Siri surprises White House press by answering a reporter’s question

Apple‘s personal assistant Siri isn’t just useful for setting reminders and getting weather forecasts. As reporters at the White House learned Thursday, she’s also a no-nonsense spokeswoman for the president.

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!

As funny as this was, it doesn’t hold a candle to White House reporters’ ringtones accidentally going off mid-briefing, from Harry Potter to Chamillionaire to a rooster crow.

Screengrab via C-SPAN/YouTube

Eric Geller

Eric Geller

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.