President Obama complains White House technology is '30 years behind'

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President Obama may be content using a slightly outdated (though admittedly secure) BlackBerry while on the go, but it seems that he's far more disappointed in the technology at the White House itself. Speaking at a fundraiser in Chicago this week, Obama said that "when it comes to technology, we are like 30 years behind," and he's not just talking about some ancient Windows desktops left over from the previous administration in the West Wing. He went on to complain about the lack of "really cool phones and stuff," saying, "I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen." Maybe he can get some of his new tech industry friends to help him out with that if he manages to settle in for a second term.

Update: Microsoft thinks it has a fix, offering our BlackBerry-in-chief his choice of WP7 handsets. Might we suggest the Arrive?