Defense Sec'y Bob Gates is -- quote/unquote -- "the designated successor" should a catastrophe befall Barack Obama and those politic leaders in the line of succession: Biden, Pelosi, Reid, et al. -- and apparently all at the same time; whereupon Monsieur Gates is to come out of hiding, pull an Al Haig, declare he's in control here, and call out the reserves to make the trains run on time.
What annoys me most is he's designated by the outgoing administration, i.e., the Cretin of Dallas, a right dandy means to a last-minute declaration of marshal law, if you ask me. But then that's what you get when you introduce the new boss/same as the ol' boss.
That's not change we can believe in.
Otherwise it's a logical decision.