Humor: Siri Intervenes in White House Press Question [Video]

Sep 10, 2015 - 11 Comments

Siri answers question at White House press conference

As many iPhone owners know, sometimes Siri just starts talking out of no where, intervening into conversations seemingly at random. Well, guess what, Siri is now interjecting itself into official White House press conferences too!


Watch the video to get the whole thing, but the gist is that during a White House press briefing, a reporter asks the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest a question about the Iran nuclear deal and whether President Obama would be bothered about the Republican response, which is then answered by someones iPhone with Siri saying “Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.” – Quite funny, and as is so often the case with Siri talking out of the blue, the answer is strangely relevant to the conversation.

This is a pretty funny video that nearly all iPhone owners who have experienced the weirdness of Siri should be able to relate to.

Ignore any of the political aspects of this and just enjoy the Siri humor, it’s embedded below courtesy of Fox News and less than a minute long:

Here’s the CSPAN version of the same event:

(I know, political humor, basically The Onion)

So why does this happen? In this case it sounds like a reporter or someone in the room accidentally (or maybe intentionally) pressed on the Home button to summon Siri as usual, as you can hear from the little Siri is listening chime… to which Siri then answers the very question the reporter asks. But in other occurrences, what triggers Siri talking out of the blue is the Hey Siri voice activation feature which allows you to summon the virtual assistant just by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” followed by a question. Perhaps not the case in this example, but it’s a good laugh anyway.

Who needs PR when you have Siri, right?.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone

11 Comments

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  1. Steve says:

    It’s funny because Siri’s answer is basically what the press secretary would say about the deal anyway!

  2. Bob says:

    Try turning on Siri during the TV news when there’s a piece about Syria… she gets very chatty!

  3. au says:

    Funny. But not too surprising in some ways, much of the White House uses Macs and iPhones too, as does the press corps

    http://osxdaily.com/2010/07/29/president-obama-white-house-staff-use-macs/

  4. Mark says:

    Hey, let’s not insult the Onion. While they lack the cleavage offered by Fox News, They are more accurate and a lot funnier.

    • Lana says:

      Pretty sure the joke was that this video is funny for Fox News, which is usually not a comedy outlet, as if like Fox News is competing with The Onion on this one for humor value, not that Fox News is funny in general…

      Anyway, it is a funny video!

      • John says:

        That’s how I read the joke too, a joke about the lack of humor in the media.

        I enjoyed the clip, thank you. I wish we all had more sense of a humor, especially with politics, which everyone takes too seriously nowadays.

  5. Ray Junior says:

    You want us to ignore the political part, but then demean fox news by calling it the onion?

    a-hole

    • Damien Kurzweil says:

      Someone missed the joke.

      Also, nobody serious takes Fox News seriously. If you actually get ‘news’ from Fox News you might as well watch Pravda in Russia too. Pure propaganda outlet for a radical political ideology and political group.

  6. Phred says:

    It is funny that the problem has gone “full circle”. The original Samsung Glaxy Note did not offer any means of turning off its crazy digital assistant. You could ineffectively attempt to turn it off in the settings. The damn thing happily ignored the settings. The original 2.2 release of Samsungs flavor of Android offered no means to disable it. See here: http://blog.vlingo.com/voice-talk-must-have/

    I bought mine in Germany. At the time Samsung offered no out of region customer service. I tossed the damn thing in a drawer, and bought my first iPhone because of that crazy voice assistant.

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