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For a High-Tech President, a Hard-Fought E-Victory
New York Times ^ | January 23, 2009 | Jeff Zeleny

Posted on 01/23/2009 4:15:22 AM PST by Loyalist

WASHINGTON — There is one addiction President Obama will not have to kick: his BlackBerry.

For more than two months, Mr. Obama has been waging a vigorous battle with his handlers to keep his BlackBerry, which like millions of other Americans he has relied upon for years to stay connected with friends and advisers. (And, of course, to get Chicago White Sox scores.)

He won the fight, aides disclosed Thursday, but the privilege of becoming the nation’s first e-mailing president comes with a specific set of rules.

“The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends,” said Robert Gibbs, his spokesman, “in a way that use will be limited and that the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bho; blackberry; childish; manchild; obama
And who might that small group of personal friends be?

Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Mahmoud Abbas....

1 posted on 01/23/2009 4:15:23 AM PST by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist
I guess this means that he could be tracked by "we the peoples".

Sorta kinda like the goobermint can track "we the peoples".

2 posted on 01/23/2009 4:21:51 AM PST by G.Mason (If you surrender your right to own a gun, you surrender your right to your life)
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To: Loyalist

Obama needs his Blackberry. He needs it so he knows what to say and when he needs to say it. He claims he is high tech...that may be true.

I say he is tech dependent and would be lost in the trees without it. This tech biz concerning him is no different than a teleprompter or an earpiece. Those are his necessary props to keep up his image.


3 posted on 01/23/2009 4:23:56 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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To: Loyalist

z-man and binny.

LLS


4 posted on 01/23/2009 4:24:15 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Loyalist

Only a matter of time before some one hacks into it. Heck if they can hack into pentagon computers why not that self absorbed twit’s Blackberry?
I thought he told everyone to put childish things aside?


5 posted on 01/23/2009 4:24:22 AM PST by Merlinator (January 20. 2009, A National Day of Mourning)
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To: indylindy
He is dumber than a box of rocks... and a monkeys flew space craft so I guess hussein using a Blackberry is not so “special”.

LLS

6 posted on 01/23/2009 4:26:32 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Loyalist

“The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends,” said Robert Gibbs, his spokesman, “in a way that use will be limited and that the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate.”

Rightttttt.............
Like no hacker has ever gotten into anything protected by the Government.
Of course this use of the blackberry will be secure and he would never use it to convey anything that would help Americans enemeis...
Got that...


7 posted on 01/23/2009 4:28:02 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: Loyalist
Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Mahmoud Abbas

The SS needs to allow zer0 to communicate with these people. They would monitor every word and tape the conversations. Later release the evidence to the CIA with the damning proof that he is "indeed" a traitor to this country and convicted for high treason.

8 posted on 01/23/2009 4:31:04 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: LibLieSlayer

The MSM try to make it so cool. Barry is just so nouveau, he couldn’t be caught without his Blackberry.

Bam is all about smoke and mirrors. Shame so many people can’t realize they were hoodwinked.


9 posted on 01/23/2009 4:31:08 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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To: Loyalist

He is an idiot. He is willing to endanger the US over his personal tastes.


10 posted on 01/23/2009 4:33:08 AM PST by PghBaldy (Obama showing off his crotch: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=550_1210277599)
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To: PghBaldy
He is an idiot. He is willing to endanger the US over his personal tastes.

Exactly what Rush said yesterday over the Gitmo thing. He is all politics above security.

11 posted on 01/23/2009 4:35:40 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Loyalist

It won’t be a “victory” if terrorists or bad guys lock in on Obama’s phone. It is a terrible security risk, but what does he care? Just more trouble for everyone who has to keep this guy and America safe.


12 posted on 01/23/2009 4:36:52 AM PST by Jmouse007 (tot)
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To: Loyalist

Will Obama’s email address be:

BlackBarry’s_Blackberry @ WhiteHouse.gov?


