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Wanna send Obama a text message on his Blackberry?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 5:46 pm in political humor.

If you do, the California First Amendment Coalition has a (tongue-in-cheek) deal for you. Read on.

Psst: Wanna buy Barack Obama’s new email address?

By Peter Scheer

What would you pay to have President Obama’s new private (and secure) email address?

Two weeks ago I wrote in this space about efforts by Barack Obama’s aides to get him to surrender his Blackberry, on which Obama had relied to escape the bubble that descends on leading presidential contenders, not to mention elected presidents. I argued that the aides’ concerns about legal and security constraints were overblown and urged Obama to keep the Blackberry—and to use it, while President, to stay in touch with ordinary citizens.

I am not at liberty to reveal how I know that President Obama read my article, which was reprinted in several publications.  Suffice it to say that I am now in possession of the Chief Executive’s new, private email address, the one reserved for family members and close personal friends. (Two additional email addresses have been created for use by, respectively, Cabinet level officials and campaign supporters who contributed $200,000 and above.)

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t betray a confidence, especially a presidential confidence. But these are, as we know, “challenging” times, not least for the California First Amendment Coalition (“CFAC”), a cash-strapped nonprofit working overtime to defend freedom of speech and the public’s right to know about its government.  Besides, President Obama is a big proponent of open government, as shown by his recent pronunciamento on the Freedom of Information Act.  He will, I’m sure, understand that extreme measures in the defense of government accountability are no vice (to paraphrase a rather less successful presidential candidate).

Accordingly, I have decided to divulge Obama’s private friends-and-family email address, the one that reaches him on his belt-mounted Blackberry, to …(click here to go to First Amendment site.)

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  • Phil

    you have a great challenge, i hope you can fix the economy, and coming from a racist republican that is a compliment, i also too hope you make my daughters boyfriend a legal documented mexican, he is a good guy and works hards is the reason i voted for you. If things dont work out i will never 1.vote for a democrate 2.ever vote for a man of color..sincerely phil

  • nenebird

    Know that everyone wants you to succeed, its true. Here’s my concern: money and influence going to the tired old solutions without accountability. We need real accountability. Public institution have to step up and do what is in the best interest of the public, not the lobbyists, the unions, the banks….Too many people get in between the public and the laws as written. For example, the economic stimulus? You need to strike everything that is not directly related to true economic stimulus or else you lose that credaibility capital you have in abundance right now. good luck

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  • http://shalini30@bigpond.com rshalini st-onge

    how about that you are running the country on the idea i had for years. its called work place improvement long.except you involve the whole country.

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    PRESIDENT I HAVE A FRIEND WHOM I LOVE AND CARE ABOUT HE IS FROM AFRICA AND WOULD LIKE A STARDOM COULD YOU HELP HIM HE WANTS TO BUY A BUS FOR A BUSINESS IN AFRICA IT WILL A DREAM COME TRUE FOR HIM A NEW IMMIGRANT IN AUSTRALIA

  • http://www.thegoodfella.com Nick

    Read “The Curious Case of Liberty” at http://www.thegoodfella.com. Make sure the President reads it too.