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|"My fellow Americans, tonight our way of life came under attack. This act of cowardice was meant to cripple our nation. |
But as before, America will show the world that we will not bow down to fear, that we will fight back, that we will persevere."
|Thomas Kirkman |
is probably as mild-mannered as they come. He's a dependable, level-headed family man, a devoted husband and a loving father. He was also, until recently, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a relatively low-level Cabinet member under Richmond's democratic administration in Washington.
Now, he's the President of the United States.
Following an utterly devastating terrorist attack on the Capitol Building during the State of the Union Address, Tom is, under continuity of government, unceremoniously sworn in as President. Tom is the last surviving Cabinet member, the designated survivor, randomly selected and arranged to be absent from the address in the event of just such an attack. It's the government's contingency plan, designed to allow the government to maintain and proceed with all of its essential operations in the event that either the President, the Vice President, the Cabinet and Congress are somehow wiped out.
Now it all falls to Tom to find a way of piecing back together a government that has been almost completely decimated, to bolster and support the U.S. through a second life-altering and historical terrorist attack in the country's history and to discover precisely who is responsible for destroying his nation's capital, and why.
It is a job to which he is unsuited, unelected and, some might argue, under-qualified. But it's something he simply has to do.
((rp journal for the character of tom kirkman, as he appears in the tv show, designated survivor. both mun and muse are over the age of eighteen.))