Attorney General Eric Holder got the duty last night -- serving as the "designated survivor" or Cabinet member who stays in an undisclosed location for the president's speech to Congress, in case of a catastrophic event.
It was UM president Donna Shalala's turn in 1996, writes the Washington Post. The then-Health and Human Services Secretary "decided to camp out at the White House with her senior staff while President Bill Clinton was on Capitol Hill.
" 'Some people have gotten on airplanes and gone places, but I didn't want to spend any money, so I just ordered pizza and went to the Roosevelt Room,' she said. Shalala admitted that she briefly checked in on the Oval Office and sat at the presidential desk."