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02-03-11, 11:20 PM #1
White house experiences email outage and parties like it's 1989
Shortly before 8 a.m. the unclassified e-mail system that top advisers and the president himself rely on to communicate with each other went dark.
Reporters left hanging by unanswered e-mails were told of the blackout by a press assistant who said, "If you need to get in touch with anyone, you have to go up and see them because e-mail is down."
At 11:54, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer made a formal announcement via Twitter.
"FYI: WH unclassified e-mail went down shortly before 8 AM.' he tweeted. "Verizon is working to solve the problem. Pool reports will be avail in press office."
Not long after that an overhead intercom system sounded out a familiar announcement to those who worked in the White House during the dark ages. Pool reports, normally sent around electronically, were available on paper.
That's how it went for several hours. The podium where spokesman Robert Gibbs normally stands during his briefings was carpeted with pool reports and a transcript of an earlier gaggle by Gibbs aboard Air Force One.
02-03-11, 11:58 PM #2
That is hilarious!
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