our Supreme Court Justices once said, "the Constitution is not a suicide pact." With a nuclear Pearl Harbor 30 minutes away, observing all of the niceties isn't always an option. Better to have a somewhat nervous former commander of NATO in charge, just so that the bear minded his Ps and Qs. In this case, the entire military is by now accustomed to taking orders from him - so various bears, dragons and 7th century monkees will be careful.

19 posted on 01/19/2009 12:52:53 PM PST by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation dedicated to stopping the Obamination from becoming President)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Imagine the pressure of knowing that if things go to hell in a handbasket, you´re up!


20 posted on 01/19/2009 12:52:57 PM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: Perdogg
He’s probably at Site R or Mt Weather.

Maybe he'll be hanging out with Machine Gun Cheney. He'll be safe as long as he's behind him. :>)

No flames, please - I like Cheney a lot, and really think that HE should have been CINC for the last 8 years.

21 posted on 01/19/2009 12:54:56 PM PST by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation dedicated to stopping the Obamination from becoming President)
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To: gondramB
From another thread:

Obama places his hand on the bible and Chief Justice says: ... Before we can proceed I require TWO Photo IDs, a Certified Birth Certificate and Proof of Insurance!

That would be the disaster (for Obama) I'd like to hear about!

22 posted on 01/19/2009 12:55:04 PM PST by Tellurian (Sanctity of life and sanctity of property ... define our free country. (Star Parker))
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To: gondramB
Wouldn't that be something?

I could see the PTB exploding a nuke in the middle of the Inauguration with a Police State/gun round up soon to follow. (and the People would demand it)

23 posted on 01/19/2009 1:03:31 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Tellurian

Everytime I think of Obama taking the Oath I picture that scene from the movie Airplane where the the black dude smacks the the bible and says Aint no thing $hit


24 posted on 01/19/2009 1:06:00 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom. not Really ha ha)
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To: Iowamerican
I’m sitting it out too, but I’m pretty far down the line of succession.

LOL. Still, probably more qualified than zero.

25 posted on 01/19/2009 1:07:44 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Baraq Hussein 0bama - AntiCHRIST Usurper - He will NEVER be my President !!!!!)
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To: gondramB
The big security risk is the Klintoons.
26 posted on 01/19/2009 1:12:43 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Ancesthntr

“He was a bit nervous on camera for my taste, but he absolutely did the right thing.”

Haig was Chief of Staff at that time. He was a military man, by experience, not a US Conbstitution career scholar.

I agree he did nothing really out of line, based on the situation, and what I mentioned above.

I’m fine with just going with Gates. I like him. Forgetabout Obama.


27 posted on 01/19/2009 1:17:51 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: gondramB

Sounds like Gates is preparing for a plot out of Clancy’s “Executive Orders”


28 posted on 01/19/2009 1:19:23 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: gondramB
Despite the “humor” posted by others, I for one am glad that someone is being a Big Boy about COOP.

This ceremony does present terrorists with THE target of opportunity - I pray the Secret Service, cops and military are all their toes.

Thousands could be hurt.

29 posted on 01/19/2009 1:28:05 PM PST by ASOC (This space could be employed, if I could only get a bailout...)
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To: truth_seeker

Haig was Secretary of State at the time. He was Nixon’s Chief of Staff.

When Reagan was shot, he was the highest-ranking person in the Executive Branch in DC (Bush was hustled onto AF 2, and was enroute when Haig made that speech).


30 posted on 01/19/2009 1:34:55 PM PST by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation dedicated to stopping the Obamination from becoming President)
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To: ASOC

Agreed. However much we don’t like Obama and those around him, he’s the POTUS starting in about 20 1/2 hours, and I will never wish for him or those around him (let alone lots of folks in a crowd) to be hurt or worse.

I’ll fight those of his policies I think wrong (which will be about 98% of the time), but he will be the POTUS. We, unlike the libs with BDS, should act like mature and moral grown-ups. Don’t worry, there will be time to fight him and his.


31 posted on 01/19/2009 1:38:28 PM PST by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation dedicated to stopping the Obamination from becoming President)
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To: Ancesthntr
I used to tell folks, I know a lot of AH officers while in the military. I am saluting the rank/uniform - not the person.

AS for as the almost POTUS, I'll wait and see what he DOES, ‘cause up to now, he ain't done much (apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

32 posted on 01/19/2009 1:41:42 PM PST by ASOC (This space could be employed, if I could only get a bailout...)
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To: Ancesthntr
I used to tell folks, I know a lot of AH officers while in the military. I am saluting the rank/uniform - not the person.

