Newsflash – Obama keeping his Blackberry

At least according to a report I just saw on CNN. And well he should,for a variety of reasons…

Obama’s link to America: his BlackBerry
As president, keeping in touch with friends and critics alike will be crucial to his ability to govern.
By John D. Podesta

January 20, 2009

‘Let the man have his BlackBerry.”

I said that to a meeting of senior transition staffers in Washington last week. I’ve been working with Barack Obama since before the election, and I know that without his virtual connection to old friends and trusted confidants beyond the bubble that seals off every president from the people who elected him, he’d be like a caged lion padding restlessly around the West Wing, wondering what’s happening on the other side of the iron bars that surround the People’s House.

An off-line Obama isn’t just bad for Barack. It’s bad for all of us.

The president’s ability to reach outside his inner circle gives him access to fresh ideas and constructive critics; it underscores the difference between political “victories” and actual solutions; and it brings the American people into a battle we can only win by working together.

He is going to be the Technology President.

One Response to “Newsflash – Obama keeping his Blackberry”

  1. DevinWeiss Says:

    Barack Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” shows a appealing title. It has a taste of bravery mixed with full confidence. There is nothing Pollyanna concerning this. I will possibly not support almost everything he says, but he’s our president, and for me, he creates belief. That will do more for a region than any number of backroom deals. Hope gives us energy, and energy sustains us through trying times. Boy, we’ve had them. I’m from West Texas, and I did not vote for Bush. When McCain ran against Obama, I was a citizen of Arizona, but I gave audacious hope a chance. The fight for progress and laying the foundations of prosperity is just not over. I’ve come across the quips of those who don’t think Obama is capable of doing it. But step back a second. Would anyone have most of us fail in order to tarnish the star of an incumbent for whom they did not vote? Keeping our priorities straight, let’s work together with our president and build our future.

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