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"Obama clinging to his BlackBerry"; but who wouldn't?

Posted by Anonymous Thursday, January 08, 2009 Labels: , ,

A few months ago I was finally released from the life-sucking contract I had with Sprint and their Motorola Razr. What a piece of junk. Allow me this--Sprint may very well have the best monthly plans of any of the big mobile giants. But I didn't get any coverage in my own home. Everywhere else was fine, but that one little corner of the world that is where I make and receive most of my phone calls--sorry, "no can do," they said. (Rachel, you know what I mean...). Anyway, thanks to the encouragement of friends and family (and by that I mean my brother Adam), I switched to T-mobile and got a Blackberry Pearl 8200. It's hot. It's probably the best decision I made in 2008 (?). I can't put that thing down. I play with it more than my cat. I look at it more than in the mirror. I read emails on it more than on my laptop. And it's pretty.

But wait. None of you care about my mobile phone woes and triumphs. The reason I'm ranting about all this is that I saw this article about Pres. Elect Obama and his blackberry on iht.com and found it amusing/sad.

WASHINGTON: President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.

"I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," Obama said Wednesday. "They're going to pry it out of my hands."

Of all the fights facing Obama as he prepares for the White House, one of the most maddening is the prospect of losing the BlackBerry that has been attached to his belt for years. It is, he has vigorously argued, an essential link to keeping him apprised of events taking place outside his ever-tightening cocoon.

"This is a concern, I should add, not just of Secret Service, but also lawyers," Obama said, speaking in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times. "You know, this town's full of lawyers. I don't know if you've noticed."

Obama shared his agitation at the prospect of losing his last form of direct communication with friends and other advisers who sent him e-mailed messages throughout the presidential campaign. But he, like President George W. Bush before him, is being advised for security reasons and his own legal protection to refrain from sending e-mail messages during his presidency.

"I don't know that I'll win," Obama said. But, he added, "I'm still fighting it."

Keep fighting it, Barack. Yes you can.


Rachel said...

HAHA! Excellent post.

And Sprint is a B.