The President-elect tells Barbara Walters in an interview airing Wednesday night that he’s trying to talk the Secret Service and others into letting him keep his wireless device.
Authorities fear hackers could break into his inbox and harvest data that’s potentially damaging to national security.
“This is a problem,” Obama said with a laugh in the interview which will broadcast on ABC at 10pm EST tonight. Obama believes that keeping his BlackBerry at hand will allow him to keep a better handle on his job because he will be ‘in-touch’ and not isolated from the ‘pulse’ of the nation.
“I’m negotiating to figure out how can I 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,” he told Walters.
In other news, Obama will come face-to-face with the Energizer Alaskan Governor who just won’t quit. Obama’s team announced yesterday that he would meet in Philadelphia next Tuesday, December 2 with Democratic and Republican governors to bring them up to speed on his plans to reverse the financial meltdown.
“We’re going to be working very closely with governors,” Obama said yesterday. “This economic recovery plan will require their input, their participation.”
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