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Obama May Keep BlackBerry After All



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    A Secret Service agent stoops to pick up Barack Obama's BlackBerry after he dropped it while getting out of his limousine before boarding a charter airplane at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Obama may keep his BlackBerry after all.

    Chalk up one possible win for Obama: He might be able to keep his Blackberry after all.

    He's been resisting the advice of lawyers and others to give up the email device upon taking office because he views it as his connection to the outside world.

    “I think we're going to be able to beat this back,” Obama said in a CNN interview of the pressure on him to give it up. “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 to -- to think before I press ‘send.’

    “It’s just one tool among a number of tools that I'm trying to use, to break out of the bubble. To make sure that people can still reach me. But if I'm doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an e-mail and say, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Obama said. “I want to be able to have voices, other than the people who are immediately working for me, be able to reach out and -- and send me a message about what's happening in America.”

    Obama didn’t describe what kind of arrangement he had made to keep the Blackberry. After the interview, host John King said on CNN that Obama had not one but two Blackberries with him Friday.