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Siri surprises White House press by answering a reporter’s question
Siri is taking over America.
It was a typical Thursday at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the daily White House briefing was wrapping up. Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama‘s press secretary, called on the last questioner. Midway through the reporter’s question about the Iran deal, however, someone accidentally activated Siri on their phone, and the pleasant female voice emerged to confront the reporter.
The reporter took the robotic outburst in stride and continued with his question. But the incident was a reminder to the White House press corps: Silence your cellphones during the briefing!
Screengrab via C-SPAN/YouTube
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.