Shutdown Effect White House

October 8, 2013 - 2:35 AM
FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, the red carpet of the North Portico is prepared for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to welcome Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha to the White House for a State Dinner in Washington. Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the Blackberries they usually clutch like worry beads. Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work at the White House on a normal day, fewer than 450 are on duty, according to Obama’s budget office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)