In what Reuters calls “the latest exit from President Barack Obama’s cabinet,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that he would not be staying on for the second term.
In a good-bye letter to DOT employees, he made only a passing three word reference the “Distracted Driving Initiative”, which was bunched in with many other achievements, from High-Speed Rail all the way to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. La Hood, like many others, took credit for helping to “jumpstart the economy and put our fellow Americans back to work with $48 billion in transportation funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009,” and for pouring badly needed $2.7 billion into 130 transportation projects across the Nation. A $50 billion program probably would have made more sense.