December 14th, 2009
11:43 AM ET
9 years ago

Cabinet members: Leave your BlackBerry at the door


Washington (CNN) - Cabinet members need to leave their BlackBerrys at the door in a basket when meeting with President Obama. Above: a White House video reveals the less than high-tech solution used to ensure Hillary Clinton doesn't leave with Eric Holder's phone.
(Photo Credit: White House)

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Holder has a razor... talk about old school

    December 14, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Ted

    I don't have a crackberry, just a cell phone that is actually just a freaking phone. These self important people who sit in meetings tapping away on their crackberries and all the rest of those things are annoying.

    December 14, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. MaryJo

    No guarantee there will be no leak, but assures that it won't get out by means of an "accidentally" turned on BlackBerry. I just love Obama's practicality!

    December 14, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Steve

    Must be a REALLY slow news day.

    December 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Not sure I understand this. Is it news...?

    December 14, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Susan

    Holder uses Motorola Razor.........thats so 2000....

    December 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Double C

    Rice has an Official – State Business phone and the other two are the phones Tiger should have been using.

    December 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Tracy-Oakley

    That's a good solution for him to ensure they're not distracted and are paying attention to the matter at hand. Blackberry's can be a distraction.

    December 14, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Carnell From The Motor City!

    This Story Is Relavent Because?....

    December 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Christ! Just like the students in classes manners to turn them off and keep them out of sight!

    December 14, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Chanel

    Never trust a politician... I get it. It's okay with me.

    December 14, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Palin Schmalin

    Ho hum. Another boring non-news story. Although .... it does beat the daily dose of Palin nonsense and noise.

    December 14, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Exactly why is this news? We have to turn off/put away all electronic devices (phones, pagers, laptops) when we get on airplanes. I'm fairly sure that putting away Blackberrys for classified national security meetings is a reasonable request.

    December 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Unbelievable..... just one example of a typical democrat solution..... chaos. What hapened to turning off the Blackberry while meeting with the President?????????? Is that too simple for democrats?

    December 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Jason

    The reason they may not have a phone is because they could record a private conversation that further reveals the Marxist plan.

    December 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. bert, from Tampa

    This looks like an appropriate use of a tech system that ensures they get the right phone upon exit.
    What's the problem?

    December 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Alfred

    I think they have to leave them in the basket so they don't cause interference with Obama's telepromter...much like you can't use phones during flight because they interefere with navigational instruments. Otherwise, how would he know what to say?

    December 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Frank

    How cool that our government has finally entered the digital age.

    December 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Mark

    John, republicans don' t use I phones, they use tin cans and string

    December 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Jonathan from Madison WI

    So much for tansparency. No cameras, no phones, no public. Everything is a back room deal again. Yes, it happened during Bush. Those who complained about it, and now support Obama doing it, are a bunch of hypocrites. America first. Remind the government that they work for us, not the oter way around.

    December 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Collaboration King

    The president can do it- so can you! Cell phones are the biggest detraction from collaboration. They should be banned in all meetings!

    I am insulted every time someone chooses to look down at their electronics instead of talk directly to me!

    December 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. John

    Slow day CNN?

    December 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    With todays technology anything could happen with BlackBerrys or any other hidden communication/listening devises and they should be checked in at the door.

    December 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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