White House e-mail system crashes

E-mail service failure forces staffers to turn to cell phones

Obama administration officials, already frustrated by having to surrender their modern technology tools for the archaic systems of the White House, got a fresh dose of indignity when the White House e-mail system ground to a halt yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

According to various reports, the e-mail servers started failing about 10 a.m. and disruptions lasted well into the evening yesterday. White House aides reported not receiving a single e-mail throughout the day on their computers or BlackBerrys.

Obama aides had just switched over from their now-defunct transition accounts during the weekend and were handing out their spiffy new government e-mail addresses when the outage hit, the Post reported.

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