EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGovernment Shutdown Taking Toll On White House Operations
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Andrew Spencer, CNN
Reported: Oct. 8, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 8, 2013 12:48 PM EDT
The partial government shutdown is taking its toll on the White House, where about 3 out of 4 staffers are being kept off-duty.
Aides on furlough are barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads.
Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers at the White House normally, fewer than 450 are working. That's because the rest fall under the unfortunate category of "non-essential."
President Barack Obama's aides have strived to maintain a sense of normalcy. But the logistical gymnastics of running the federal government's nerve center with a skeletal staff have created a sense of mild disarray.
Even the White House switchboard has been set to roll over to a prerecorded message. The message says to call back when the government reopens.
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