One of the best bits in the NYTimes profile this weekend of the first two weeks of the Trump Administration is this passage, where we learn that the White House staff is literally working in the dark:
Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit.
Is there not, like, a White House manager or something that could explain it to them? Did they fire the old maintenance staff? Is there not a manual somewhere with instructions on how to turn on the lights (“To turn on lights, flip the light switch located near the door’s entrance.”) Or maybe, as some on Twitter are suggesting, this was Joe Biden’s parting gift to the Trump Administration: He disabled all the lights.
Bruh, they keep saying nobody can figure out the lights in the White House and I want so badly to believe that Biden rigged it all.— 🤘 (@Sean_Bishop) February 6, 2017
all these posts about white house aides who can't turn on the lights make me think that biden really did throw a breaker on the way out…— Grant Horwood ⬋⬋⬋ (@gbhorwood) February 6, 2017
Biden: “I’m going to put tape over all the light switches in the Cabinet room.”— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) February 6, 2017
Obama: “Joe. No.”
Biden: “Seriously. It’ll work.” pic.twitter.com/X4BJNoWAdC
OBAMA: Joe, what did you do to the lights?— lawhawk (@lawhawk) February 6, 2017
BIDEN: I put them on a Sabbath timer. Jared should know how to turn it off
Obama: Joe! pic.twitter.com/ZAkZShef7B
flash back to 3 weeks ago and Biden casually writing a post it that reads "Flip for Socialism" and slaps it on all the lights https://t.co/EIAFUA8gbp— Ing (@ingdamnit) February 6, 2017
Joe Biden opens his desk drawer, looks at all the manuals for the ‘smart lights’ at the White House, and smiles with grim satisfaction.— P. Patterson (@OttawaPete) February 6, 2017
@PhilipRucker how many top administration personnel does it take to find the lights? Is this Joe Biden's last laugh! Wow! Great prank!— switchbackimage (@switchbackimage) February 6, 2017