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First Day for Several Cabinet Secretaries

By Ed O'Keefe

Several cabinet secretaries started their new jobs today on the first full day of the Obama administration.

So far only Interior Sec. Ken Salazar has been greeted by a formal welcoming ceremony at his new place of employment.

Over at Veterans Affairs, there will be no formal welcome for Sec. Eric Shinseki -- at least not yet.

“He has a full afternoon of briefings ahead of him, especially the budget and related issues,” VA spokesman Phil Budahn.

The USDA may hold a formal ceremony welcoming Sec. Tom Vilsack tomorrow afternoon, according to spokesman Jim Brownlee.

No word back yet from the Education Department about plans for Arne Duncan.

The Department of Homeland Security has posted the new official biography of Sec. Janet Napolitano. In an effort to quell concerns that she lacks homeland security experience, the bio stresses her work as chairwoman of the National Governors Association and as a U.S. attorney. See the full bio after the jump.

Official Homeland Security Biography of Secretary Janet Napolitano:

Janet Napolitano was sworn in on January 21, 2009 as the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Napolitano was mid-way through her second term as Governor of the State of Arizona. While Governor, Napolitano became the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, where she was instrumental in creating the Public Safety Task Force and the Homeland Security Advisors Council. She also chaired the Western Governors Association. Napolitano previously served as the Attorney General of Arizona and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Napolitano's homeland security background is extensive. As U.S. Attorney, she helped lead the domestic terrorism investigation into the Oklahoma City Bombing. As Arizona Attorney General, she helped write the law to break up human smuggling rings. As Governor, she implemented one of the first state homeland security strategies in the nation, opened the first state counter-terrorism center and spearheaded efforts to transform immigration enforcement. She's also been a pioneer in coordinating federal, state, local and bi-national homeland security efforts, and presided over large scale disaster relief efforts and readiness exercises to ensure well-crafted and functional emergency plans.

Napolitano graduated from Santa Clara University in 1979, where she won a Truman Scholarship, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before joining the law firm of Lewis and Roca.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2009; 3:05 PM ET
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DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT BARACK OBAMA SAYS, BUT CAREFULLY WATCH WHAT HE DOES !!!

Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He vows to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!! (Each year about 1.3 million American smokers quit successfully).

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 21, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey TIMNGUYEN1 - I know Obama hasn't fixed the economy, won the war on terror, cleaned up Washington, or healed the partisan divide in this nation, but could we maybe give him some time? Like, more than a day?

Remember, it's taken the last eight years for things to get this bad. I'm willing to give the guy benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: cnote_723 | January 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He vows to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!! (Each year about 1.3 million American smokers quit successfully).

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Are you seriously going to post this same comment on every single board you can find?

When the campaign started the country wasn't facing a serious economic downturn. Now it is. Should we pretend, in the words of our former president and the former Rebublican candidate that our economy is "essentially sound". Or should we acknowledge the very real issues at hand and address them?

Posted by: AnnM | January 21, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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