Sunday, November 16, 2008

No More Gadgets!

President-Elect Obama's transition team interviewed Gilbert Lowell and Louis Skolnick this week for a new cabinet post: Secretary of Tools. Neeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrds!

Our first yuppie president will lose his toys on January 20:

For years, like legions of other on-the-move professionals, Obama has been a heavy user of his BlackBerry. The device, basically a phone and a hand-held computer, has rarely been far from his side.

"How about that?" Obama replied to a congratulatory e-mail message from a friend after his election victory.

But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, there is the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A final decision has not been made on whether Obama could go against precedent and become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that was unlikely.

Despite the power afforded the U.S. president, the chief executive of the nation is essentially deprived of some of the tools that other chief executives depend on. Obama, however, appears to be poised to make technological history in other ways: Aides said he hopes to have a laptop on his desk in the Oval Office. He would be the first American president to do so.

And McCain was only becoming "computer literate" during the Summer months of the campaign. He never used emails. He never had a chance.

Plenty of free time for the Video Professor now. Perhaps you can learn to sell Governor Palin's stump wardrobe on eBay. Please . . . try his damn product already, you old codger!

***UPDATE***: Obama uses online videos to disseminate his weekly addresses and taps the unmatched reach of Youtube as his vehicle. A tech savvy President? How cool. But killjoy Allen Stern cries foul and mewls about "fair competition."

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