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Dear Mr. President: Please Surrender the BlackBerry

2488962259_d3ac46181d_m.jpgHow would you feel if you were ordered, as a job requirement, to hand over your BlackBerry and surrender your e-mail accounts, never to communicate via cyberspace again?

That's the unhappy future facing Barack Obama during his presidency, according to an article in the New York Times. Apparently, the security risks are too great to allow Obama to correspond via e-mail. So the most wired President in history, the one whose campaign owed its oomph from the Internet, is -- in a cruel twist of fate -- going to be disconnected.

I don't know about you, but I'd probably run screaming for the hills if I had to give up my iPhone and e-mail. After years of taking for granted the easy and instant communication offered by electronic means, I doubt that I could go back to pen, paper and telephone without losing my mind.

On a more practical level, my work would sure as heck take a huge productivity hit. And while I consider my work important, it's definitely not on par with being the leader of the free world. How's this moratorium going to affect his efficiency and workflow? I can't imagine that being forced to dictate every e-mail to a lackey for the next four (or more) years is going to make for streamlined, nimble decision-making and leadership.

So how does Obama feel about signing off? I shudder to think.

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