Gates to Stay Away from Inauguration

By Danny

Jan 19, 2009 2:18pm

ABC News’ Ann Compton reports: In a sobering nod to the age of terrorism, President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama have agreed that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay away from the Inaugural ceremonies and would become President if catastrophe hit the Capitol at noon on Inauguration day.

Gates is the only hold-over from the Bush administration staying on, and as Secretary of Defense, he is already sixth in the line of succession to the presidency.  President Bush has designated Gates as the person who would be kept safe, away from the event, just as the White House does each year for the State of the Union address when all the government gathers in the House chamber, a risk in this era of terrorist attacks.

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