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Obama may keep BlackBerry after all(Not giving it up)
Politico ^ | 1/17/09 10:18 AM EST | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN

Posted on 01/17/2009 7:22:47 PM PST by Red Steel

Chalk up one possible win for Obama: He might be able to keep his BlackBerry after all.

He's been resisting the advice of lawyers and others to give up the e-mail device upon taking office because he views it as his connection to the outside world.

“I think we're going to be able to beat this back,” Obama said in a CNN interview of the pressure on him to give it up. “I think we're going to be able to hang onto one of these. Now, my working assumption, and this is not new, is that everything I write on e-mail could end up being on CNN. So I make sure to — to think before I press ‘send.’

“It’s just one tool among a number of tools that I'm trying to use, to break out of the bubble. To make sure that people can still reach me. But if I'm doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an e-mail and say, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Obama said. “I want to be able to have voices, other than the people who are immediately working for me, be able to reach out and — and send me a message about what's happening in America.”

Obama didn’t describe what kind of arrangement he had made to keep the BlackBerry. After the interview, host John King said on CNN that Obama had not one but two BlackBerries with him Friday.


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KEYWORDS: bho2008; bhowhitehouse; blackberry; jackass; kingobama; nationalsecurityrisk; obama; stuckonstupid; technology
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He's been resisting the advice of lawyers and others
to give up the e-mail device upon taking office.
1 posted on 01/17/2009 7:22:48 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

He just wants everyone else to make sacrifices...


2 posted on 01/17/2009 7:23:23 PM PST by Canedawg
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To: Red Steel
Yesturday's related thread:

Obama refuses to surrender Blackberry

3 posted on 01/17/2009 7:23:59 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Canedawg

Blah, blah, blah, disobey the laws, but we have to obey them.???

Go figure?


4 posted on 01/17/2009 7:25:44 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Red Steel

“But if I’m doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an e-mail and say, ‘What are you doing?’ ”

Who, like Rezko, Blago, Ayers, Dorn, Wright all of the other geniuses in Chicago???


5 posted on 01/17/2009 7:26:18 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: Red Steel

The Idiot King.


6 posted on 01/17/2009 7:26:25 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Canedawg

How many, OOPS, I shouldn’t have told you that buddy email’s will be sent? Or how many meetings will he stop to check his BB for the latest new from regular serfs.

Dear Vladamir - How’s it going? Just sitting in the O office...u r right, the west window does seem to leak air! Hope you can fly in soon, we’ll chill in the crib and figure out a manifesto together...your BFF...O

...ugh...what a teenager we have in office...sad.


7 posted on 01/17/2009 7:28:35 PM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: Red Steel

Be careful what you ask for.


8 posted on 01/17/2009 7:29:03 PM PST by shiva
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To: Red Steel

Of course, he needs a comm channel outside the normal ones. How else can he get his orders from the guys he owes back in Chicago?


9 posted on 01/17/2009 7:29:55 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar (I love my Country, but I now genuinely fear my government.)
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To: phatus maximus

Where do I go to file my Freedom of Information Act rights to his email?


10 posted on 01/17/2009 7:31:05 PM PST by Dacula (Dacula. As in Dacula, Georgia)
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SO THIS SHIVERING PATHETIC SNIVELING
SHADOW OF A DOG CAN GET OUT OF OUR SIGHT!




11 posted on 01/17/2009 7:31:48 PM PST by Brads Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Red Steel

Just a spoiled punk Chicago thug.


12 posted on 01/17/2009 7:32:21 PM PST by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Red Steel

SO BERRY CLUMSY

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama’s cherished BlackBerry slipped through his fingers yesterday - but it was only a butterfingers moment.

Obama, who has been resisting requests that he relinquish the device when he becomes president, dropped his BlackBerry and its hard plastic case onto an airport tarmac as he emerged from his fortified vehicle.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01172009/news/nationalnews/so_berry_clumsy_150573.htm


13 posted on 01/17/2009 7:33:59 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: Red Steel; SLB

Whole new meaning to the term “Crackberry” ....err Barry !


