President-Elect Obama and the Battle for His BlackBerry : Keeping in Touch with People Outside of the Inner Circle at the White House

Obama is negotiating to have his BlackBerry returned, according to Molly McDonough at the ABA Journal Law News Now of Novebmer 26, 2008, citing to an ABC News interview with the Obamas by Barbara Walters.

It seems that his BlackBerry had to be given up for security reasons, but that Obama finds he needs to be connected to the world outside of the “10 or 12 people who surround my office in the White House“.

As Obama says,”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 … I want to make sure that I keep my finger on the pulse of the struggles that people are going through every day.

Ya gotta like this guy. See video excerpts of the interview at ABC News.

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