During the 2001 Presidential Clinton-Bush transition, 62 new White House staff discovered the W key missing from their keyboards
Twenty-nine EOP staff said they observed about two dozen prank signs,
printed materials, stickers, or written messages that were affixed to
walls or desks; placed in copiers, desks, and cabinets; or placed on the
floor. They said some of these were derogatory and offensive in nature
about the president, and sometimes there were multiple copies in
certain locations. Six EOP staff also said that they had observed writing
on the walls (words) in a total of two rooms. Thirteen former Clinton
administration staff said that they saw a total of 10 to 27 prank signs in
the EEOB during the transition, but one former employee also said that
the prank signs that she saw were harmless jokes.
• In June and November 2001, EOP staff provided copies of 2 prank
signs that they said were found during the transition, which were
derogatory jokes about the president and vice president. In August
and September 2001, we were also shown a roll of political stickers
that were left behind and 2 stickers affixed to a file cabinet and desk
containing derogatory statements about the president.
• Twenty-six EOP staff said that they observed a total of 30 to 64
computer keyboards with missing or damaged “W” keys. Two former
Clinton administration staff said that they saw a total of 3 or 4
keyboards with missing “W” keys.
• Purchase records indicated that the EOP bought 62 computer
keyboards on January 23 and 24, 2001. The January 23 purchase
request for 31 keyboards indicated that the keyboards were “needed