14 posted on 01/17/2009 7:35:37 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Dacula

My thoughts exactly. Someone needs to request records of his Blackberry correspondence on a daily basis and publish it.


15 posted on 01/17/2009 7:36:44 PM PST by GatorGirl (Proud member of the Gator Nation!)
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To: Red Steel
His quotes here make him come off as just another yuppie boyman who wants to keep his little electronic toy with him at all times.

I swear I am trying to like this guy. He won't let me.

16 posted on 01/17/2009 7:37:00 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Red Steel

Ohh, can’t wait for BO’s e-mail subpoena!!


17 posted on 01/17/2009 7:39:00 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Red Steel

"Yep, that auto-forwarding bug on O's Blackberry is working just fine!"

18 posted on 01/17/2009 7:39:34 PM PST by mikrofon (Rove, you magnificent b*st*rd!)
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To: Dacula

See the Supreme Court, errr, I mean Congres, errr I mean....oh forget it...


19 posted on 01/17/2009 7:40:44 PM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: Darkwolf377

>>I swear I am trying to like this guy. He won’t let me.<<

I’m not even going to try.


20 posted on 01/17/2009 7:42:01 PM PST by unkus
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To: Red Steel

He wants to be able to talk to his old cronies without being taped on those WH phones systems...


21 posted on 01/17/2009 7:46:30 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Red Steel

Why does this remind me of Bill Clinton insisting on having his own private telephone line into the White House so he didn’t always have to go thru the WH switchboard? I remember asking my husband why that was necessary, something about it seemed very fishy to me. He needed his privacy. We learned that was the Monica Lewinsky excuse...


22 posted on 01/17/2009 7:48:56 PM PST by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: shiva

I think these things can be tracked when they are on. If so, a realtime record of his location could be kept and sent to the Secret Service every few days. Just to let them know. A copy to Biden and Michelle might help, too.


23 posted on 01/17/2009 7:49:00 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Squantos
err Barry

LOL

24 posted on 01/17/2009 7:50:29 PM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Darkwolf377

Wait until someone hacks his Blackberry.


25 posted on 01/17/2009 7:54:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: celtic gal
So he thinks. Interested parties could hire savvy folks to hack that toy of his.
26 posted on 01/17/2009 7:55:57 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

It’s just amazing to me how this guy can just step around the rule set up after Watergate. If Bush did this can you imagine Chrissy Matthews and Olberdrunk letting it go?


27 posted on 01/17/2009 7:58:52 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: SLB

Weren’t they all over Palin using a personal e-mail account as governor during the election ? As well isn’t there a blackberry for goobermint that is 5220.22-M, NSA and Gutmann compliant ?


28 posted on 01/17/2009 8:03:53 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Red Steel

Oh please, please, please tell us more about Superboy!


29 posted on 01/17/2009 8:06:27 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: GoldwaterChick
...something about it seemed very fishy to me.

Yeah, like that sinking feeling a spouse gets when they realize their husband/wife has a secret email account, or a cell phone they didn't know about, or a credit card/bank account... The only reason to insist upon secrecy is to keep secret something that needs to be kept secret due to its embarrassing, illegal, or immoral nature.

If O wants to keep his "personal" communications link, he must have good reason to push-back on this. Makes me suspicious. If I trusted this guy, I wouldn't think a thing of it. But I don't trust him at all.

30 posted on 01/17/2009 8:20:35 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar (I love my Country, but I now genuinely fear my government.)
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To: Red Steel
For some reason “Rick Roll” went thru my head. Now, the song won't go away! I think the republic was “rolled”.
31 posted on 01/17/2009 8:22:59 PM PST by ozaukeemom (It's Obama's fault (not just practicing))
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To: Red Steel

“So Bill Ayers, George Soros has told me to come clean on that COLB thing; What do you think?
As always, my future is in your hands!
Thanks,
Barry Davis


32 posted on 01/17/2009 8:24:00 PM PST by aShepard (Maybe 12/6 is the time to launch a constitutional amendment that lays out POTUS requirements!)
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To: Red Steel

I hope it doesn’t interfere with the football.


