What a day. I felt honored to attend yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony (and we enjoyed the Ball!). While I was fortunate to have attended the 2000 and 2004 ceremonies, needless to say yesterday’s was a powerful moment of progress in our country.
But this is a blog about homeland security. Readers may recall a series of posts here analyzing the homeland security positions of the presidential candidates in which I reviewed the tenets of then-Senator Obama’s platform. It included a broad set of goals to combat terrorist threats and keep Americans safer at home, including resilience, nonproliferation, public diplomacy, and information sharing.
Among our sources for that post was the campaign material and then the PTT site. The Transition site is now closed and the new Administration has begun use of whitehouse.gov. This includes a section on homeland security, which is noteworthy for how little has changed since the campaign.
Most campaigns make a lot of promises before being ratcheted back once governing begins. Today is day one. Much could change, but today we now have a new Homeland Security Secretary in Janet Napolitano. (The Senate confirmed her by voice vote yesterday.) And she has a strategic vision outlined by the president that is not much different from that which candidate Obama set forth.
You can review the Homeland Security agenda here.