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President gets to keep his BlackBerry

January 23, 2009

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— After facing down his top security advisers, President Barack Obama won the right Thursday to be the BlackBerry user-in-chief.

Under an arrangement with security aides, Obama will get a new BlackBerry loaded with software approved by U.S. intelligence officials that lets him communicate with friends, family and close associates without fear of hackers reading his private e-mail.

Obama’s decision to keep the device underscores his devotion to technology in the face of such issues as public access to presidential correspondence.

Former President George W. Bush gave up personal e-mail upon entering office, fearing he would create a public record with every touch of the “send” button. Bill Clinton has been reported to avoid e-mail even today.

“With all due respect to Presidents Clinton and Bush, they didn’t really grow up with these mobile devices,” said Roger Entner, a telecommunications analyst with the Nielsen Company. “President Obama is like so many others of his generation: This is the device that helps determine how he perceives the rest of the world.”

In that sense, e-mail could preserve for Obama some of what his job automatically precludes: direct contact with the work-a-day world. He has been adamant about keeping that link, telling news outlets this month, “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry. They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

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madmike 5 years, 2 months ago

Even if NSA can provide the President with an encrypted version, you can bet your last dollar that the "GRU" (Russian Military Intelligence) is working on breaking Obama's blackberry as we speak!

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TopJayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

Forget what he says on it. If someone hacks into the system, they will be able to tell within feet where he is at all times. This is a huge security risk not only for him but his security detail.....Dumb dumb dumb, and quite egotistical on his part.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 2 months ago

Bush preferred blueberries on his cereal.

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