Friday, November 28, 2008

Barack Obama Still Fighting to Keep His Blackberry

It's become a cause for some: to let Barack Obama keep his BlackBerry when he takes office.

What stands in the way? The primary concern has been the Presidential Records Act, which requires all presidential documents to be put in the official record.

Now, realistically, no matter what people say, it's not so much about national security as it is as making sure that if a "Watergate" happens, We The People have plenty of evidence to back it up. And as that's the issue, what's the problem?

We can track his cell phone calls. We can track his emails. So let him keep the BlackBerry (shoot, let him get a BlackBerry Bold or Storm if he wants).

Last night Barbara Walters had an exclusive interview with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on ABC. Besides suggesting a dog for the Obamas (who doesn't nowadays?), she ask him about his beloved BlackBerry.
"One of the things that I'm going to have to work through is how to break through the isolation, the bubble that exists around the president. And I'm in the process of negotiating with the Secret Service, with lawyers, with White House staff ... to figure out how can I get information from outside of the 10 or 12 people who surround my office in the White House? Because one of the worst things I think that can happen to a president is losing touch with the struggles that people are going through every day."
After all, he has to be able to keep in touch with Oprah. Seriously, though, Obama used technology to his advantage during the election. He's going to be the first president with a laptop (though we don't know if it's going to be Windows or Mac --- I predict Windows because it's probably easier to fit into the rest of the White House IT infrastructure), so why not the first President with a BlackBerry?

Otherwise, our President may be experiencing the withdrawal shown in this video:

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