By John Kanelis / firstname.lastname@example.org
President Biden is going to stand before a sparse gathering of officials Wednesday night for his first speech to a joint congressional session.
Here, though, is a strange wrinkle: There will be no “designated survivor” among the Cabinet members who can step into the office in the event of a catastrophe.
The COVID pandemic is going to limit the audience to 200 people. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be present, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate President pro-tem Patrick Leahy. Harris, Pelosi, Leahy and Blinken all, in that order, would succeed to the presidency if something happened to those ahead of them in the line of succession.
So, were something to happen, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen would be the next to step into the office.
Nothing is going to happen. Let’s stipulate that much.
It does kind of give me the creeps nonetheless to comprehend how much this pandemic has upset everything.