13 posted on 01/23/2009 4:37:29 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Merlinator

Yeah. Someone will hack it. Post some contents. Cause embarrassment to the prez.

It is only a matter of time.

[We can see this one coming. Too bad Barry can’t.]


14 posted on 01/23/2009 4:40:08 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Loyalist
but the privilege of becoming the nation’s first e-mailing president comes with a specific set of rules.

Unbelievable. Now Bush was too stupid to know how to email.

15 posted on 01/23/2009 4:41:07 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (When the rapture comes, can I have your stuff?)
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To: TomGuy

“Will Obama’s email address be:

BlackBarry’s_Blackberry @ WhiteHouse.gov?”

Cute very cute!


16 posted on 01/23/2009 4:44:58 AM PST by DieNarrin (Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity!)
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To: Jmouse007; PghBaldy
I don't know if this is true or not, but I read somewhere that you don't even have to have your cell phone turned on for someone to be able to hear what is being said around you. If that is so, he is a walking loudspeaker for all our enemies to listen in on every top secret conversation being discussed while he is wearing it.

Bty, PghBaldy, I like your tag line LOL

Obama showing off his crotch

17 posted on 01/23/2009 4:45:34 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: DieNarrin

BeigeBarry’s_Blackberry @ WhiteHouse.gov?”


18 posted on 01/23/2009 4:47:04 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: Loyalist
For more than two months, Mr. Obama has been waging a vigorous battle with his handlers to keep his BlackBerry, which like millions of other Americans he has relied upon for years to stay connected with friends and advisers. (And, of course, to get Chicago White Sox scores.)

Except that the White Sox haven't played for the last two months.

19 posted on 01/23/2009 4:48:10 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: bert

As this was said on national radio yesterday, I feel comfortable sharing it here. A caller to Glenn Beck said another issue is that when it is turned on, the GPS can pinpoint its position very closely so it is not only the communication that is insecure.


20 posted on 01/23/2009 4:51:00 AM PST by rightthinkingwoman
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To: SECURE AMERICA
"in a way that use will be limited and that the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate."

Each message will carry a header that says, "Official Communication of the President of the United States intended for _______. If this is you, blink once, if not, blink twice."

21 posted on 01/23/2009 5:00:04 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Hope is gone. Change is coming.)
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To: Loyalist

I trust his Blackberry emails will be made public on a monthly basis. He himself said his new government will be transparent.


22 posted on 01/23/2009 5:13:33 AM PST by khenrich (The gutsiest Republican is a woman from Alaska.)
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To: indylindy

It’s his portable Tele-Prompter.


23 posted on 01/23/2009 5:19:03 AM PST by SirFishalot
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To: Loyalist
Reminds me of the little kid being told by his parents to quit playing with his video games and get to bed. Then the kid throws a temper tantrum and the parents give in by allowing him to keep on playing it since taking it away would hurt his feelings.
24 posted on 01/23/2009 5:22:49 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Loyalist

Yup. Another dhimmicrat who thinks that security rules are for “everyone else”.

All animals are equal - but some animals are more equal.

Gads, dhimmis are so, so simple and transparent.


25 posted on 01/23/2009 5:37:55 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Loyalist
As usual, the NYT gets it wrong with the headline: "For a High-Tech President, a Hard-Fought E-Victory". They want to imply that The One is a technical genius, particularly compared with the cave man Bush.

Actually though, the blackberry issue is one of document storage. A voice is forever lost into the air. A Blackberry message is forever stored digitally, and cannot legally be erased. It is available for Discovery (in the legal definition - It can be read by anyone filing a Discovery request). The One is opening himself to years of litigation for this.

26 posted on 01/23/2009 5:45:18 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: Loyalist
Every text sent or received on that Blackberry, 24/7 is now subject to the Presidential Records Act, and must be completely preserved.

Five years after Zero leaves office, those records can be viewed through the Freedom of Information Act.

It was Blackberry text messages that brought down the Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kirtpactrick. Be careful what you wish for, Barry...

