Obama insists on "BarackBerry"

Obama has been cleared to use his BlackBerry now that he is President. Welcome to the 21st century. While I understand security concerns, this really should have been addressed a couple of presidential terms ago. Any and all technology should be available to the highest office holder in the nation. And an executive who is with it at all would know how to use it. The days of just a red telephone on your desk have been gone for a long time even if Bush and McCain didn't know this.

Obama isn't just using his "BarackBerry," his administration continues to utilize the internet to reach the public and enhance his credibility. Check out the White House web page. It not only has all the current news on the President, it includes "quick polls" where the public can vote on various issues like bailouts, Iran, and Hillary Clinton. When you vote, you receive immediate results to see how others have also voted. There is also an opportunity to leave comments on the various articles posted.

This new White House web page has a fun section where you can put in some data and figure out how much less you would pay in taxes under Obama's tax proposal. According to the site, my tax bill would be about $3,583 less than what I am currently paying. Makes me want to support the changes!

You can actually submit a question for Obama's radio show and send a message to the White House. A message to the White House? Who would have ever thought of this? An interesting concept: stay in touch with your constituents.

But our new President does not stop there. He recently announced in a YouTube address the formation of Recovery.gov where the public can log on and see where the bailout money is going. Designed to increase the accountability of this massive spending, he promised to get the site up and running soon.

Whether you support President Obama or not, one has to admit that he is taking the office of the Presidency into the new millennium.

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