January 9th, 2009
10:13 AM ET

Obama should keep his BlackBerry

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/08/art.obamabb.gi.jpg caption="Obama is finding it difficult to give up his BlackBerry."]

Paul Begala
CNN Contributor

The first time I walked into the Oval Office my knees nearly buckled.

I was overwhelmed by the history - to think that Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt worked here; that John F. Kennedy hid candy for his son in that very desk; that LBJ strategized with MLK in front of that fireplace.

And then the newly-inaugurated President Clinton shook me gently from my reverie. "Don't let it get to you, Paulie," he said as he put his arm around me. "This is the crown jewel of the federal penal system."

I suspect President-elect Obama knows how he feels. In a recent interview he expressed a strong desire to stay in touch with the real world.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Democracy or Freedom?

    The USA, in its declaration of independence, were the first country to recognize explicitly that the rights to life and liberty are inalienable, inherent to each individual and not mere social convention or benefit granted by the government.

    Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding theorists of America, said about the system they created: "It's a Republic, if you can keep it." Apparently failed. The Constitutional Republic, where the right of each person is inviolable by the government, slowly gives way to democracy where everything is permitted – provided that "for the good of the majority."

    Is the President’s blackberry reaches "the good of the majority"?
    It's a case to be thought!

    January 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  2. Arachnae

    I totally agree with this commentary, Paul. While I appreciate and sympathize with the lawyers and secret service on this issue, what does it say about us as a country if we can't secure communications to the President's personal blackberry?

    January 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm |