Washington (DC) – President-elect Obama has announced that he has a plan to keep his much loved Blackberry even after assuming office next week. In a CNN interview today, Obama said his smartphone was among the tools he would use to stay in touch with “real Americans.”
Obama said, “I think we’re going to be able to hang on to [our Blackberrys]. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN. So I make sure to think before I press ‘send’.”
The legal concern over Obama’s Blackberry is an act of Congress – the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which followed the Nixon post-Watergate scandal. These make public all records of communications by the president. Additional security concerns relate to someone using the Blackberry’s radio frequency emissions to triangulate or track the President’s position or movements.
Ironically, the Blackberry issue may have been put to rest today as Obama dropped it while getting out of his limousine to board a plane in Washington. A Secret Service agent helped Obama pick up the many pieces from the frozen tarmac.