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Obama may lose BlackBerry fight

world Updated: Jan 09, 2009 23:39 IST

US President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.

“I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Obama said on Wednesday. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

Of all the fights facing Obama as he prepares for the White House, one of the most maddening for him is the prospect of losing the BlackBerry that has been attached to his belt for years. It is, he has vigorously argued, an essential link to keeping him apprised of events outside his ever-tightening cocoon.

“This is a concern, I should add, not just of Secret Service, but also lawyers,” Obama said, speaking in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times. “You know, this town’s full of lawyers. I don’t know if you’ve noticed.”

Obama shared his agitation at the prospect of losing his last form of direct communication with friends and other advisers who sent him e-mail throughout the presidential campaign.

But he, like President George W Bush before him, is being advised for security reasons and his own legal protection to refrain from sending e-mail during his presidency.

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...but to get new upgraded limo

Nicknamed “the Beast,” Barack Obama’s new drive is a hulking, snazzed-up upgrade from previous presidential limousines, and will give him a better view of his inaugural parade than his predecessor.

Photos of the unfinished Cadillac leaked on the Internet showed a hefty customised behemoth, reportedly tough enough to withstand a rocket-propelled grenade, and some joked, even an asteroid.

But Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell promised that the finished product will combine form with function, despite its unseemly appearance.

“It’s really a new design,” Caldwell told AFP. “It’s a fresh, more modern, more expressive, a little bit more vibrant if you will, but it still is faithful to that tradition of presidential vehicles it’s long and it’s black.”

The interior will include some of the plush detailing offered to regular Cadillac customers, Caldwell said.