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Well, that was quick. Yesterday, there was this Tweet of the Day: US Embassy London to Get Nap Rooms?. Barely 24 hours later, the State Department slapped down the nap room idea at Embassy London or any of our diplomatic missions. The State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said that the agency is not considering establishing nap rooms “at this time.” Below is an excerpt from the DPB:
QUESTION: This is a slightly whimsical question —
MS. HARF: Uh-oh.
QUESTION: — but I see a tweet suggesting that the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom has —
MS. HARF: You’re asking about nap rooms, aren’t you?
QUESTION: Yes. Is there anything to that?
MS. HARF: I was going to make a joke, but I’m not. Actually, I might still.
QUESTION: Do you have guidance on this?
MS. HARF: Yeah, I have guidance.
MS. HARF: And I wrote at the top: Our diplomats are tireless advocates for our foreign policy. It’s pretty good, right? Nap room, tireless, no? Okay, fine. No one liked my joke.
QUESTION: I liked it.
MS. HARF: Thank you, Elise. So yes, I do have guidance on this. In a private talk yesterday, U.S. employees at the Embassy in London – Arianna Huffington touted the productivity benefits of getting more sleep – something we can probably all attest to – and urged the ambassador to follow the Huffington Post example of installing nap rooms. The ambassador graciously and diplomatically said he would look into it. While we are not considering establishing nap rooms at Embassy London or any of our diplomatic missions at this time, we obviously think that work-life balance is important, and someday I will attempt to find it.
While they were at it, the Secretary arrived in Poland. Attending a meeting in Warsaw, the Secretary was spotted taking what appears to be a snooze. Was this a nano-nap, a micro-nap, a mini-nap or a power nap?
Secretary of State @JohnKerry taking a power nap in Warsaw (in his defense…long flight!) http://t.co/lWBap3rXRp
— Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) June 3, 2014
JK’s rapid response:
.@moneyries just a really long blink!
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) June 3, 2014
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- Tweet of the Day: US Embassy London to Get Nap Rooms? (diplopundit.net)
- Could napping be the key to U.S. diplomacy? (washingtonpost.com)
- National nap time could tackle secret snoozers (thetimes.co.uk)
- Need sleep? ‘Google Naps’ maps out world’s public napping spots (ctvnews.ca)
- Find a Perfect Nap Location With the Google Naps Parody (geekosystem.com)
- John Kerry Wasn’t Napping in That Meeting. It Was Just a ‘Long Blink’ (mashable.com)