Exclusive Access

There are so many things I love about having Pres. Obama in the White house, one of which is knowing I will sleep better at night with someone fiercely intelligent in the oval office. And, of course, that is further enhanced by the knowledge that I will no longer have to turn my head away from newsstands and news broadcasts to avoid our former president’s latest verbal or intellectual gaff plastered across headlines, along with the photo of that notorious and permanently implanted half-smirk on his face. Harsh? Maybe. True? Absolutely.

01obama_spanBut that’s a storyline for another post. This post is about the fact that our new President embraces and utilizes technology. And that Washington insiders are dying to be even more inside — by getting their hands on the President’s email address. According to the NY Times, access to Pres. Obama’s email is taking on more prestige than a weekend sleep-over in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton administration. But access aside, I can’t even begin to imagine the security measures necessary to safeguard the address as well as the digital contents. Delete. Delete. Delete. Wouldn’t you love to see an accidental “reply all” to something really juicy about pending legislation? Okay, maybe not, but if you thought you felt nauseous after a “reply all” snafu at your office, think about how someone at that level would feel?

Pres. Obama clearly has a sense of humor about it (something else I love about our new President):

Mr. Obama joked about the exclusive nature of his e-mail list at the annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington on Saturday night. “How exclusive?” the president asked. “Everyone look at the person sitting on your left. Now look at the person sitting on your right. None of you have my e-mail address.”

So, look to your left, and now look to your right. I’m guessing no one else in the room has access to this blog. Your status has just been SO elevated.


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