In every State of the Union address, a single member of the President's cabinet stays away from the Capitol to ensure the continuity of government if tragedy struck. Â They are the "designated survivor."
So, where do these survivors go on their night away? Well that depends.Â We asked four former cabinet officials -- Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Health and Human Service Secretary Donna Shalala, Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson and Interior Secretary Gale Norton -- what they did on their night away from the speech Â and what it was like to be in position as the governmentâ€™s sole survivor.
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified Gale Norton as the Energy Secretary.Â