The “Pokemon Go” phenomenon seems to be inescapable, even during official press briefings.
A reporter got caught playing the popular game while John Kirby — a retired admiral and formal pentagon spokesman — was in the middle of reading a statement during a briefing about ISIS at a State Department press conference.
He halted his update about the efforts of the anti-ISIS coalition to ask one of the journalists, “You’re playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren’t you?” and pointed directly to whom he was addressing.
The unnamed reporter replied, “I’m just keeping an eye on it.” Kirby went on to finish reading the statement, but his curiosity got the best of him as he stopped again and asked, “Did you get one?”
When the reporter said no, and attributed it to the poor signal in the room, Kirby —in the most apathetic way possible — said, “I’m sorry about that.”
This hilarious incident reveals a disappointing reality that the game is more powerful than imagined. It’s not something people are just playing in their free time; it’s actually taking precedence over important affairs.
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