Walking into the Dept of Commerce Headquarters building this morning felt oh so right. Capitol aways to the left, White House to the right. Balmy, clear morning.

I met the 11 other new commercial officers in the lobby, before we were herded into a series of rooms to be badged, photo’d, documented, and then sworn in. Six men and six women; a total slice of Americana 2011. Age range 30-ish to 50-ish, prepping for launch that will take family and households to posts from Johannesburg to Toronto to Sao Paulo.

Dept of Commerce HQ: Herbert C. Hoover Building

Think I’ll raise my hand tomorrow and ask why the Commerce HQ is named after a late FBI director. Or is it that vacuum cleaner inventor…