The Obama administration has been methodically deploying cabinet officials to score political points for quite a while now. This strategic deployment has been especially common for top DOJ officials, as we have reported in the past. Among other things, there was Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli touting a tribal justice initiative in Niagara Falls and Perrelli traveling to Detroit to support the auto industry and announce a $10 million grant for more Detroit police officers. Most recently, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden was sent to take part in the “dog and pony show” that was the Indian artifacts raid.
Attorney General Eric Holder has been especially visible in supporting President Obama. Whether it be traveling with him to publicize stimulus grants, pledging to follow-through on the President’s pledges to the Muslim community, or sitting back and letting Obama call the shots, one thing is clear: Holder’s got the President’s back.
And now, Holder’s back on the road pushing Obama’s latest issue: community service, telling Philadelphians yesterday to get in the helping spirit. Holder was promoting the President’s new program aimed at increasing volunteerism across the nation United We Serve. Other high profile names were out promoting the initiative as well, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
You can watch Michelle Obama’s introduction of the program below: