Opinion

President Obama's Blackberry

The question has come up of whether or not President Obama should be allowed to keep his blackberry when he is in office.

The issue, I believe, is that all the president's communications are supposed to be documented and recorded. Now, it would be very easy, technologically, to allow him to keep his blackberry and make such recording and documentation happen. However, I have a different take on the issue.

It's not a question of whether he should be allowed to keep his blackberry, or not. The reality is, he shouldn't need it anymore. The purpose of a blackberry is to help keep a person organized and in touch. President Obama will have a staff that will keep him more organized than just about anyone in the world.

I want him to have whatever he needs to do the job to the best of his ability, and that should be his choice. But, I think he'll find that he doesn't need the blackberry nearly as much as he did when he wasn't president.

Most people who have and use PDA's couldn't live without them, but saying a sentence to a team of real live assistants will probably be much more efficient for the man himself than actually using a digital assistant himself.