The White House immediately denied these allegations, blaming this behavior on a rare but highly contagious virus that "doubtlessly has links to the previous administration and is characterized by an irrational urge to take vacation, attend theatrical and musical events put on by has-beens, and lately has been punctuated with a tendency to talk loudly and carry a small stick."
When questioned on the specifics of this avoidance behavior, Dodge deferred to White House physician and Minister of Disinformation, Hippocrates Inverticus, who cited numerous cases of senior officials departing for vacation after having learned of the oil spill, choosing to attend musical and theatrical concerts (behavior deemed bizarre by even the most partisan of political hacks) and one staffer who ran madly onto the White House lawn to chase butterflies after being asked to "do something about those damn oil-slicked birds."
Inverticus described the situation as "very grave... one that requires immediate medical attention."He went on to beseech the public to "Understand that many of these bureaucrats have pre-existing conditions of laboraphobia and blamophilic tendencies that paralyze them in times of duress... this stress can lead to oxygen deprivation which causes the brain to short circuit which then leads to an overstimulation of the synapses that may propel them to seek comfort. Also, one must keep in mind that a majority of these people have never run so much as a lemonade stand in their entire life so... one can imagine how difficult it must be for them to take on the greatest ecologic disaster in American history."
He went on to describe the affliction in more layman's terms as a kind of "Snickers Moment" but on a much larger scale. This lead to uproarious laughter from the gallery which was immediately quelled by way of tazer from a trigger happy secret service understudy who mistook the laughter as hate speech.
Dodge Barker unceremoniously bumped the good doctor off the podium and took over the microphone. "This is why the President is asking Congress to pass Emergency Legislation called the Partner Assisted Breathing Act which will ensure that all bureaucrats incapable of taking accountability or taking action will have emergency personnel following them at all times to provide oxygen... mouth to mouth if necessary, at a moments notice. This is the only treatment that has been validated... we really have no other choice."
Barker went on to describe that a new Department of Oxygen Transfer Engineers will be created in order to meet this demand and for the secondary purpose of establishing the proper infrastructure should the virus continue to spread. Barker also cited that this new department would "create" thousands of new jobs, especially for Census workers who might be on Starbuck's sabbatical. "This administration will do everything in it's power to address this crisis, we will leave no rock unturned," concluded Barker.
Intrepid, soon to be retiring journalist Judy Hadur, was given the first and only question of the news conference. "If the Israeli's would just give up Palestine wouldn't we be out of this mess?"
Dr. Inverticus reclaimed the podium from a slack-jawed Barker and proclaimed a medical emergency, citing that the virus had spread to the press corps and that Ms. Hadur would be the first benefactor of the Partner Assisted Breathing Legislation.