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Calm Down, the Movie, Part II – The Awl

TheWhiteHouseBriefingRoomwouldhavebeenemptyiftheremainingreportershadanywheretogo。

Itwasthefourthscheduledpressconferencethathadcomeandgonewithoutsomuchasaknockonthebarricadeddoor。

BeforetheTVswentout,thingsseemedtobeslowingdown。

Butbeforetheinternetwentout,therewererumorsofinfectionintheWestWing。

Bythetimethephoneswentout,therewasno?

doubt。

Amongthereportersandlow-levelaidesstuckinthisroomwasayoungman。

Awriter。

Otherswereworriedanddevastated。

Heseemedmerelypreoccupied,hisbrowfurrowedasifhewasworkingonaparticularlydifficultChristmaspuzzle。

Itwas15:05EST,anhourandfiveminutespastbriefingtime。

Nothing,again。

Suddenly,theyoungmanstoodup。

Hetriedtopullthewrinklesfromhissuit。

Heclearedhisthroatonthewayupthedais,wherehestoodforafewsecondsshufflingoldpapers。

Hiscolleagueslookedup,tiredandconfused。

Hethenspokeassertivelyintothedeadmic,lookingoutoverthedimroom。

“Everything…isgood,”heexplained。

“Don’tpanic。

”Hesmiled。

Itwashistime。

Thefirstthingtodoistocalm?

down。



(Previously。


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