Tech-Savvy Obama Team Faces Stone Age White House

The iPhone-loving-Crackberry-addicts that make up the Obama team are facing a few tech challenges in their ‘new’ digs. The Washington Post has an entertaining/scary story about the The White House which, among other things, runs on six-year-old software. Oh, the horrors! But really, is anyone surprised? I mean, the house was built 217 years ago:

“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.

“It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.”

It’s like when I visit my mom and have to use dial-up …. Brutal!



2 Responses

  1. Ha! I just posted about the Blackberry “win” for President Obama. Hilarious and, like, WTF?

    Thank goodness SOMEONE is with it (Mr. O) :)

  2. I like the Xbox to Atari comment by the Obama staffe, it kind of gives an indication of how young some of Obama’s people might be/ who they’re trying to relate to.

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