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Obama wants cool technology for Oval Office

Perhaps President Barack Obama would like a Batphone?

In off-the-cuff remarks at fundraiser, which the president apparently didn't realize were being transmitted to the White House press room by a microphone that was still live, Obama criticized the government for its "horrible" technology.

"Maybe the president has become so disenchanted with federal technology he forgot that media companies are pretty adept at recording stuff," writes Katherine McIntire Peters in NextGov. "CBS' Mark Knoller quoted Obama as saying, 'I always thought I was gonna have like really cool phones and stuff.'"

Ed O'Keefe, in the Washington Post Federal Eye blog, noted that Obama's criticisms went beyond the technology. He also said, still not aware his words were being overheard, that while most federal employees are dedicated and hard-working, some are "slugs, and not trying to do their job."

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM


Reader Comments

Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Was he thinking about the folks in congress who often work only a few hours a day mabe three days a week?

Tue, Apr 19, 2011

Some ARE slugs - and it happens in private industry too. The bigger the "corporation" the higher the probability it has deadwood, for a LOT of different reasons, possibly the least of which is the employees inherent work ethic.

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