Old White House: secure communications, President can't have personal e-mail.
BO: "I want my BlackBerry."
Old White House: professional kitchen staff prepares delicious meals.
BO: "I'm bringing my own personal chef."
Old White House: President settles in and works with members of Congress over legislation that will be signed into law.
BO: "I'll sign as many Executive Orders as I can as fast as I can."
Old White House: Secret Service protection for the President.
BO: "I have my own personal 'bodyman.'"
What this all tells me is that BO doesn't feel his occupation of the White House is legitimate and therefore he has to protect himself with all these other layers that bypass the regular and accountable processes.
I agree. The Executive branch has been compromised. We’re in the beginning stages of a dictatorship. Problem is who runs Obama?
It also tells me he wants some of his dealings to be very private. He cannot be trusted and I can’t stress how strongly I feel about that. He can earn my trust and respect but he is off to a piss poor start.
He has a personal chef? Did someone in the WH lose a job for the personal chef or are we paying another salary?
There are two things here that you’re missing: First of all, as far as I was aware, Presidents weren’t restricted from actually having personal email, there were just so many rules and regulations about disclosure of the contents of a personal email account that until now, they decided it just wasn’t worth the hassle. Second of all, Obama still has Secret Service protection, and most every President has had a ‘bodyman’, it’s just not something that registered in the public eye.
In any case, the whole executive orders thing still bothers me...