Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama likely to surrender his BlackBerry

It seems President Elect Obama may be forced to go cold turkey on his BlackBerry addiction once sworn into office. The New York Times ran an article today all about the situation at hand...

For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.

It is likely that Obama will be forced to sign off before he arrives at the White House. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondance in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpeonas. A decision has not been made whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seems doubtful.

Before George W. Bush took office almost eight years ago he sent out this last e-mail,"Since I do not want my private conversations looked at by those out to embarrass, the only course of action is not to correspond in cyberspace,” Mr. Bush wrote from his old address. “This saddens me. I have enjoyed conversing with each of you.”

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