Talk about an awkward day at work — former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s horse Tonto sat through an entire day’s worth of staff meetings because everyone at the office was afraid to tell him that Zinke resigned and he was no longer employed there.
Poor guy, somebody should have manned up and broke the news!
“Hey, Karen, can you go over the National Park Service budget with me again? Because these numbers just aren’t adding up,” the horse reportedly said to a room full of embarrassed former coworkers. “And Rick, sorry I haven’t gotten back to you about that USGS case. I’ve been up to my haunches in emails.”
You would think Zinke or maybe his executive assistant Jacquelyn would have told him, but nope. The unfortunate steed sat through hours of status updates and planning meetings without so much as a peep from anyone that he was no longer employed at the Department of the Interior.
Just last week, Tonto ground out a deal to increase the number of free days that Americans could visit national parks. He poured his soul into his job just to be humiliated in front of the entire DOI staff!
“I just felt so bad, you know. He’s such a great guy, and I knew it would break his heart after how hard he’s worked here,” said financial officer Karen Brown. “But he’s tough. I’m sure he’ll land on his hooves.”