Did the White House lower the flag@whitehouse.gov?

posted at 12:05 pm on August 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Almost two weeks after the White House launched its Snitch Central in order to get reports on political dissent over ObamaCare, it appears that the Obama administration and its chief propagandist have quietly thrown in the towel.  Matt Drudge reported this morning that all e-mails to flag@whitehouse.gov have begun bouncing back as undeliverable.  Tom Maguire ran a test, as did I earlier this morning.   This is what I got in return:

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

  flag@whitehouse.gov
    SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<flag@whitehouse.gov>:
    host mailhub-wh2.whitehouse.gov [63.161.169.140]:
    550 5.2.1 <flag@whitehouse.gov>... The email address you just sent a
    message to is no longer in service.  We are now accepting your feedback
    about health insurance reform via:http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck

Hmm.  OK, let’s take a look at the website again, and its contact form:

If you have questions about health insurance reform or suggestions on what topics we should address next, please let us know.

Please refrain from submitting any individual’s personal information, including their email address, without their permission.

I think the entire effort is a “permanent error.”  Unfortunately, if it passes, our money and our choices in health care won’t bounce back to us like this once it fails, as it will surely do.

Update: Fixed the formatting error that caused the message to run off the screen.  And to answer a question from the comments, yes, I was trying to flag myself.


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Of major concern is the WH’s explanation that some of the Axelrod letters were sent out by activist groups. How the heck did the groups get the email addresses if not from the WHouse? And they want to have our medical records on a data base.

Great idea /sarc

HoustonRight on August 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

If they have shut it down, I’m rather disappointed. It illustrated beautifully the trouble with socialists.

james23 on August 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

HotAirJosef on August 17, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Don’t have to hump a ruck to be a patriot. THANK YOU!

jwp1964 on August 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

People should just flag themselves at the president’s email aeddress since he is still so interested in misinformation. His Orwellian, “I never said there had to be a public option”. is just creepy. Flag yourself as remembering him saying that.

andy85719 on August 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

If they have shut it down, I’m rather disappointed. It illustrated beautifully the trouble with socialists.

james23 on August 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Yep. “report your family’s crimes” that was present in every communist regime.

wildcat84 on August 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Great, at least with a form they have a better chance at getting ip addresses than they did with emails – you know because when you use gmail, your ip is not shown. Not sure of any other online email provider that does that.

In any case, if you want to contact them “anonymously,” you’ll have to use a proxy or two and how many people know how to do that?

Candy Slice on August 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Even the loathesome ACLU took a few minutes away from protecting pedophiles’ right to check out child porn at your tax-payer funded libraries to get on foxnews this morning with Megan Kelly and say how troubled the were by the Whitehouse collecting the identities of those excercising political speech. I guess they’re right wing crazies all the sudden?

Western_Civ on August 17, 2009 at 1:13 PM

According to Obama’s campain commercials, we could have saved ourselves from all this spam by electing McCain.

Hooray for technical savvy, huh?

BlueCollarAstronaut on August 17, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Barry’s never held a real job in his life! How does he expect that he can run the economy?

Richard Blaine on August 17, 2009 at 1:14 PM

This is a victory for those of us who tried to jam the system.

WoosterOh on August 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Having witnessed the demise of HillaryCare while a MSM reporter, I wonder how Linda Douglas feels now after participating in the demise of Obamacare as a paid staffer. It must be terribly hard on her to fail twice.

JiangxiDad on August 17, 2009 at 1:17 PM

You folks are missing it. It all Bush’s fault!

pckle on August 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM

run away….run away…(sire would it help to confuse them if we run away more?)

HawaiiLwyr on August 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM

What a bunch of bumbling, fumbling morons.

flyawaybird on August 17, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Having witnessed the demise of HillaryCare while a MSM reporter, I wonder how Linda Douglas feels now after participating in the demise of Obamacare as a paid staffer. It must be terribly hard on her to fail twice.

JiangxiDad on August 17, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Boo Flagging Hoo

txdoc on August 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Amateur Hour at the White House again.

fbcmusicman on August 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

This should really be no surprise.

A good administrator will hire and surround himself/herself with smart, effective personnel. The results of such a group reflect upon and make said administrator look good.

A narcissistic person with little or no experience or talent, otoh, will tend to hire and surround himself/herself with personnel that will not outshine or outthink their boss. The idea is to not allow deficiencies to be illuminated, and at the same time have scrapegoats readily available.

Yoop on August 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM

JiangxiDad on August 17, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Liberals are so arrogant that they never accept that they’re wqrong. They thought that Government-run Healthcare was not presented properly last time. They thought that the charismatic presence of The One would insure their victory. They were wrong again. The American people evidently wanted to give Obama a chance when he was elected. They did not realize they were electing a Far Left Marxist that was going subjegate their personal freedoms to the will of the Federal Government.

kingsjester on August 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM

So what email address are the Left now using to report all us suspicious Americans if we’re Conservatives and are known to actually own Bibles, guns and haven’t voted for Obama?