27 posted on 01/23/2009 5:53:44 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Loyalist; CodeToad; Myrddin

How will his physical location NOT be trackable to ten feet by foreign intelligence services and others?


28 posted on 01/23/2009 6:01:25 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Loyalist

0’s crackberry will be his undoing. That thing should be hacked within the month. I just hope the hackers wait longer than the Blago prosecutors before spilling the beans.


29 posted on 01/23/2009 6:04:27 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Merlinator
I thought he told everyone to put childish things aside?

He didn't really say that, did he?

30 posted on 01/23/2009 6:54:34 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6

Yeah it was part of his speech. I think he was eluding to one of Pauls writings in the gosples. Too bad he never grew up.


31 posted on 01/23/2009 7:15:12 AM PST by Merlinator (January 20. 2009, A National Day of Mourning)
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To: Travis McGee

“How will his physical location NOT be trackable “

It will be. He is an idiot.


32 posted on 01/23/2009 7:43:02 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Loyalist

That’s what I was thinking -

this thing is his “brain”,
where he can ask Wright and Ayers what he should do on a constant basis.


33 posted on 01/23/2009 7:44:42 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: HIDEK6; Merlinator

He also called for a new era of responsibility,

which his followers correctly interpreted as

a new era of SOMEONE ELSE’S responsibility.


34 posted on 01/23/2009 7:46:34 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Of course this use of the blackberry will be secure and he would never use it to convey anything that would help Americans enemeis...

The Secret Service is probably extremely unhappy. All it takes is one intercepted message where Hussein discloses where he will be at a predictable point in time at a relatively unprotected place.

35 posted on 01/23/2009 7:47:53 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (We used to institutionalize the insane. Now we elect them.)
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the security is enhanced

Translation: It almost never works.

Barrry will abandon it within a month.

36 posted on 01/23/2009 7:53:55 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: rightthinkingwoman
A caller to Glenn Beck said another issue is that when it is turned on, the GPS can pinpoint its position very closely so it is not only the communication that is insecure.

Even without GPS, the way a cell phone gets incoming calls is the cell tower "pings" it, and it responds "yes, I'm in range of you and able to take incoming calls".

The way we got Pablo Escobar in Columbia was with a piece of equipment which pinged his cell phone and triangulated on his position based on its response transmission.

There is a reason why Presidents didn't carry cell phones.

37 posted on 01/23/2009 7:54:31 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (We used to institutionalize the insane. Now we elect them.)
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To: indylindy

I wonder if he also has a gameboy?


38 posted on 01/23/2009 7:54:55 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: rightthinkingwoman

I heard that too. I wonder if they can turn that off or shield it? Otherwise, that is majorly dangerous.


39 posted on 01/23/2009 7:58:34 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: brytlea

He keeps it on on top his doodle pad and crayons in the right hand top desk drawer in the desk of the Oval Office.

His Wii is behind a wall panel.


40 posted on 01/23/2009 7:59:23 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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To: indylindy

He did look like a bewildered child at the signing of he Executive Orders yesterday. I thought it would be amusing, but it’s really rather scary. I prefer to have adults in positions of power.


41 posted on 01/23/2009 8:01:59 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: Loyalist

Re: the picture in the article ... doesn’t this man ever sit up unless he has to! He’s constantly slumping or slouching. It’s such a lazy trait.


42 posted on 01/23/2009 10:52:52 AM PST by indubitably
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To: PapaBear3625
There is a reason why Presidents didn't carry cell phones

His stooges and flunkies who travel with him do. They can be triangulated

43 posted on 01/23/2009 10:53:54 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: PapaBear3625
There is a reason why Presidents didn't carry cell phones

His stooges and flunkies who travel with him do. They can be triangulated

44 posted on 01/23/2009 10:54:18 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: Loyalist

So much for secure communications. Let’s see if a new electronic security standard is published soon.


45 posted on 01/23/2009 12:56:48 PM PST by ronnyquest ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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