Washington, where ‘opportunity’ springs eternal

August 1, 2014

President Obama and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at the agency’s headquarters Thursday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Newly minted Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addressed a boisterous crowd of employees at his swearing-in ceremony Thursday.

With President Obama standing by and HUD employees whooping and hollering in the agency’s auditorium, Castro declared that “HUD is the Department of Opportunity.

A nice sentiment, but wait a minute. Where did we hear that before?

Ah yes, it was back in September, when newly minted Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, being sworn in by Vice President Biden in front of an equally enthusiastic crowd, declared: “The Department of Labor is the Department of Opportunity.”

Well, guess you just can’t have enough opportunity.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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