Those individuals who walk away from jobs, ofttimes well paying jobs, in order to serve their nation in high pressure, not as well paying jobs, under an administration deserve much respect. Some take the jobs with hubris, but most take their new positions with humility and a real desire to make their nation a better place. They may take months before they can be confirmed to their posts, even longer if congress is collecting political points by delaying appointments. After they finally begin leading and learning their new position, they have less than four months to meet the goals set by the administration and themselves.^As the Obama presidency slips slowly into lame duck status in an atmosphere where negotiation, compromise, and bipartisanship have become vulgarities, it is hard to fault members for leaving to reenter the private sector. At least the cartoon doesn’t indicate that Ms. Napolitano is going to work for a lobbying organization. Did she ever do favors for the university in order to get this job? If not, then I wish her good luck in her new career and am generally grateful for the way she conducted herself as head of Homeland Security. We have certainly had worse people appointed to positions in this and previous administrations.It would be good if appointees could be more promptly appointed in a civil and respectful manner so these ‘temp workers’ could quickly begin serving the administration and the American people.Respectfully,C.