Doesn't seem like the best way to stay in touch with the citizenry.
Those looking to vent frustration at the White House about the partial federal shutdown have two fewer ways to complain as the executive branch's switchboard and phone line for comments have been taken offline while the stalemate continues.
"Hello, you have reached the Executive Office of the President," a recording says. "We apologize, but due to the lapse in federal funding, we are unable to take your call ..."
The message adds that the lines will resume operation once a budget agreement has been reached and funding returns. "Please call back at that time. Thank you," it says.