January 8th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama not giving up BlackBerry without a fight

Obama is finding it difficult to give up his BlackBerry.
Obama is finding it difficult to give up his BlackBerry.

(CNN) - Barack Obama faces a host of challenges when he assumes the Oval Office later this month, but the hardest personally for the president-elect might just be relinquishing his cherished BlackBerry.

Those who follow Obama on a regular basis know the president-elect is constantly on the addictive e-mail device. But the Secret Service, as well as Obama lawyers, are concerned it could easily be hacked and are demanding the new president hand over the BlackBerry before he moves into the White House.

But in an interview with CNBC Wednesday, Obama made clear he's not giving it up without a fight.

"They're going to pry it out of my hands," the president-elect said.

"You know, this town's full of lawyers. I don't know if you've noticed...and they have a lot opinions. And so I'm still in a scuffle around that, but it–look, it's the hardest thing about being president. How do you stay in touch with the flow of everyday life," he added.

The Secret Service also made President Bush give up e-mail when he assumed the presidency, and former President Clinton, during whose term e-mail became widely-used, sent a grand total of two e-mails while president - one as a test to see if it worked and the second to former Sen. and astronaut John Glenn before he went back into space in 1998.

But in the interview Wednesday, Obama suggested keeping his BlackBerry is one way he could stay connected to the real world.

"I've got to look for every opportunity to do that – ways that aren't scripted, ways that aren't controlled, ways where, you know, people aren't just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded," he said.


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soundoff (502 Responses)
  1. swanspirit

    HE ASKS the PEOPLE TO TIGHTEN their BELTS AND MAKE SACRIFICES but whiny wont give up his precious blackberry

    January 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Dave in Houston

    As long as he knows how secure/insecure the device is (and I am sure that he is smart enough to figure that out), he should be fine.

    I'm sure as soon as Bush got the "football", he probably would have texted: "Dude, I got it! And the nuclear codes are AHSSDJFEUHF and JHFD4389JHSDF!"

    Obama is more clever than that.

    January 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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