Web Servers Can't Handle Obama Request

Americans acted on President Obama's call to contact members of Congress, but technology didn't

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:34 PM CDT
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President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, on the approaching debt limit deadline.

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President Obama asked, and Americans answered. But web servers couldn't handle the demand.

Obama asked Americans during his debt address Monday night to contact members of Congress and ask that a deal be made.

One NBCChicago reader tried doing just that and was stopped by an overloaded server.

Lawrence Fiarman tried emailing Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), but the site server was too busy and repeatedly timed out. That was the case for all congressman this morning as the every congressional email is housed on the same congressional server.

Fiarman said he tried calling, but that Kinzinger's voicemail at his D.C. office also was full. Kinzinger's spokeswoman Brooke Hougesen told us that the voicemail was only 80% full this morning.

Because of the server issue, numerous Illinois representatives experienced sluggish emails following Obama's address. The sites for Rep. Aaron Schock and Rep. Donald Manzullo on Tuesday even displayed a "server is too busy" message.

Sites flooded with correspondence were slow across the country. The website of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also gave a busy server message, and the site of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) took several minutes to load. 

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