US President Richmond will be making his next State of the Union address later today. In his Cabinet is Tom Kirkman, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, which is on the lowest rung of Cabinet positions. Non-elected Tom, who was appointed from an academic career, and the President often do not see eye to eye, the latter who is losing political respect for the former. As such, the President has not included any initiatives raised by Tom in the address, and has informed Tom through his Chief of Staff Charlie Langdon that he will soon be demoted to a position based in Montreal (which is framed as a promotion) or fired if he does not accept the demotion. Further, Tom has been assigned the designated survivor for the address, meaning that he will be housed in a secret secured bunker while the rest of the Cabinet enjoys the public visibility by joining the President at the Capitol for the address. Things for all involved change drastically when the Capitol is bombed during the address...
Did You Know?
According to the time on the television on which Tom Kirkman is viewing the State of the Union address (10:15 p.m. Eastern) and the time shown in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (10:39 p.m.), Kirkman was moved to the White House and sworn in as President in fewer than 25 minutes. See more
Both the Senate and the House establish a designated survivor. Each federal agency has a continuity of government plan that determines their line of succession. So, in this event, there would be an acting president, Speaker of the House, president pro tempore of the Senate, and Cabinet. See more
There are times when we make history, and there are times when history makes us. This is a crucial moment for our nation, and America's colors burn brightest when we meet challenges head on.
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