Shinseki absent from inaugural ceremonies
- Associated Press
- January 21, 2013 - 11:49 AM
WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was absent from ceremonial inaugural ceremonies as President Barack Obama was being sworn-in to a second term.
Shinseki was away from the Capitol for security reasons. He would have been the successor to head the government in any catastrophic event.
The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member of the president's top team not attend the inaugural ceremonies.
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