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Obama Gets to Keep His BlackBerry

Barack Obama's Blackberry
Obama reattaches his BlackBerry while playing golf last year in Hawaii. Source: Reuters
President Obama, who worried after winning office that he would have to part with his BlackBerry because of security concerns, will get to keep the addictive e-mail device after all.

"The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends in a way that use will be limited," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Thursday.

Security on the device has been enhanced, he said.

Obama, who was sworn in as president on Tuesday, is known to be an avid user of the mobile device made by Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM), and he has resisted staffers' efforts to force him to give it up.

Presidential e-mails are considered to be public records, Gibbs said, and thus subject to disclosure after the president leaves office.

Neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton used e-mail during their presidencies.