Reading about the US presidential right to keep his BlackBerry, with certain restrictions on access, I wondered if Joe the Plumber would get on Obama’s e-mail list. If he doesn’t, I don’t see how else can the ’people’s president’ stay in touch with folks at the grass-roots level . Of course, he gets feedback from his trusted Chicago friends who are security-cleared for inclusion in President’s BlackBerry contacts list. But it would not be quite the same for Mr Obama as getting an e-mail from the man on the street. MOTS, on their part, can no longer shoot a mail addressed barack.obama dot com , giving vent to their concerns on the bailout of General Motors or the fallout of Gauntanamo closure; and offering advice to their president on the pedigree that fits in with the White House protocol.
A NYT article says Mr Obama has won the BlackBerry battle he has been waging with his ’handlers’. Was amused by the newsaper reporter’s use of the word ’handlers’. We tend to associate it with handling pets . The word may give a handle to newspaper cartoonists. While on the subject I wonder what the latest is on the search for a puppy for the Obama White House. Such is the train of thoughts the use of the word ’handlers’ can evoke.
The media in the US, tracking the race for the title of ‘First Dog’ at the Obama White House, has now another Obama story to chase. Wouldn’t we all want to be kept informed as to who makes it to the President’s BlackBerry list, and who doesn’t ? And the story would not go away so long as there are people lobbying for inclusion. And then there may be some with whom Mr Obama would want to be in e-mail touch, but can’t, because they may have problem getting BlackBerry clearance from the Obama handlers.