Obviously, the security concerns inherent in using any type of computer messaging are worrisome. Aides have said security will be enhanced on Obama's BlackBerry, and only a few trusted counselors will have access to it. But no computer is completely safe, and any communication sent from one could potentially be intercepted. Also, if the BlackBerry were to be lost or stolen, the messages stored on it would be of high interest to terrorist organizations.
But of greater concern to the country than security issues should be Obama's apparent dependence on the device. When asked in November if he would willingly give up his BlackBerry, Obama reportedly replied, "They'll have to pry it from my hands." This statement, coupled with the reports from the campaign trail, paint a picture of a man so attached to his BlackBerry that he finds it extremely difficult to be away from it -- the very definition of an addiction. Is it really a good thing for the President of the United States -- a man who routinely makes decisions our lives may hinge upon -- to be addicted to anything?
Obama emphasized his tech-savvy during the campaign, and it's part of what won him the election. Obviously, it's important for a president to be comfortable around technology. But there is such a thing as becoming too dependent upon technology, and putting the country in danger by sending sensitive e-mails or becoming fixated on a time-wasting device may be crossing the line. In the middle of a tense showdown with Putin or Ahmenajad, do we really want Obama to be distracted by friends updating him on the latest Chicago sports teams' scores?