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.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 37845809 -
Gray Television, Inc.