Obama to 'fight back' for his BlackBerry

Obama still wants his BlackBerry.
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor

Well, it's one day to Prez-day and Mr. Obama is not giving up on the Battle of the BlackBerry. In an interview on CNN, Obama said he expected to "be able to beat ... back" Washington lawyers' demands that he go offfline.

"You like these,” said CNN’s John King. “I was just with you before this, and you had a couple of them. And there are a lot of people who say, because this will end up in the presidential library, because you don't have privacy any more. Your life's about to change Tuesday noon. You have to give this up.”

“Yes,” conceded Obama.

“You going to do it?” asked King.

“I think we're going to be able to beat this back,” Obama responded. “….I think we're going to be able to hang onto one of these. Now, my working assumption, and this is not new, is that everything I write on e-mail could end up being on CNN. So I make sure that — to think before I press ‘send.’”

As I've been reporting, the conventional wisdom is that security and the Presidential Records Act mean the president can't carry his own personal email device. But perhaps change is coming -- even to the Presidential BlackBerry.

Editorial standards