From the Washington Post, November 21, 2008:
President-elect Barack Obama‘s pending selection of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) as secretary of homeland security was greeted yesterday as a sign that the new Democratic administration will fundamentally change the tone of the nation’s post-Sept. 11 approach to domestic security.
McCain called to congratulate Napolitano and said in a statement that her government experience “warrants her rapid confirmation by the Senate, and I hope she is quickly confirmed.”
Kyl said “she will bring a wealth of experience to the department” adding that her “distinguished career” had prepared her well for the position.
AP Report December 29, 2009:
Sen. Jon Kyl said he now doesn’t feel “totally safe” with Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary.
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, December 29, 2009:
Sen. John McCain‘s comments about Napolitano were more muted than his colleague’s.
“I respect the president’s choice and I want to work with her as much as possible,” he said.
McCain said the fact the man was subdued by passengers before being able to set off his bomb does not mean the agency, headed by the former Arizona governor, was doing its job. He said it needs to do more than just check passengers at the airport. “That’s the end of the line,” McCain said.
Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2009:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday said a “potential catastrophic breach” of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane.
“A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failure that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security,” he said.