I think it's about time we hold another national election here in these United States.
I know the last one was only just this past November, but an issue has emerged that I believe is of significant national interest that requires the attention and perspective of the American people: Obama's BlackBerry.
As in, should he be allowed to continue to keep it or not.
Just yesterday, the incoming president was quoted a New York Times story as saying "I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry."
One would think an executive decision could just be made. He's about to become president of the free world. He should be able to keep whatever he wants!
If he can't decide whether or not he can keep his BlackBerry, I begin to worry about some of the more alarming issues that he might need to address that impact us all but can't, because he isn't even given enough leeway to decide whether or not he can hold on to his BlackBerry.
But, if we must bring crowdsourcing into the mix, let's get to it.
My two cents?
Well, if you've been even a semi-regular reader of this blog, you know where I stand on the Blackberry.
I don't leave home without it. Ever.
For one, I might not find my way back home. Without my BlackBerry, I would still be stuck in Beijing.
My BlackBerry has my name, my phone number, my address, what I like for lunch, even a GPS-like ability to triangulate my way home.
Without all that -- well, it would be like Hansel and Gretel trying to make their way out of the forest without having dropped any bread crumbs.
For another, I'd go into information deprivation withdrawal, and might be arrested on an airplane for trying to look at others' BlackBerries to get a news fix and collapse right there on the floor of the JetBlue terminal at JFK.
You might get off a plane one day, and there I'll be, sitting off to the side of the exit, just having come off the plane wearing an oxygen mask and me surrounded by paramedics and news reporters, suddenly become the news when all I wanted was to get some news!
Now mind you, that's just little ol' insignificant me, trying to get a Dallas Cowboys score or an IBM stock update after earnings have been announced.
What in the world might it be with President-elect Obama?
What happens if Obama finds himself in a long, boring cabinet meeting and Vladimir Putin sends him an email directly explaining that he's about to cut off our natural gas supply unless we cut off aid to Georgia in 20 minutes???
But Obama doesn't get the message because somebody took his BlackBerry away!
What are we supposed to do then, huh?!
Before you know it, a missed mobile email message has turned into the U.S./Russian Blackberry Gas Crisis of 2009, and all because some lawyer somewhere was worried Obama just might get an inappropriate email from Scarlett Johannson one late evening.
There are economic factors here at play that also must be given some serious consideration.
We all heard the U.S. deficit is expected to reach over $1 trillion, so anything and everything we can do to help offset that should be given serious consideration.
I think I may have found a middle way.
Another New York Times piece recently interviewed several advertising and marketing executives about the value of Obama's BlackBerry fanaticism to BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
President of Burns Entertainment, Doug Shabelman, put it this way:
“The worth to a company to have the president always talking about a BlackBerry and how it absolutely is a necessity to keep in touch with reality?...Think about how far the company has come if they’re able to say, ‘The president has to have this to keep in touch.’ ”
Hey, that's worth some money, maybe as much as $50 million in endorsement value, they say.
So here's the compromise:
RIM pays $50 million to help drive down the U.S. budget deficit (I know you all are HQed in Canada, but work with me here, the rising tide will lift all boats), and in turn gets a truly world class marketing endorsement.
Obama gets to keep his BlackBerry (maybe upgrade him to a Bold?), and we avert World War III with Russia.
Hear ye, hear ye, the motion before this noble mobile Congress is whether or not President-elect Obama can knowingly and willingly and with oversight from the U.S. National Archives Act continue communicating with world leaders and Hollywood celebrities via his BlackBerry.
All those in favor, please say "Ay" simply texting a "Y" to OBAMA...via Blackberries only, please.
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