Lourdes on August 17, 2009 at 1:26 PM

This is the mail system at host outbound1-1.us4.outblaze.com.

I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

The mail system

: host mailhub-wh2.whitehouse.gov[63.161.169.140] said:
550 5.2.1 … The email address you just sent a
message to is no longer in service.We are now accepting your
feedback about
health insurance reform via:http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck (in
reply to RCPT TO command)

pabarge on August 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM

So what email address are the Left now using to report all us suspicious Americans if we’re Conservatives and are known to actually own Bibles, guns and haven’t voted for Obama?

Lourdes on August 17, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Facebook, Myspace, Friendster, Twitter…you name it.

This is Iran.

bluelightbrigade on August 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Could this be a win? Or is it just an overwhelmed/poorly managed email server?

cannonball on August 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I’m sure that they’ve devised other email addresses by this hour that will receive all those reports about all those Americans the Left thinks are “fishy”.

You know, that term — people being “fishy” and/or their opinions being “fishy” — strikes me as a suspicious flag or term in and of itself, particularly what with the anti-Christian points of view held by most of the Left, and certainly the covert Muslim rumble at play in the Obama White House (perhaps I should refer to that as the “Black Liberation Theology” rumble).

You know, “fish” symbol for Christ and for Christians/Christianity.

Lourdes on August 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM

They need a more covert way for us to rat on our neighbors.

ClanDerson on August 17, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Maybe try ratonyourneighbors@whitehouse.gov

…see if that works.

Or maybe try reportyourneighbors@whitehouse.gov

Lourdes on August 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

At least Ohno has distinguished himself as the worst president of all time, fugeabout Carter! :)

DanaSmiles on August 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

All these supposed concessions could be being floated in order to try to make Obama out to be a sympathetic figure.

jay12 on August 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

At least Ohno has distinguished himself as the worst president of all time, fugeabout Carter! :)

DanaSmiles on August 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Downright mean. Now what will Carter be left with?

JiangxiDad on August 17, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Cannot be trusted. They will try and survive the town halls and get back to the bubble of DC, where they will enact just the opposite of what the people want. No Options or Takeover of health care. Only reforms to make things better where needed.

hillbilly on August 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Either that or the progressives turned in Kathleen S. after saying public option wasn’t necessary and flooded the site. *haha

AnninCA on August 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM

izoneguy on August 17, 2009 at 1:40 PM

pleaseletmepaymoretaxes@whitehouse.gov.

TXUS on August 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I can’t wait for Gibbs’ explanation of this…

uknowmorethanme on August 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Shucks. I reported myself three times last week.

SC.Charlie on August 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

This is typical of The Won – his first instinct is wrong and he quickly backtracks.

Judgement to lead?

RedNewEnglander on August 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM

This is a victory for those of us who tried to jam the system.

WoosterOh on August 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Or those, like myself, who reported fishy statements from a certain Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

Steve Z on August 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Will Kathleen Sibelius be welcomed back in KS, or has that ship sailed?

JiangxiDad on August 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

We should just email each other talking about the shut down of Snitch central and cc the president@whitehouse.gov with every email going back and forth. The more it gets replied to and forwarded the more they will have to read and keep on record. That way it’s a win win, they get the email addresses of those of us who don’t care, and they get an idea of how many of us laugh at their incompetence.

Guest1.1 on August 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Shucks. I reported myself three times last week.

SC.Charlie on August 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Don’t fret. The whitehouse is not allowed to throw away any e-mails. So all your self-reports are safely in the vault — filed under ENEMIES OF OBAMA. It’s only the new reports that aren’t going through.

Christian Conservative on August 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

This embarrassment is all the more delicious when one thinks back during the campaign, when the O-machine was insulting McCain for ‘not knowing how to email.’ There’s some karma for you!

Agam on August 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Pelosi & Hoyer need to re-write their op-ed in usatoday:

The clear abuse of the white house trampling free speech of the private emails/names is Un-American

TN Mom on August 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

The whitehouse is not allowed to throw away any e-mails. So all your self-reports are safely in the vault — filed under ENEMIES OF OBAMA.

Maybe the Vawt Right Wing Conspiracy is vaster than Obama thought.

Steve Z on August 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

I’ll bet it sounded pretty good when Rahm told Barry of this new “fishy” scam. They just misunderestimated by a factor of 10.

Sucks to be Rahm and Barry.

joe btfsplk on August 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I’ll bet it sounded pretty good when Rahm told Barry of this new “fishy” scam how to be Prez. They just misunderestimated by a factor of 10.
joe btfsplk on August 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Fixed it.

Christian Conservative on August 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Tonight’s Homework for Team Obama:

Read The Constitution. Quiz tomorrow accounts for 75% of your grade.

