Sunday, June 8, 2008

Bloggers in White House

Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mike Leavitt

Secretary of Homeland Security

Michael Chertoff

Look who's blogging!

Mike Leavitt and Michael Chertoff at U.S. Homeland Security are the first two members of President Bush's Cabinet who are blogging. Michael O. Leavitt was sworn in as the 20th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 26, 2005. As Secretary, he leads the Nation’s efforts in protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services to those in need.On February 15, 2005, Judge Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Chertoff formerly served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

They are among the more than 61 million Internet blogs, according to, a site that tracks blogs.

The State Department has begun a blog, too, although Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is not a contributor so far.Chertoff and Leavitt discuss issues facing their departments and occasionally sound off on criticism of their policies.

Leavitt started his blog in August, having enjoyed reading a pandemic flu blog that his department began this year.

Chertoff began blogging in September so he could "open a dialogue with the American people about our nation's security.


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