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What would you do if you found yourself in the shimmering capital of the greatest empire in human history working for the most powerful man in the world, and everything was falling apart like toothpicks around you? If you said “I’d hide bottles of Smirnoff Ice all over an important government office building adjacent to the White House and try to get my boss drunk,” then congratulations — your judgment qualifies you to work at the Presidential Personnel Office. Apparently, those guys haven’t been doing anything more than goofing off and kicking back since Trump got elected.
From The Washington Post:
Even as the demands to fill government mounted, the PPO offices on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became something of a social hub, where young staffers from throughout the administration stopped by to hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, current and former White House officials said.
PPO leaders hosted happy hours last year in their offices that included beer, wine and snacks for dozens of PPO employees and White House liaisons who work in federal agencies, White House officials confirmed. In January, they played a drinking game in the office called “Icing” to celebrate the deputy director’s 30th birthday.
I don’t know what the big deal is. I mean, sure, this is the office that evaluates all presidential appointees for fitness to hold positions that have far-reaching effects on the entire country. And yeah, they’ve let a few drunk drivers, college dropouts, and people arrested for assault and underage drinking slip through. But sometimes the ball gets dropped when you’re having fun, right? Maintaining a laidback and boozy atmosphere is the key to having a well-run and successful office; any online retailer of colorful men’s shorts could tell you that.
Why shouldn’t the people responsible for upholding quality standards in the highest halls of national government blow off some steam now and again by Icing their boss and vaping on couches next to the water cooler? It’s not like they’re partly responsible for possibly the most understaffed executive branch in history. Give these guys a break. They’re chilling out.
Where do I get an application for the PPO? This sounds like an amazing place to work. After all, there’s no way I’m less qualified for a position in the government than this guy..
[via The Washington Post]
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