For all the negative things happening in the world today, there is certainly much to talk about and report. This blog makes a habit of pointing out the news that people should know, offering critique where needed and encouragement where hope is evident.
Even as we ready ourselves for the new president whom we hope will add some fresh and innovative ideas that will help our nation progress, I can’t help but think that his job and responsibilities are big enough as it is. We would be doing him and most of all ourselves a disservice if we don’t do some things differently to help make our world a better place.
And it’s great to have ideas. But I think we have the idea that we are better than we are. Because we have such quick access to information and analysis we sometimes forget that we have to put in the good ole fashion work. Things aren’t going to get better simply because we analyze it with such ferocity and scholarship.
For the next several days we will talk about some things that will help us accomplish just that. As critical as I can be of what challenges us, I honestly do still believe in the power of what we can do locally to make a difference if we just make our minds up to do it. We can still be a great nation if we decide to be great from the inside out.
Being the mainstream American cat that our new President Elect is, of course he rolls with a crackberryblackberry where he can IM, check his email and what’s hot on the news and sports web pages. The Secret Service wants him to give it up as it could be compromised by hackers.
President Elect Obama wants to keep it because he feels as president one of the toughest things for him to do will be to maintain a connection to the live events and vibe on the streets of America. He was quoted as saying, “I’m still clinging to my Blackberry. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”
I side with the President on this one. For one I like the idea of my president not being isolated in a glass bubble at the White House where he doesn’t know whats up. Remember the indifference of Bush when Hurricane Katrina happened? As horribly as he acted, or rather didn’t act, I wonder if he actually took the time to look at the news to actually see what was going on.
Also if the President is not worried that his text and emails could be hacked, that means that he has nothing to hide. No secret lovers or clandestine deals that could bite him in the behind. I am sure he will get the low down on how to use secured phones and web functions in order to conduct presidential business.
I find it refreshing that my president may click on ESPN, or CNN once or twice a day to get the scoop on the happenings. I say keep it!