President elect Barack Obama has the same problem that plagues millions of working Americans -- he can't bear to part with his beloved Blackberry. In an interview conducted by Barbara Walters on Tuesday, Obama revealed that he's currently negotiating with the powers that be to keep his Blackberry.
"One of the things that I'm going to have to work through is how to break through the isolation -- the bubble that exists around the president. I'm in the process of negotiating with the Secret Service, with lawyers, with White House staff to figure out how I can get information from outside of the 10 or 12 people who surround my office in the White House, because one of the worst things I think that could happen to a president is losing touch with what people are going through day to day."
Snippets of the interview have been running on news channels this morning (I caught it on MSNBC...thankfully TiVo allowed me to transcribe the comments). The full interview will air on ABC this evening on a Barbara Walters special.
Personally, I'm not buying his explanation. I think he wants to keep his Blackberry so he has something to do when Joe Biden is engaging in one of his two-hour "rhetorical flourishes". It would be like me playing my Game Boy instead of listening to my older aunts and uncles go on a rant.