Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, known for her staunch avoidance of email, refuses to change her ways anytime soon. At a breakfast for reporters in Washington Tuesday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Napolitano had not much good to say about sending communications via the Internet.
On how she thinks about email:
"I think email just sucks up time ... in a job like mine [it's] inefficient."
On how she gets information without it:
"I have a variety of ways. Uh, uh, I'm constantly getting reports and emails throughout the day that come in through my headquarter staff that get to me. ... I do a lot of my own work by phone."
On the last time she used email:
"I stopped using email when I was the Attorney General of Arizona. Because I was just getting, I was starting to get hundreds and hundreds of things all the time and I was like: 'Why I am spending the time scrolling through this and responding to stuff that doesn't really need to be responded to?' "
On how email can come back to bite you:
"I also don't like the process where people could send you an email and then say: 'See, you were told, or you know this.' And then it comes back two years later to say: 'Hey you got this email among the thousands you got every day.' "
On social media:
"I don't text and I don't Twitter."
Napolitano also told reporters in attendance that they were "all laughing" at her comments about email "because you know it's the truth."