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April 27, 2009

Transcript: Napolitano Monday news briefing

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on April 27, 2009

Shortly after 4:00 pm (eastern) Secretary Napolitano, along with the President’s Special Assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and the Undersecretary of State for Management, conducted a news briefing focused on emerging developments related to swine flu. The Washington Post has made available a transcript.

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 28, 2009 @ 5:55 am

Is there a “Doctor” in the house?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 28, 2009 @ 8:12 am

After re-reading transcript note that Secretary DHS stated “I” declared the public health emergency. Not what the documentation states, nor do I believ she has legal authority to do so. But could be wrong. Will be interesting to see if that is her posture when testifying before Congress this week. Also why not just issue a comprehensive statement indication whether or not DHS and FEMA have any role in this event and what that role is and sources of authority for that role. I know a nit-pick!
Also would like to see the documentation if any on Secretary DHS being named PFO in this event which she stated on the record in this interview she was the designated PFO! I know another nit-pick!

Isn’t interesting VP Joe Biden is never around when the going gets tough? Maybe one term for him and then Hillary (I wish). Smart and tough and very competent! This note is not completely out of context because for over two decades in government constantly argued for the VP to be the principal–yeah, here I go again–domestic civil crisis manager for catastrophic events in United States. Hey maybe its because I hate attending funerals and maybe some of the VP’s did also. Weddings are more fun. Except of course that wedding celebrations might just be great for spreading influenza right now. No Mexican bands? Hope not!

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