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. dan in Tucson

    Why is this getting any attention? Every President needs to be accessible in case of crisis. I'm sure the individuals with any connection to top level national security is on the list. And as for all the sour grapes republicans out there, get a life. I doubt Wright or Ayers is on that list.

    February 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. MsRotten

    STOP with the phone already.....NO ONE CARES!!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. OBAMA GIRL

    Wow, you guys seem bitter 🙂

    February 2, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Obama Fan

    Still so many *bitter* people here. So what if we make time for a light hearted moment every once in a while. The guy is human after all. Thought he made some funny comments about it with Lauer in his interview yesterday and today.

    And I'd love to have his email address. Ain't gonnna happen, but still...

    February 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. the idiot

    I am no fan of Hussein Obama, but it is absolutely foolish not to equip the leader of the the world's largest financial entity with all of the most up to date and sophisticated communications. I am with Obama on this one.

    February 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. RMGofCO

    Good call Matt (2nd post) ...just like clockwork the haters came out. I like a story like this every once in while. Breaks the monotony of hearing about the GOP strangleholdling and the endless rhetoric about what President Obama isn't doing...

    I will be glad when you that post such negative remarks will start providing solutions instead of whining. He is our President...buck up and do what you can to make this a better United States of America(ns).

    February 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. southern belle

    Odds are it isn't Sarah Palin from her Yahoo e-mail address! 🙂

    February 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Matt

    @ TCM and naqib

    Predictability is the hallmark of idiocy.

    February 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Gerda Edwards

    This is crazy. Exactly why does he need a BB? Originally it was to "stay in touch" with the real world. Apparently not.

    Any hacker or state-sponsored group isn't going to try to get his email address directly. The easier way is to get it by cracking less secure accounts, like Rahm Emanuel, Robert Gates, etc. With enough know-how, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out a few names on that exclusive list, to get into their account, and to spoof an email when/as needed.

    February 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. susie

    I wonder how much that device cost the taxpayers?

    February 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Ray

    naqib, Matt, and TCM are all a_holes! Jealousy & envy get you nowhere!

    February 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Melissa from New Orleans

    I don't particularly care. Its just cool he's able to stay connected.

    February 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. John, Brooklyn, NY

    CNN....this is really a non-story and only reflects a 20th century point of view. Its about as interesting as maintaining ongoing coverage of what kind of telephone he uses or the fact that he has a fax machine.

    February 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. jesuino leduino rosa

    This is the new era, and bay the way i dont have his number , nao askeme for it .

    February 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Beldar

    Ooooh, you can't find the presidents email address? Well duh!
    Does anyone have something to tell him that is so important that they can just go to Whitehouse.gov??

    I think his personal email address should be very private.

    February 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. An American

    I bet Rush and Obama send annoying chain letters back and forth

    February 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. benvictor

    Don't think he is a rogue operating on his own. Surely, these communications are being monitored for security reasons. For how else will intelligence know whether they are being compromised.

    February 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I don't have his email----but I do know his tailor......

    February 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. J S Ragman

    Our former clown President (Bush) should probably have it, but he doesn't know how to operate a Blackberry.

    February 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. SC

    Don't get me wrong. I'm a democrat and I was a big fan of him but I think Obama starts to smell now. He said long before he swore in as president, he said he would like to keep his mobile device so that he could directly hear from the public rather than through his staffers. That device costs somewhere between 3 to 4 grand to make and it will cost more to use throughout his term in office. This is not merely a HIGH-TECH device. It is, in fact, a HIGHER-TECH device because the service on the device has to be technically feasible to meet all the requirements to ensure his safety. The device itself is worthless without the service. This device is a 'WANT' after all rather than a "NEED." He should say so frankly in the first place. Why does he think he is more important than 2 Bushes & 1 Clinton? The reason for having the device is as valid as having a basketball court in the White House. It is simply because he wants it. I think he should PAY FOR IT OUT OF HIS POCKET. He makes $ 4,00000 a year.

    February 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Mary

    what else he wants, he is been having a party everynight in the white house since he got there, while people is outside wating for a Job. Keep waiting People,
    you will get tired.

    February 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Bill,ca

    Republican idiots as usual

    February 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Outspoken

    Ayers, Rezko, Wright, Farrakan............

    February 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. april

    Every tax evader and ethically challenged political figure in the scandel ridden Democratic Party.

    February 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Anna

    I am sure the media or CNN can find something better to talk about.

    February 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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