Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama can't quit the Crackberry

The damned things are addictive:
Despite legal and security hurdles, president-elect Barack Obama says he has a plan to retain his beloved Blackberry once he moves into the White House next week.
Interviewed by CNN Friday, Obama said the smartphone was among the tools that he would use to stay in touch with real Americans and avoid becoming trapped inside the presidential "bubble."
"I think we're going to be able to hang on to one of these. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN," he said.
"So I make sure to think before I press 'send'," he said of his Blackberry, which was an ever-present fixture on his belt or in his hand on the campaign trail.
Obama did not divulge just how he will overcome legal constraints, given the requirement of the post-Watergate Presidential Records Act of 1978 to keep a record of every White House communication.
You can't go anywhere in DC without seeing people hooked on the Crackberry/iPhone habit. People sit through panel discussions with their heads down, texting away. You see them in bars and restaurants checking their messages. So the image of the POTUS sitting around the Oval Office reading Twitter tweets isn't exactly reassuring.

UPDATE: Linked at Pirates Cove and, really, what's the deal with redheaded pinups?

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