If you ever wanted to know why President Barack Obama still uses his BlackBerry, you’ve now gotten your answer.
At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, the president said he is not allowed to have Apple's smart phone, the iPhone, for "security reasons," though he still uses Apple's tablet computer, the iPad, according to the New York Daily News.
Part of the transcript of the meeting was posted by Slate and included the following:
“Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone. (Laughter.) I don’t know what your bills are. I have noticed that Sasha and Malia seem to spend a lot of time on it. (Laughter.) My suspicion is that for a lot of you, between your cable bill, your phone bill, you're spending more than 100 bucks a month. The idea that you wouldn’t want to make sure that you've got the health security and financial security that comes with health insurance for less than that price, you guys are smarter than that. And most young people are, as well.”
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The Slate article also discussed what makes Obama’s BlackBerry more secure than an iPhone and noted that for starters, there’s the fact that his BlackBerry is apparently locked down in multiple ways, including a personal email address to which only 10 contacts have access.
Obama reportedly fought to keep his BlackBerry after coming to the White House in 2009, according to the New York Daily News, which also noted neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton used email during their presidencies.