US president allowed to keep Black Berry against traditions
23 January, 2009
WASHINGTON: Barack Obama has pulled off the first political triumph of his presidency -- he will get to keep his beloved BlackBerry.
At a time of deep economic crisis, and turmoil abroad, one of the most burning questions facing the new White House has been the fate of the president`s trusty window to the outside world.
Being the world`s most powerful man has its advantages, because Obama has faced down objections of Secret Service protectors and government lawyers trying to take away his trusty device.
"The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends in a way," said his spokesman Robert Gibbs.
"The security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate, to do so effectively and to do so in a way that is protected," Gibbs said.