While reading through some of the comments posted on “Obama’s Blackberry“, I found an interesting question posted by my friend Amy.
The question, “Curious about something though… WHO actually decided whether or not the President of the United States could keep his blackberry?”
It is a good question. It set me to thinking. Not about what sort of conversations ensued (No he can’t, Yes he can), but how this whole situation played out.
Think about it. He’s originally told he can’t keep his Blackberry. After all, previous presidents had to give up their personal e-mail accounts. Why? Security.
Obama came in and said he wanted to keep it.
Here is my pretend conversation between security, IT and Obama.
Obama: I want to keep my Blackberry.
Everyone else: Sir, you cannot because of security issues.
Obama: Pshaw. You handle IT and security for the White House, etc.
Everyone else: Sir, there is really no way.
Obama: Um, no, I’m keeping a Blackberry and you can find a way to help me.
Guess what? They found a way.
This begs the question – are we lazy? Seriously. We are very smart and creative people. Does it seem like we just don’t try hard enough sometimes? What are your thoughts?