February 2nd, 2009
05:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Who has Obama's e-mail address?

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(CNN) - He's the first commander-in-chief to carry a BlackBerry-like device — but that doesn’t mean he’s reachable. President Obama is staying mum on the identity of the privileged few who’ve been given his new e-mail address.

In an interview with NBC Sunday, the president said only a "handful" of people are able to contact him through the super-secure device.

Earlier: Obama's 'spy-proof smartphone'

"Look, there are security issues involved," Obama said. "And so we’ve gotta make sure that I’m not - creating a situation where - you know, potential people can compromise our [security].

Obama also suggested the list does not include any world leaders.

"Typically, world leaders are going to be contacting me through the Oval Office. They know how to reach me there," he said.

The exclusive list of those who have the president's e-mail address reportedly includes a small group of senior aides and cabinet officials. According to a report in the New York Times, security precautions make it impossible to forward an e-mail from the president, or to send the president attachments.

Watch: The secret side of Obama's BlackBerry

It's also likely Obama's e-mail address will change frequently to ensure it remains secure.

Speaking Saturday in front of the Alfalfa Club Dinner - an annual event attended by the country's political elite - Obama joked about the ultra-limited access to president’s inbox.

"It's a very exclusive list. How exclusive? Everyone look at the person sitting on your left. Now look at the person sitting on your right. None of you have my e-mail address."


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soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. TCM

    You mean besides Bill Ayers, Rezko and ACORN? Dunno...

    February 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Matt

    GOPer blabbering about Wright, Ayers, Bin Laden, etc., in 3...2...1....

    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. naqib

    Who has Obama's e-mail address?

    Bill Ayers
    Rev. Wright
    Tony Rezko
    Blago
    Daly
    Richardson
    Daschle
    Louis Farakan
    Rep. Jackson

    February 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Dawn

    Not me!

    February 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. therealmarie

    Hopefully no one in the media.

    February 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Karl

    —-who cares__!!__?? let him do his thing,maybe he get the E-Mail from Osama Bin Laden and ask him to come over for jail ,—-who cares?????????????

    February 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Charlie

    I'm getting tired of hearing about Barack Obama's technology woes. There has been so much news about his blackberry and his email, I feel like there is more important things going on in the world. This article is is more suited for a celebrity gossip column than a political ticker.

    February 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Frost

    he can email me anytime.. or call for that matter. 17th street has the best calamari.. Lauriol Plaza is the bomb.. and for Kids.. no other place than Daisy Baby. Mr Smiths in Georgetown

    February 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Naragi

    who wants it?

    February 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Laura, Boston

    Who cares!

    February 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Joe

    I have his email. 😀

    February 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Everett Hanover

    I see way too much of him of TV; why would anybody want to talk to him!

    February 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Debater

    The fact that Obama has his blackberry still and uses e-mail is huge. No president before him has ever used e-mail. It shows that he is turning the whole thing around. He gonna make big changes throughout his presidency. The email is just one small thing.

    February 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. obama-mama

    I wish I had his e-mail.

    February 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. A Rare MA Republican

    Matt February 2nd, 2009 10:42 am ET

    GOPer blabbering about Wright, Ayers, Bin Laden, etc., in 3…2…1..
    ____________________________________________________

    Gee. you're the amazing Kreskin, aren't you?

    How about sending me the winning Powerball numbers, knucklehead?

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Heather

    This is only because it is Obama. If Bush had a private email address, given to a select few, Congress would try to force him to produce the list and then hold a senate sub committee.

    The only reason liberals are saying who cares, is because this is Obama and not Bush!

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Tony L.

    To those still crying about the President's so called ties to individuals such as Ayers, Rezko, etc... I mean the people McCain/Palin used as a platform for their campaign – and LOST! This is still a non-issue. Try and find another reason to hate Obama. At least a legitimate reason will make you look more intelligent than you really are.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. dj

    at least he knows how to use email and a blackberry. mccain doesn't know they exist

    February 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Here's the thing- white house emails are public records subject to subpoena. Will these emails be exempt?

    February 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Steve

    I'd joke around by saying I had it, but then I'm sure the feds would be following me.

    February 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. arc, Lugano CH

    naqib February 2nd, 2009 10:45 am ET
    Who has Obama's e-mail address? Bill Ayers Rev. Wright Tony Rezko
    Blago Daly Richardson Daschle Louis Farakan Rep. Jackson
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is quite a feeble attempt of an attack on the President, even for a 'Country First' Walmart Patriot. Oh Dear, you even misspelled Farrakhan.

    February 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. reality check

    All y'all spouting off the names Rezko, Ayers, etc. Think about what you are saying. They don't need the President's email address.

    They have lobbyists.

    February 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Out of touch

    I thought the main reason Obama wanted to keep his BB was because he wanted to stay in touch with the real world. Doesn't sound like he'll be doing much of that!

    February 2, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. ari from virginia

    Whatever He needs to do a good job for our country he should have.

    The OBAMABERRY sounds like a wonderful device, I have no need for it and neither does 350 million other americans. If thats what keeps him calm, cool and collected and run this country instead of run it into the ground like the BUSHBerry (non-existant) then:

    So be it.

    You go Mr. President.

    February 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Dont blame me

    By law, Obama CANNOT DELETE any of these emails, so I wonder what the Secret Service is doing to make sure that Obama doesn't do this???? Everything he does while president is the property of the people, for historical purposes if nothing else.

    February 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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