TN Mom on August 17, 2009 at 2:36 PM

This kind of idiotic overreach will do this administration in, and I’m really looking forward to America’s first Marxist President getting impeached.(Notice I didn’t say first black President. It was intentional as the left are throwing more race bombs than I can follow. The right needs to respond to this race card bomb throwing with,”It’s got nothing to do with color, it’s his Marxist mentors and obvious intent to socialize America that’s the problem.)The left laughs at the prospect of Big Brother Barack getting impeached. They need to be reminded a burglary coverup was all it took for Nixon, and he wasn’t exactly a Marxist….

adamsmith on August 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

I have two photoshops on my Flickr page to reflect recent developments. Feel free to comment (I’m not a professional ;-b)

whiteflag@whitehouse.gov

and:

The Public Option

BKeyser on August 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck

I checked it out, that site needs to be reported. Videos of people lieing about the healthcare bill.

Obama doesn’t realize we read and understand the bill—- Since he hasnt read it himself.

conservativegrandma on August 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I just emailed Dipsh*t Donnelly to tell him that all my future snitch emails will be going directly to him. He can then share them with his brokeback buddy, Obama.

SKYFOX on August 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

BKeyser on August 17, 2009

Pretty darned good for a non-professional. Loved the flip-flops although some may contend it’s an overused theme.

SKYFOX on August 17, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I have come to the conclusion that this administration came into office so filled with arrogance, basking in its glorious press, that it actually believed that it had a mandate to do whatever it damn well pleased. Now, however, it is dawning on them that 53% of the popular vote *may* not mean that they have a license to do whatever they want without opposition or accountability.

To put it into the proper perspective, even Ronald Reagan didn’t believe his administration had a mandate when the electoral map looked like this! (BTW, Minnesota only went to Mondale by a mere 3800 votes!)

Logic on August 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM

(New Dem Ad)

BHO with a rolled $100 bill, a mirror and some white powder.

“Sssssnnnnnnnniiiiiffffffffffff!”

“Whew, that was a good line. Kind of like my line about helping the economy, um and health care.

Kids, sometimes mommy or daddy need help with understanding my healthcare, um insurance, bill. If they are listening to Rush Limbaugh or other right wing radio talk show hosts, make sure you e-mail or text to Flag@Whitehouse.gov and myself or my Union representatives will be out to set your family straight. Perhaps we will need to remove them from the house for a bit, but we can’t have all this discussion interfering with my legislative agenda. Therefore we have a special site to help you mom or dad get “educated” about health care reform, um insurance.

We need young people like yourself to get organized, stay sharp and stay alert.”

Sssssnnnnniiiifffffffffff!

“Like me!”

(Closing music)

GunRunner on August 17, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Epic fail.

This is really getting embarrassing for our country.

Rockygold on August 17, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I received Axelrod’s e-mail titled “Something Worth Forwarding”, so I kept forwarding it to flag@whitehouse.gov. I had also already flagged myself several times. I thought that it was a lot of fun and I’m now laughing at the “kids” in the WH and how they have now taken their ball and gone home since we wouldn’t play by their ever-changing rules.

TruthToBeTold on August 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Umm that’s NOT an error message. That’s an auto reply.

Do you really think that:

message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via:http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck

Is showing up on every bounce for every messed up e-mail?

- The Cat

P.S. Not sure if this was also what Ris4Victory was stating.

MirCat on August 17, 2009 at 5:10 PM

P.P.S. I’m not gonna test it. sending something to bobblahbob@whitehouse.gov may still get you on a dem mailing list or worse.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 17, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Yikes! the USS Liberal has hit the rocks! ahoy to somebody on this blog a few weeks ago but it is apropo again.

DanMan on August 17, 2009 at 5:18 PM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck

conservativegrandma on August 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I reported the whole whitehouse.gov site last week for spreading disinformation. And smelling like fish that have been in the sun for a few weeks too long. I’m sure they’ll get right on it… no doubt the Snitch line is only down to let them catch up on the backlog.

My own question is… can I go back to just deleting the contents of my email spam folder, or should I save the spam in case I need to start forwarding them to the White House again?

malclave on August 17, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Yep. Manually initiating an SMTP session via telnet is fubar also.

I almost was beginning to enjoy having a communist overlord….

LimeyGeek on August 17, 2009 at 6:26 PM

BKeyser on August 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

They’re both great!

Bob's Kid on August 17, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I got the two unsolicited e-mails from Axelrod last week. On Facebook, Pam Geller told me to keep them as evidence, and I have. My question now is unsubscribe or leave it be to see what they are saying/spamming? What should I do?

margategop517 on August 18, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Crap! I was having gobs of fun forwarding “fishy” articles from WSJ and the AP.

Wingo on August 18, 2009 at 12:53 AM

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