Tallying Visits From the Boss (or the Boss's Wife)
Employees always seem to dress nicely and organize their desks when they know the boss is stopping by for a visit. While they haven't walked the halls inspecting offices, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden have made several visits to agencies and departments in the first few weeks to address the rank and file. Here's a quick recap of where they've been thus far:
1.) State Department: With Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton at his side, the trio announces the appointments of Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell as special envoys on Jan. 22.
2.) Treasury Department: Attends Secretary Geithner's swearing in ceremony, administered by Vice President Biden.
3.) Department of Defense: Along with Biden, meets with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and top generals on Jan. 28.
4.) Energy Department: On Feb. 5, appears with Secretary Chu to promote his economic stimulus proposals.
5.) Transportation Department: With Biden and Secretary LaHood, the president unveils the Recovery.gov logo on March 3.
6.) Interior Department: On the same day as his visit to DOT, Obama and Secretary Salazar mark the department's 160th anniversary.
7) Veterans Affairs: Celebrates 20 years since the VA's ascension to the Cabinet with Secretary Shinseki on March 16.
1.) Education Department: The first lady kicks off her tour of federal agencies with Secretary Duncan on Feb. 2, telling workers "I'm going to spend the next several weeks or months, however long it takes, going from agency to agency, just to say hello, to learn, to listen, to take information back where possible."
2.) Housing and Urban Development: With Secretary Donovan by her side on Feb. 4, she tells HUD employees that their department will "play a critical role in implementing elements of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will help our communities."
3.) Interior Department: Employees present her with a lavender-colored Native American shawl on Feb. 9, during the third stop on her "listening tour."
4.) Agriculture Department: Mrs. Obama presents workers with a seedling from the Jackson magnolia tree planted on White House grounds on Feb. 19.
5.) Transportation Department: On Feb. 20 she tells DOT employees that her uncles worked as Pullman Porters, Black railroad employees who served on passenger trains.
6.) Environmental Protection Agency: Touts the goodness of the economic stimulus package and thanks staffers for their efforts to protect the environment, on Feb. 26.
7.) State Department: Honors women and girls from around the world with Clinton on March 11.
Vice President Biden:
In addition to the visits he made with Obama to State, Treasury, DOD and Transportation, Biden administered the oath of office to Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department on Feb. 3, to Leon Panetta at CIA on Feb. 19 and to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis last Friday at the Labor Department.
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