Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Congress Web sites crash after Obama’s speech (#DearCongress)

A designer created this Twitter Fail Whale-esque graphic to express his frustrations with partisan gridlock in Washington. ( David A. Colarusso )
Last night, President Obama addressed the nation and pleaded for a debt-ceiling compromise. Obama implored the American people to “let your Member of Congress know” if you wanted a “balanced approach to the budget.”

(What would you say to your congressman or congresswoman? See what people are writing using #DearCongress here.)

It looks as if the American people took that plea to heart. Since Obama’s speech, the Web site confirmed at least nine Web sites for House and Senate leaders went down.

It’s not just the websites that are clogged. Just after 11 a.m., Politico’s Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen tweeted: “House admin email: Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity.”

For those of you still taking up Obama’s suggestion, you can visit to get the e-mails, phone numbers, and addresses of your Congressmen.

If you’re feeling a bit more feisty, you can join journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, who has taken to Twitter to express his frustration with Washington politics using the hashtag #f***youwashington.

What would you write your congressman or congresswoman if you had the chance? Tell us about it in 140 characters or less using #dearcongress.

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