Henry Kissinger used to quip that if he wanted to call Europe, what number should he use? Well he should have tried to call America during the recent government shutdown. If he had (as I did to express my frustration) he’d have heard a polite recording from the White House switchboard.
“Hello, you've reached the Executive Office of the President. We apologize, but due to the lapse in Federal funding, we are unable to take your call. Once funding is restored our operations will resume. Please call back at that time.”