November 4th, 2008
04:21 PM ET

Sidelined at the White House

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Kathleen Koch
CNN Correspondent

What a long, strange trip it's been. And what a long, strange day at the White House.

Staffers and the media all arrived at the usual time. Read the usual newspapers and wires. Made the usual calls. But there is an odd feeling of just going through the motions... that whatever we do today won't matter tomorrow.

We know we are on the sidelines. Voting is underway. The president has been more or less out of sight since Friday. So there are no events to cover. No briefings. No liveshots.

One thing is certain. It will all change tomorrow.

Heard today around the White House -

A network photographer:

"Nothing's happening. Not here, at least."

A wire service reporter:

"It's boring. Like a morgue around here."

A senior administration official:

"We're all curled in a fetal position under our desks."

A cable news producer:

"You want me to vacuum? I'm going to do the hallway a little bit..."

Another cable news producer:

"I'll vacuum when __ does a live shot. Does he have one? No."

Filed under: Kathleen Koch • Raw Politics
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Joe

    I need some clarification on electoral votes and the votes that the people cast..... If one candidate has a larger percentage than the other how can that candidate win that particular sate? DOES OUR VOTE REALLY MATTER....... OR COUNT?

    November 4, 2008 at 8:33 pm |
  2. Michael in Houston, Texas

    Wow that is funny. Well at least if the White House is not doing anything.....well that means we can't get into more trouble as a country

    November 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    They should have known nothing was happening there...why weren't they out covering real election news at Washington DC polling centers? Heaven knows, there have been enough irregularities already that it would probably have been more fruitful!

    November 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  4. Steve Boone

    Nice Grateful Dead reference.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  5. Emmybrown

    I think the democratic candidate has the ability to lead U.S Through this uncontended period of the Americans

    November 4, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  6. Tony

    Got to love what happens when you get a bunch of bored media types hanging around... perhaps they could dust while they're at it? Interview one another about the historic da... oh, wait, that's kind of what this is. Uh... have a surprise going-away party for GWB?

    November 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  7. jim stout

    Good thing the president has been out of sight. Its less likely he'll continue to do harm on this great country. I hope Cheney doesn't rear his not so pretty head again either. We need to get back to a place of hope in this country – something that left 8 years ago.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm |