Albright thought she was third in line for Presidency!

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    I don't have a link yet but Madeine Albright just told Stephen Colbert that she was third in line for the Presidency when in office. I'm actually watching it right now and am appalled at her arrogance. Shouldn't people be given a Constitutional litmus test before being allowed into the Cabinet? I will post a link as soon as I find one.


    Current line of succession
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    Speaker of the House of Representatives
    President Pro Tempore of the Senate
    Secretary of State
    Secretary of the Treasury
    Secretary of Defense
    Attorney General
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    Aw, c'mon, you're being a tad harsh ain't ya? She was only out by two places...
     
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    I don't think I'm being harsh at all. This person was in charge of all foreign diplomacy. She was the voice of our nation to others around the world. The least she could do is know the Constitution.
     
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    What has the Constitution have to do with foreign diplomacy? I thought she did an OK job. Colin Powell was better....one of the few saving graces of the Bush presidency....
     
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    This has nothing to do with how she did the job. She is still a huge voice in the world community. You don't think those that represent us to the world should at least know the Constitution? The Constitution is the foundation of everything that our nation represents. Those that represent us to the world should know what represents us.
     
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    A bit of an over-reaction, no? Right now I'm way more concerned that the PRESIDENT doesn't know the Constitution and NEVER knew anything about other countries. And Albright DID do a good job and if she misspoke, she misspoke.... Personally, I was way more embarrassed that Condi was shoe shopping in NYC and going to Broadway shows in the midst of the Katrina debacle. How's that for what our nation represents?

    BTW, I forgot about the President pro tempore, myself. Seems it's Ted Stevens, the lovely man with the Bridge to No Where. lol... :halo:
     
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    Just out of curiousity, what should the Secretary of State have been doing during a domestic natural disaster?
     
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    Fair question. I think it's more a matter of perception. It looked incredibly insensitive. And the issue raised in the initial post is that it was embarrassing for Albright to make the mistake she did. I think, under the circumstances, I was way more embarrassed by the appearance raised by the Secretary of State being out partying when something so horrible was going on. Since embarrassment is subjective, was just saying how I feel about it.

    But I don't want to hijack this thread. I just think Albright's error wasn't a biggie in the greater scheme of things.
     
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    Of course it was. Can you imagine if a plane went down with the President on board and the Vice President was at that very moment walking in front of a big bus? There'd be Madeleine duking it out with the Speaker of the House AND a few of the others who also thought they were in line for the top job. It would be unseemly.

    On the other hand if she was the only one left standing....
     
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    I reject your reality and replace it with my own! :D

    Just kidding... I understand where you're coming from. But I disagree. I think not knowing the chain of succession is somewhat serious - especially for someone in the chain.
     

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