Gates Will be "Designated Successor" During Inauguration

The lone major leader going from the Bush Administration to the Obama cabinet will not attend Tuesday's inauguration.

When there are gatherings of the nation's biggest leaders like the State of the Union address, one cabinet member is taken to a secure location in case a catastrophic incident were to occur.

That person this time around according to the White House will be Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the former president of Texas A&M. Gates was asked to remain in President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet once he takes over from President George W. Bush Tuesday.

Gates was asked to join the Bush cabinet in late 2006 to replace Donald Rumsfeld.

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