Should Obama keep his BlackBerry?

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    Jan 08, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090108/ap_on_hi_te/obama_blackberry

    Obama and security team still 'in a scuffle' over BlackBerry
    WASHINGTON - For President-elect Barack Obama, parting with his Blackberry is such sweet sorrow.
    In fact, it isn't yet certain that he'll give up his hand-held device once he takes office.
    Obama acknowledged in a nationally broadcast interview Thursday that the Blackberry is a concern, "not just to the Secret Service, but also to lawyers."
    Asked in an interview broadcast on NBC's "Today" show whether the issue had been resolved, Obama replied, "I'm still in a scuffle around that." He asked: "How do you stay in touch with the flow of everyday life?"
    White House officials have worried that a president's e-mails can be subpoenaed by Congress and the courts and may be subject to public records laws. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton didn't e-mail while in office.
    The Blackberry is made by Canada's Research in Motion Ltd.


    My opinion is purely for national security he should give it up. It would be far easier to track the President which can be a liability in very high risk / security situations.

  • jeffper1

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    Jan 08, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    obama should keep everything about him....such a handsome man
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    Jan 08, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    Hand it in. Sorry as the leader of our country he wil have to give up many personal privledges he once enjoyed. this is for his own protection as well as teh countries. He wanted this job and accepted it. He had to have known longer before now he would lose certain privledges a normal citizen has.
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    Jan 08, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    No it a matter of National Security and Executive Privilege. End of story if the past to two presidents gave up their blackberries he should do the same.

    We have become way too dependent of electric devices it pretty sad!
    I friend of mine said he would loose his mind if he had to give up his blackberry and I responded by saying.."sweetie if you are that dependent on that device then your mind is already lost"! icon_lol.gif
  • kinetic

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    Jan 08, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    Wow, I never new that the past few presidents didn't email. I guess it makes sense. I mean, who ignores a call from the president?
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    Jan 08, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    Ducky44 said
    We have become way too dependent of electric devices it pretty sad!

    I know. Can you believe that "internet" thing is still around? It's sad how many people depend on it for communication, socialization, entertainment, information, education and other crap like it was worth something.
  • Fusion98102

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    Jan 08, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    I too never really gave much thought to how the president communicated. For reasons of security, mainly his own, I guess giving it up is the most logical thing to do, but at the same time, the reason that article gives (being able to use the emails in court) makes it sound like they don't want things to be proven when he does something wrong - like the emails are a liability. As part of the whole "Change" theme, perhaps this is something he should keep. I guess my opinion is torn... I am glad its not up to me. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 08, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Shouldn't he be using an iphone, an american product?
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    Jan 08, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    I can't imagine functioning without e-mail. Especially at work. It seems like all I do is send e-mails. Having to try to get stuff done without it just seems slow. Furthermore, he's the f-ing President, and has every service at his disposal. Don't you think that someone in the government could cook up properly encrypted firewalls and whatnot to keep the information secure? Or is the entirety of all government that inept?

    I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I guess it just seems inefficient to me to try and function without it.
  • EricLA

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    Jan 08, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    Meh, why should I care? I can understand his desire to be "in touch," but I would worry about the issues involving national security and the archiving of the presidential records. But, I can't imagine he can get that information in many other ways. He'll just have to adjust if that's what's best.
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:42 AM GMT

    For Heaven's Sake, can it be beyond the wit of man to make a Blackberry secure? Surely the NSA and the other hordes of spooks in the pay of the US government can take a break from spying on librarians and old ladies long enough to write some encryption code for the President's freekin' Blackberry. Give me a break.
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    Jan 09, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    He should be allowed to keep the thing. at the end of the day society is changing, and we are not in 1970. people email and it will make the country work better.
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    Jan 09, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    long as he stays a good boy and doesn't send bribes through email or surf porn on his BBerry I don't see a reason why he should care.
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    Jan 09, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidShouldn't he be using an iphone, an american product?


    yawn....
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    Jan 09, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidShouldn't he be using an iphone, an american product?

    I don't know about the iPhone, but my iPod, designed by Apple in California, was assembled in China....
  • puttputt

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    Jan 09, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    COJock1974 said
    dashdashdash saidShouldn't he be using an iphone, an american product?

    I don't know about the iPhone, but my iPod, designed by Apple in California, was assembled in China....


    Yeah I just bought a custom Macbook. Checked the shipping details and noticed that it came from Shanghai =
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:11 AM GMT
    no, he shouldn't. he should give it to me, since i've had to trade mine in umpteen times. piece of shit.
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    Jan 09, 2009 9:01 AM GMT
    Actually I think it is high time that the office of the President joined the 20th century. If the Secret Service cannot keep one man and one Blackberry secure then they are hopeless. If the NSA can contemplate projects like TIA then they can archive the President's personal communications. It isn't rocket science.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 09, 2009 9:30 AM GMT
    BlackBerry's can be easily hacked into. It's for the best. I just hope he can keep the country safe!!! Everone is so worried about the economy-if we can't be safe within our own borders-we have nothing!!!
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    Jan 09, 2009 9:34 AM GMT
    he's the president of the united states of america, leader of the free world. he can do whatever the hell he wants to
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    Jan 09, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    Actually I think the President is smart enough not to keep sensitive material on his Blackberry - private or national. What I am concerned about is some lunatic figuring out a way to locate him using the blackberry as some sort of homing device.

    I know that sounds imaginative and very "James Bond" but a few years ago such devices were science fiction. All I am concerned about is his well being.

    What do you think guys?
  • gsh1964

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    Jan 16, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    I think he should be allowed to keep it, but only for personal reasons. Just to be able to keep in touch with his girls and wife.
    Even though he will be the leader of the free world, he's gotta be able to have some personal moments.
    I would rather him give up smoking more than his BB.
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    Jan 16, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    I think...

    if the president wants his own fucking blackberry he should have it


    and i'm going to reserve my criticism for things that actually matter, I'm positive that the technology can be adapted to negate any security concerns.


    and if the problem is monitoring his every form of communication....Why was a person americans don't trust enough to have a personal email account elected to the higgest office...