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. Njoroge

    Thank You Mr President – you created a job opportunity, for someone to monitor the security of your blackberry

    February 2, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Gary

    McCain has a device too, when you move the stick the yellow monster eats up all the little white dots. He's almost at level 2.

    February 2, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Why is it that the media desires to talk about each and everything President Obama does: he went to the bathroom twice, etc.

    For the Haters – GET OVER IT. PRESIDENT OBAMA WON! Okay! If I was him, I would not try ANYMORE to give another olive branch to the republicans. I would treat them like they have treated all the liberals, demos and the American People. Let him do his job! If he makes one or two or three mistakes – get over it! He is human but give him a chance.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA – If somehow you read this – CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE THOSE WHO GOT THE FIRST $350 BILLION TO GIVE A REPORT – A FULL REPORT AND WHAT THEY DID WITH THE MONEY! We have a right to know – Don't just let them push this under the rug! It's interesting that the Republicans want to know where every dime will go – but they were not that interested in the first batch of money going to those crooks. YOU GAVE BUSH EIGHT YEARS AND HIS DADDY TOO – NOW GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA AT LEAST SIX MONTHS WITHOUT COMPLAINING.!

    February 2, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Obama's Sister

    All these articles do is bring out the haters. You people are hyperventilating over each and everything that is printed regarding the President and his family. When you react this venomously towards someone and their family that simply means you are full of self hatred; otherwise, you would not hate others so much;especially people you do not know.

    Get a grip on your life so you can learn how to be happy.

    February 2, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Loki

    All presidential correspondence should be retained for the Freedom of Information Act. With Obama's stubborn insistance on retaining and using his Blackberry while in office, one wonders if the real reason for that insistance is that any communication done via his Blackberry will not be preserved or scrutinized. That's really why he has it, and why some will contact him using the "secret email address' – the one that cannot leave a trail. Its interesting how he almost flaunts it too...

    February 2, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Make it easier on yourself...set up a web site through your former campaign people so you stay connected to the voice of the 'real' people....then check in with those folks every day or so to see the tempature on the issues. It's a win win....public gets to voice concerns, ideas, etc and you stay connected via an intermideary that handles the web.

    February 2, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. chad

    jim, move to another country if you're not happy.

    February 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    PS Jim.....I totally disagree with you about him disregarding Israel...that would be vain of him, he would expose himself and our country to God's wrath....He won't do that....

    February 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Jacob

    It's good thing he blocks emails somehow otherwise he would have millions of emails a day from everyone. I bet he still gets like thousands of emails daily anyway.

    February 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher

    So anything more was expected??? How many people should have access??? Probably too many already!!!

    February 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Dave

    no one has it, he does not want to be bothered, he is busy at his Messiah work, healing the sick, walking on water, feeding the poor, crafting a way to buy votes (I mean bailout those who dont pay their mortgages, what a novel idea, pay bills?).

    February 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. CLINTON

    Mary February 2nd, 2009 12:38 pm ET

    Oprah and Aretha Franklin have it.

    YEAH MARY, HE NEEDS TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THE QUEENS OF TALK-SHOW & SOUL SINCE HE IS KING NOW... BUT YOU FORGOT TO MENTION MOST IMPORTANT ANOTHER QUEEN: CLINTON (THE QUEEN OF POLITICS), YOU KNOW, JUST IN CASE HE DIDN'T GET SOMTHING CLEAR ABOUT WORK...

    OBAMA AND OPRAH HAVE A MORE "SOPHISTICATED" WAY OF COMMUNICATING THAT'S NOT ONLY THROUGH THAT "BLACKBERRY", THINK OF IT PERHAPS LIKE BATMAN'S BATCAVE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM... I MEAN IT'S OPRAH WINFREY! NOT ONLY THE QUEEN OF TALK SHOWS, SHE IS ALSO OPRAH "THE BILLIONAIRE"

    February 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. person

    I love rev wright, bill Ayers., & ACORN....... can the people who decided to fake their screen names by using false muslim names, quit it. we know you are white christian people pretending to have muslim names.

    February 2, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Maggie, TN

    Great restaurant:

    Washington, D.C / Seafood

    Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
    Georgetown, DC

    The best, and I mean the best crabcakes –their signature entree.
    Also, my sister said she had the best scallops in her whole life–and she's lived a long time.

    Kudos to Obama, we had a great time in Washington.

    February 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    Poor people aren't marching in the streets demanding change, so the economy must not be too bad. If poor people need help, they need to organize and ask for it. Otherwise, let them eat cake.

    February 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    He loves his BrickBreaker

    February 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. ALAN FROM PA.

    OBAMA IS JUST LIKE AN INEXPERIENCED CHILD!

    February 2, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Matt

    All the people that hope the country fails so the Democrats look bad should get cancer and die without medical insurance. The Democrats are cleaning up the mess that GW created. Lets hope that we can fix what he did to our country and our reputation around the world. Jim I hope you like living in a world that thinks you are a retard. Republicans are scared to say publicly that Obama is trying to help ACORN because they know its all hogwash. They let pill head opiate addicts like Rush say it so they are not held accountable for lies when truth is found out.

    February 2, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. cool onlooker

    Watch out your steps, mr. Prez. Sense of security should overpower your desire to connect with the outside by hand-messaging...

    Please!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Claire, NY

    Michael Steele is an idiot. He will never turn blue states to red states. Yeah, go ahead, make my day. Try real, real hard to get New York to turn red. I dare you. It will NEVER happen.

    Bush has spilled more red blood than any other president in modern times. We don't want to see any more red for a very long time. So dream on Michael-Wanna-Be-Obama-Steele. It will never happen.

    Steele is an appropriate name for Michael because he's trying to steal all of Obama's ideas. It won't work. It just won't.

    Oh, oh, maybe you can get Sarah Failin to help, like she helped McCain–there's a good idea.

    February 2, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. susie

    How come Obama doesn't address the ice problem in Kentucky?

    February 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    For 8 years the right was crying "Bush hater" when there were real reasons to hate him from the stolen election to the suspending of the Constitution. But a couple of weeks of Obama and these guys are losing it. Too bad we can't suspend any stimulus from going to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Utah and Alaska. Let them pull themselves up by their bootstraps and hate.
    I'm glad to see a President that knows about "the Google" and "the Internets".
    I'm glad the R's are remaining true to form – I'm really looking forward to the 2010 elections where a few more of them are defeated.

    February 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Rachel

    Just another way for Obama to violate the Public Records laws and FOIA. The rules that apply to everyone else do not apply to this administration.

    February 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Maryann Rose

    I am just cracking up laughing at those who say Bill Ayers or (gasp!) 'terrorists' have Obama's email address.

    Seriously??

    You people MUST be joking, right?

    You are pretty hilarious!!

    February 2, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. JJ12345

    DFR February 2nd, 2009 12:11 pm ET

    Repubs…Stop the hating OUR PREZ!!
    ___________________________________________
    I guess what comes around goes around. Big deal, he knows how to use a blackberry, its not like its a superconducting supercollider.

    February 2, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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