Extreme Makeover: Federal Edition


A trio of federal agency heads strapped on hard hats and lent their support to Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which featured two building projects just outside the nation’s capital.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined show host Ty Pennington for a tour of the two projects, in which the popular ABC program built a new home and community center that will be used to provide after-school programs to at-risk youths in Prince George’s County, Md.

Chu praised the projects for incorporating green technologies such as solar panels, bamboo floors, energy efficient windows and geothermal heat pumps. Solis said she was impressed with the safety precautions being followed for the more than 2,000 construction workers and 1,300 volunteers working on two job sites. And Duncan discussed the importance of after-school programs such as those offered at the two facilities.

The brief scene, which can be seen here beginning at the 3:30 mark, left me wondering what other TV programs could benefit from a similar Cabinet-level guest appearance.

Perhaps Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could help weary travelers on The Amazing Race secure visas for one of their trips? Or Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack could discuss the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables to dieters on The Biggest Loser.

Can you think of any other amusing but oddly appropriate opportunities for your agency heads to get their 15 minutes of TV fame?


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