Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To Use or Not to Use?

We are just hours away from the swearing in of another President of the United States. Whether you are a Republic, Democrat, conservative, moderate or liberal there is one thing we can all look forward to. Will Barak Obama keep his Blackberry?

It is well known that Obama loves his Blackberry. Since his nominee for the top of the Democrat ticket, there has been speculation in the tech world as to whether or not Obama will keep his Blackberry if he were elected president.

You might wonder what is the big deal. So far, presidents have not used email while in office. If a sitting president sends or receives an email, it becomes part of the presidential archives. That is the reason presidents haven't used email. Many presidents try to keep the amount of material going in to the archive at a minimum.

Really, if you think about it, email has only been around since the mid-1990's. That means we can look back at two presidents. President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

President George W. Bush used email just before being sworn in to office. Just before being sworn in he sent out an email to his friends and told him that he would no longer be using his email.

So back to the question. Should Obama keep his Blackberry? He has been advised by his camp to not use it. As of Jan. 17th, this Associated Press story says that there is still no word.

What do you think?

JAN 22 UPDATE: It appears that a Blackberry will be in the Oval Office. Or at least a version of the Blackberry. It won't be running the usual Blackberry software and the estimated cost of the phone is over $3,000. See the story from the Chicago Tribune.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, I think it's a catch 22. I would think that it's a good way to have another Presidential "record". . . but then again, it's a good way to have ANOTHER Presidential record.
You have to wonder if our new President would fall prey to the same attitude a lot of people have, and forget that email is forever. One email can do a lot of damage.
When it comes to this Presidency, I hope his advisors tell him it's better NOT to wonder. Leave the Blackberry at home.

On another note, I always enjoy the forecast on weekends, no matter what the weather. . .you have a great style & lots of accuracy! Keep up the good work! Love the blog.