New Staff Finds White House Lacking In Latest Technology


Moving into the White House, Obama’s folk found things not to their I-liking. More like seriously out-of-date and way behind the times. Reminds me of media in Atlanta. Such as the (now former) newspaper editor who once told me the Internet was “like CB radio.”

On the other hand, if they’d have moved a bunch of Georgia media and politicians into the White House this week, those clowns would have been in way over their I-heads. They relentlessly remind me of tales of senior management in corporate America who still have their secretaries print-out their emails. I kid you not, kiddies. Yes, the people in charge are that techno-challenged. Believe.

From The Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2009:

If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.

Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy yesterday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.

What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking.

Full story here.

2 responses »

  1. The new presidential administration without the new gadgets? Obviously, that’s hard to believe. Any other questions or comments?


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