January 134, 2009
Officials from the Bush and Obama administrations crossed paths at the White House Tuesday to participate in a homeland security exercise.
The scary hypothetical scenario was how the federal government should respond to a terrorist attack using improvised explosive devices on the transportation infrastructure and other economic targets in major U.S. cities.
They also looked at responses to other disasters like pandemic flu and hurricanes during briefings, including time spent in the White House basement “Situation Room” where national security crises are handled.
“As Republicans and Democrats, we disagree on a lot of policy issues, but we agree completely that we want this new team to be as successful as they possibly can be, especially in the areas of national and homeland security,” Josh Bolten, Bush’s chief of staff , said before the exercise began. “And this morning’s activities, I think, will be an important contributor to that. ”