The Obama administration is headed to the fair
Wonder why no one's Washington this month? Because they're all playing hooky at the fair.
No, seriously, the Obama administration is deploying secretaries, deputy secretaries -- basically anyone who can give a good speech -- to several of the nation's state fairs to tout (what else?) jobs, health-care reform, and rural economic development. (Because who doesn't want to learn more about rural education and changes in Medicare coverage in between roller coaster rides and servings of corn dogs?)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday went home to the Iowa State Fair and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is headed on Friday to the Land of Lincoln's fair. Education Secretary Arne Duncan went to Delaware's annual gathering in late July to talk to young farmers, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk went to the fair in Maine last week and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Wisconsin's fair last weekend.
It's no secret that fairs are prime political stomping ground -- several Republican 2012 presidential aspirants have already or plan to visit the Hawkeye State's festivities in Des Moines (make sure to see the Butter Cow) and President Obama, Vice President Biden and every other pol in the administration is no stranger to them too.
And Obama administration Cabinet secretaries are no stranger to deploying for political dog and pony shows. They hit the road earlier this year to tout the economic stimulus program and last year visited Midwest states to talk about relief for the auto industry.
The Federal Eye is a big fair fan. (He fondly recalls a funny-sounding goat at the Montgomery County Fair.) Upstate New York's Altamont Fair is his home state favorite and he enjoyed a 2008 trip to the Minnesota State Fair with Chris "The Fix" Cillizza and other colleagues before the Republican National Convention.
Which fair is your favorite? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
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• CIA tapes of 9/11 plotter's interrogation don't show torture, official says: The disclosure resolves a mystery over what are believed to be the only existing recordings from the CIA's secret detention program.
• 228M eggs recalled following salmonella outbreak: The agency said eggs from Iowa were linked to several illnesses in Colorado, California and Minnesota.
• Pentagon suspends Lockheed missile contract: It's all because of concerns about reliability problems with a missile interceptor that is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's missile-defense strategy.
• Justice Dept. threatens to sue Ariz. sheriff Arpaio in civil rights inquiry: This focuses renewed attention on Joe Arpaio, a former D.C. police officer who runs a 3,800-employee department.
• Massey cited for failing to report mine accidents: The mining company is cited for failing to report more than 20 accidents at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in the two years before an April explosion killed 29 miners there.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS:
• VA begins posting security breach reports online: It's posting statistics on the number of security breaches and equipment thefts to its Web site on a monthly basis.
| August 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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