Sunday, November 16, 2008

Obama Plugged Into the 21st Century

From on 11/16/08...
Barack Obama will be the first President completely plugged into cyberspace. He uses his Blackberry for everything. When a staffer prepares a report for him, it is sent to the Blackberry. Unfortunately, while Presidents get their own fully staffed state-of-the-art aircraft and many other perks, Blackberries are not among them. The Presidential Records Act requires presidential correspondence to be archived, so that's the end of Obama's Blackberry. However, Obama has said he wants a notebook computer on his desk, which is OK as long as all the e-mail is saved. He would be the first President to have a computer on his desk. He will also be the first President to deliver his weekly radio address as a Webcast archived on YouTube. When Obama campaigned about bringing the presidency into the 21st Century, he clearly meant it. It is hard to imagine a President McCain communicating with the nation using Webcasts.
Speaking of which, have you seen President-Elect Obama's first weekly Webcast on YouTube? Pretty cool...


Blogger WheelDancer said...

Of course as president he may have influence over the package that gets dropped on his desk and I suspect he could add a Blackberry pretty easily. Being a data guy with years of working with government regs., I can assure you the messages traversing the Blackberry can be suitable captured and archived to meet the PRA. You just need to have someone who will push for it and I suspect That One will.

6:37 AM, November 17, 2008  
Blogger SiouxGeonz said...

ahem! ahem!
tour de what?

(I got a Blackberry Saturday. It is inscrutable.)

8:20 AM, November 17, 2008  

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