Overwhelming Response to Obama’s Address Clogs Phone Lines, Websites

Posted on July 27, 2011

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MISHA WEE

In response to President Obama’s address to the nation Monday night regarding the current debt ceiling crisis, phones have been ringing off the hooks at the House and congressional websites have crashed due to an abnormally high volume of activity.

“So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard,” Obama said. “If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.”

It seems that Americans have taken Obama’s words to heart. The number of phone calls have nearly doubled, and congressional websites were either temporarily down or extremely slow.

The House usually receives about 20,000 phone calls per hour; however, after Obama’s message to the American people, the levels rose to about 40,000 phone calls at noon Tuesday. The House telephone circuits had almost reached capacity, with 149 people on hold for House Speaker John Boehner at one point.

Visitors to several House member websites were faced with error messages that said, “The site you requested is currently unavailable.”

The phone calls, voice mails and emails to members of Congress offered support of the current plan as well as criticism of the government’s slow response to the crisis at hand. After the overwhelming response to President Obama’s speech, it appears that the people want an answer, and they want it now.

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