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. Objective Thinking

    No surprise that Holder double underlines his name as if he's more important than the rest.

    December 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. ade

    Excuse me. How many blackberries does Rice have?

    December 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    Yes, leave the phones and try to really communicate! Pay attention!

    December 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. eolufemi

    I assume nothing sensitive is on any of these phones.

    December 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Since they found out you could listen to people even when they are turned off?Yes your cellphone and any other device can be used to spy on you.I read it in PC magazine.Its a dirty little secret they dont want the public to know about ,but its true.

    December 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Sam Smith

    Reminds me of the scene from "Tropical Thunder" where the director collects all the cellphones of his actors in a helmet and destoys them in order to get them into the "Nam 68" mindset. Anyway, it might be a good idea to actually have to LISTEN to what one of the most powerful men on the planet has to say when you are in the same room with him, low tech solution or not...

    December 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Tim

    Yes, transparency not allowed, unless it passes throught he WH filter of transparency. To the WH, transparency filter is a self-created oxy-moron.

    December 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. katiec

    I think this is great.
    The attention span of some politicians seems to be narrow and elusive, so maybe now we can expect full attention given to what
    should be more important to them!

    December 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Laura Lynne Prater

    Very practical solution...Pity that such a common sense approach isn't implemented in solving some of the larger problems we face! Although a misplaced BB can qualify as EPIC CRISIS!

    December 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Bea

    Good way to save money!! Please find another story to report this is not one. A good story will be that several banks did not need the bailout money in the first place, but only took it so they could reinvest in their corporation to make more money and no obligations to produce jobs because they can say that the media is reporting how bad the economy is and we don't have to do anything, but let the ignorance of the media continue to report and keep the American people off balance. confused and fueding among congress. The big fallout and taking advantage of the American people or taxpayers as you continue to put it is because of media coverage whether you want to admit it or not. I don't expect you to post this because you don't like hearing the truth. You going to wish you had listened when you find yourself without jobs because of your own medica cov erage.

    December 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Vancouver Canada

    Looks like a good ad for Blackberry

    December 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Silence Dogoode

    well, if you can't be trusted by your co-workers why should we trust them with our $$$$?

    December 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. John

    Republicans use I-phones..... far superior than that basket of dinosaurs.....

    December 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Andy

    And RIce has 3?!

    December 14, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. chris

    This is normal... esp. when you work near classified, secret and top secret information. We do the same here at work...

    December 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    What, we aren't adult enough to simply turn them off out of respect for the office of the President ? Or is meeting with BO that boring that all temptation must be removed.

    December 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. B

    This must be driving them nuts....

    December 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Tim B

    Does UN Ambassador Susan Rice really have three Blackberry phones? I think I have phone envy...

    December 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. No one famous

    And how much money in Post-It notes is this administration going to waste. I seem to recall the president asking his secretaries to find cost savings. Gee, my blackberry comes with an On/Off switch so I can switch it off and thus disabling the GSP chip. Morons!

    December 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. cathy

    Glad to see they are not wasting money by building some fancy Blackberry holder. This system also assumes some honesty within the ranks. Perhaps there is hope after all!

    December 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. wellthereitis

    Where's BO's phone? Doesn't he have to leave his outside the meeting or is he simply flexing his political muscle to show how superior he is?

    December 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "No surprise that Holder double underlines his name as if he's more important than the rest."

    No suprise that some disgruntled GOPer/neoclown who hasn't yet gotten over November 4, 2008 would invent something so petty and snide to use as criticism of one of the Obama administration's top officials.

    December 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Tom

    Holder uses a Razor? Seriously? Thats the same phone I gave my 10 year old to play music. Too funny!

    December 14, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Mike

    This is a common practice even in a private sector. I use to work in a research lab where we were not allowed to carry a cell phone with a camera to prevent a leak to a media and/or a competitor.

    December 14, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. The Other Michael in Houston

    Not news CNN, this is protocol.

    December 14, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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