33 posted on 01/17/2009 8:25:35 PM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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To: 17th Miss Regt
I think these things can be tracked when they are on.

Yes, all that has to happen is someone at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc. (any major telco) get his number and they can get the device ID and see which cell towers are in range of the device. Position can generally be triangulated to within a few yards.

I would think that kind of exposure would drive the Secret Service slightly nuts. I know it must drive their IT guys nuts. Heck, even my company forbids connecting personal IT devices (PDAs, smart phones, laptops, thumb drives...) That is to a corporate network with simply company private info. O will be in/around networks with TS material on them...

34 posted on 01/17/2009 8:26:31 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar (I love my Country, but I now genuinely fear my government.)
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar

Obama is the biggest walking, talking, texting, emailing, VOIP national security risk.


35 posted on 01/17/2009 8:33:30 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

I already mentioned in another thread that you can’t get booty calls and powdered cocaine without BlackB@rry.


37 posted on 01/17/2009 8:35:45 PM PST by eaglestar
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To: Darkwolf377

The man just isn’t bright. Expect more screw-ups.


39 posted on 01/17/2009 8:42:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Red Steel
Never, never, be out of my contact, now that you are off the strings

sorobama.jpg, 76 kB

40 posted on 01/17/2009 9:02:48 PM PST by Foolsgold ("We live in the greatest country in the world and I am going to change it" Barry O'boomarang 2008)
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To: Red Steel
After the interview, host John King said on CNN that Obama had not one but two BlackBerries with him Friday.

Oh c'mon. Calling him a BlackBerry is over the top.

41 posted on 01/17/2009 9:02:50 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Professional Engineer

ping


42 posted on 01/17/2009 9:09:08 PM PST by Peanut Gallery ("...evolution doesn't fully explain the mystery of life" ~ George W. Bush)
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To: Red Steel
To "O" it is all about him... "politics" of relativism.

I hope his Crackberry gets hacked... would serve him right for not being smart.

43 posted on 01/17/2009 9:21:22 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Red Steel
be able to reach out and — and send me a message about what's happening in America

Hey, let's write him. Anyone know the address? We could give him an earful!!!

44 posted on 01/17/2009 10:01:03 PM PST by BAW (No plans for Tuesday.)
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To: Red Steel

He is hella stupid. No clue who he’s exposing besides himself.

I bet someone could print out every call from every phone (home/cell), he’s ever made, show it to him... and he still wouldn’t get it.

Constitutional lawyer my eye. Common sense my eye.

Something else besides his non-vetting for foreign countries to use (for leverage). He’s surrounded with thugs who can be bought... it just takes a second ala John O’Neill (rest his soul), with the briefcase or leaving it on a surface, and it’s over.

Who pays his bill?


45 posted on 01/17/2009 10:01:38 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: Red Steel
He needs his Soros hotline in order to know what to do.
46 posted on 01/17/2009 10:18:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (You give peace a chance. I'll stay back here and cover you, just in case it don't work out.)
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To: Red Steel

You know, if Jim Jones, Stalin or Lenin were alive today... especially Lenin, they would want to keep their Blackberry. You have to be able to get your protesters and activist groups (blogs too), to agitate, push and pull, create drama for your direction or distraction.

How could the brownshirts and jackboots report without it?

(cough, kidding) gulp.


47 posted on 01/17/2009 10:20:13 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: mware; doug from upland; holdonnow

ping


48 posted on 01/17/2009 10:22:07 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: eaglestar

If he was really Southside, he’d have a storage room full of Tracfones. Oops, nevermind.


49 posted on 01/17/2009 10:24:26 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: Red Steel
everything I write on e-mail could end up being on CNN

funny he hasn't stopped to think it could end up on Pravda....

50 posted on 01/17/2009 10:24:58 PM PST by blueplum
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