Ridge sworn in as head of Homeland Security

| 10/10/2001

On Oct. 8, Pennsylvania's Gov. Tom Ridge, a decorated Vietnam war hero, was sworn in as a key member of President George W. Bush's anti-terrorism team. Vice President Dick Cheney planned to give Ridge the oath of office as head of the new Office of Homeland Security, but it apparently wasn't advisable. Cheney stayed at a secure location and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath instead. Ridge now has an office in the West Wing of the White House. His job is to "detect, prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover" from terrorists attacks.