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How Janet Napolitano knows she's made it: Matt Drudge dubs her 'Big Sis'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was asked Friday about being called 'Big Sis' by Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. 'I am amused,' she said with mock seriousness. 'You know, I've made it.'

By Dave CookStaff writer / September 17, 2010

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a Friday Monitor Breakfast.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor



There is little that is fun about Janet Napolitano’s job as secretary of Homeland Security. The $56 billion department she heads is charged with protecting America’s borders, controlling immigration, guarding the president, and dealing with disasters.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is "amused" by the "Big Sis" nickname that Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report news aggregation site, has given her. "I've made it," she says. "Drudge has a nickname for me."

At least she has kept her sense of humor. At a Monitor-sponsored lunch with reporters Friday, Secretary Napolitano was asked how she felt now that Matt Drudge of the Web's Drudge Report has bestowed upon her the nickname “Big Sis.” "I am amused," she replied, with mock seriousness. "You know, I’ve made it. Drudge has a nickname for me.”

When Drudge uses Napolitano’s “Big Sis” moniker, it is sometimes accompanied by a picture of airport passenger screening equipment used by the Transportation Security Administration she oversees. The device in question allows TSA officers to peer under passengers’ clothes to try to detect any weapons.