AS for as the almost POTUS, I'll wait and see what he DOES, ‘cause up to now, he ain't done much (apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

33 posted on 01/19/2009 1:43:08 PM PST by ASOC (This space could be employed, if I could only get a bailout...)
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To: ASOC
This ceremony does present terrorists with THE target of opportunity - I pray the Secret Service, cops and military are all their toes.

Terrorists? Try the ultimate strike for hostile nations as well. Hope the Navy is keeping track of China and Russia's SSBN fleets and nothing is nearby.

34 posted on 01/19/2009 1:45:37 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: gondramB
As soon as 0Zero takes the Oath Of Office, America will find herself embarked on at least a four year disaster...
35 posted on 01/19/2009 2:33:47 PM PST by Gritty (The Democrat Party is a poxed whore for whom no condom is thick enough. It's a death trip-Vanderleun)
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To: Ancesthntr

“Haig was Secretary of State at the time. He was Nixon’s Chief of Staff.”

I stand humbly corrected.


36 posted on 01/19/2009 4:21:19 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: gondramB

nobama taking over the whitehouse is a disaster.


37 posted on 01/19/2009 4:22:46 PM PST by sergeantdave (Michigan is a bigger mistake than your state.)
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To: gondramB
Is this the “big bang theory” in living color?
38 posted on 01/19/2009 4:59:42 PM PST by exnavy (Democrats are NOT firearm friendly.)
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To: gondramB
Is this the “big bang theory” in living color?
39 posted on 01/19/2009 4:59:50 PM PST by exnavy (Democrats are NOT firearm friendly.)
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To: LeonardFMason

“Liberals heads would explode if Gates was left in charge.”

Depending on the disaster, should one strike, ALL the liberals will be there with exploding heads - joining the likes of those they most admire (Vladimir, Josef, Adolf, Benito etc)


40 posted on 01/19/2009 5:45:20 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: gondramB

Tom Clancy wrote a book about the whole government being wiped out in a terrorist attack. Exective Orders, I believe it was called.


41 posted on 01/19/2009 7:13:01 PM PST by walsh
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To: gondramB
From the article,

Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino said Defense Secretary Robert Gates had been designated to stay away from Tuesday's inaugural festivities "in order to ensure continuity of government." By custom, one government official stays away when others in the line of presidential succession attend public events. Gates has been tapped to remain in his post by Obama.

The same Dana Perino...

White House press briefing of November 18, 2008:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081118-6.html

[...]

Q Okay. Does the White House believe there is no question at all about the birthplace, and thus the required U.S. citizenship of the President-elect?

MS. PERINO: I think we're in good shape on that. (Laughter.)

Q You are in good shape?

[...]

42 posted on 01/19/2009 8:03:01 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Ancesthntr; al baby; FlingWingFlyer; truth_seeker
Funny thing about it is that Haig was bluffing. He didn't have the launch codes. For a few hours there neither Reagan (who was of course in the hospital), Bush, nor Haig had them, as a couple of FBI guys had spirited away the football. That was one time I know of that we were vulnerable to a first strike. Of course Haig knew this too, and knew he had to send a message to the Soviets.

A friend of mine who served under Haig in Vietnam has nothing but good things to say about him.

43 posted on 01/19/2009 8:06:39 PM PST by squidly
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To: walsh
"Tom Clancy wrote a book about the whole government being wiped out in a terrorist attack. Exective Orders, I believe it was called."

Yes. Just by coincidence, I'm reading it now. Jack Ryan becomes President. Conservatives would like it.

44 posted on 01/19/2009 8:07:21 PM PST by mlo
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To: KarlInOhio
"Don't be scared about something happening until Hillary asks to be the one put in a secure location with a judge and a Bible."

When Lyndon Johnson killed JFK, that was his plan too, except he did it on Air Force I.

45 posted on 01/20/2009 1:27:53 AM PST by BILL_C (ANSWER Palin is unqualified with SO IS OBAMA, but Gov.Palin is all American, and is NOT A MARXIST!)
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To: mombonn

“LOL, I thought Bill Gates was sitting out the inauguration. “

LOL I thought Bill Gates PAID for the innauguration.


46 posted on 01/20/2009 5:05:17 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Control the information, you control the people.")
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