Obama Must Surrender His Blackberry

For many who live in a business suit, the BlackBerry is an essential part of their arsenal. This also applies to President-elect Barack Obama, who has often been seen tapping away on the RIM device.

Obama’s BlackBerry days will soon be over, according to officials, as he’ll have to give up the smartphone for something a little less data-capable. Besides the obvious security concerns should he lose his phone or otherwise have his data compromised, the Presidential Records Act of 1978 requires all Presidential correspondence be in the public record.

The New York Times described the BlackBerry as one of Obama’s most beloved tools on the campaign trail.

“His BlackBerry was constantly crackling with e-mails,” said David Axelrod, the campaign’s chief strategist. “People were generous with their advice — much of it conflicting.”

Rather than having memos and briefs printed out and manually delivered, Obama received many documents on the handheld device. Those too lengthy to be easily read on the phone’s screen were viewed on his laptop, where he could make changes and comments directly to the document.

Obama also supposedly used his BlackBerry to check up on the things outside of his work, such as the progress of the Chicago White Sox.

While schedules and habits for him is expected to be much different once he takes the Oval Office, it’s unlikely for Obama to abandon technology like his predecessors. Already with his desire to appoint a White House CTO and his use of YouTube for fireside chats, Obama could be the first U.S. president in history to have a laptop on his Oval Office desk.

Obama’s a MacBook user – could there be any stronger form of endorsement for Apple than that?

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  • strangestranger
    FSS, they elected an apple user, we're doomed.
  • Anonymous
    I completely agree that he should be able to keep his BlackBerry. Being in the presidential bubble is one of the pitfalls of the office. There's a way for him to view-only or respond only in routine fashion that can keep Obama out of legal or security risks by using a BlackBerry. If you're wondering how President-elect Obama will deal with the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from his CrackBerry addiction, my tongue-in-cheek letter to President-elect Obama has some answers on how he can cope: http://www.justmypointofview.wordpress.com. Welcome your feedback and comments.