President Obama and the first family aren’t the only ones taking in the sights and pressing the flesh this week in Latin America.
Eight Cabinet secretaries and top officials from other agencies are along for the ride, according to a list provided by the White House.
The sight of Cabinet secretaries traveling with the president while abroad is nothing new — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others have accompanied Obama to summits and other appearances all over the world.
But the current five-day trip through Brazil, Chile and El Salvador includes some interesting traveling companions. Take a look:
• Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner: Attended bilateral meetings with Brazilian officials, a formal lunch hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and a meeting with U.S. and Brazilian CEOs where Obama spoke.
• Commerce Secretary Gary Locke: Attended the bilateral meetings, hosted the CEO meeting and also attended Rousseff’s formal lunch.
• U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk: Attended the bilateral meetings, the CEO meeting and the formal lunch.
• Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg: Attended the bilateral meetings, the CEO meeting and the formal lunch.
• EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Attended the CEO meetings and the formal lunch.
(Energy Secretary Steven Chu was also scheduled for the trip, but canceled to focus on the U.S. response to the Japanese earthquake, according to the White House. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is also scheduled to visit Brazil in the coming weeks to follow up on energy-related topics discussed during Obama’s trip.)
Kirk will attend bilateral meetings with Chilean officials.
IN EL SALVADOR:
• Labor Secretary Hilda Solis: Scheduled to attend bilateral meetings with Salvadoran officials and a formal dinner meeting session. (Solis is the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet. Her mother is from Nicaragua.)
• USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah: Scheduled to attend the bilateral meetings and the dinner meeting.
• Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams: Also scheduled to attend the bilateral meetings and the dinner meeting.