I suppose it might just be a convenient excuse to kick the habit, but I really don’t get why it’s necessary for Barack Obama to hand over his Blackberry when he enters the Oval Office:
For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.
“How about that?” Mr. Obama replied to a friend’s congratulatory e-mail message on the night of his 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, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful.
I can understand the need to ensure that Presidential communications are kept for posterity, but this seems an incredibly heavy-handed way of doing so. Presumably the White House is sufficiently advanced to have moved on from carbon copies to electronic documents – so how is email any different?