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Obama Continuing Fight To Keep Blackberry

Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/07/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:00 PM ET

Obama Blackberry

Amid all the action leading up to Obama's inauguration it is easy to forget that there is still an issue very close to the President-Elect's heart that has yet to be resolved: that of the fate of his BlackBerry.

Speaking with CNBC Wednesday, Obama explained that he is still fighting to hold onto the device despite the sea of lawyers who have warned him against keeping it.

I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry. They're going to pry it out of my hands.[...]


I don't know that I'll win, but I'm still--I'm still fighting it. And--but here's the point I was making, I guess, is that it's not just the flow of information. I mean, I can get somebody to print out clips for me, and I can read newspapers. What it has to do with is having mechanisms where you are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way. And I've got to look for every opportunity to do that--ways that aren't scripted, ways that aren't controlled, ways where, you know, people aren't just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded.

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