Most Transparent President Evah! Initiates Cellphone Ban At Fundraisers

Chairman Obama apparently doesn’t want the general public to hear what he’s saying, and is taking no chance of a repeat of the “clinging to their guns and Bibles” fiasco

(Buzzfeed) In the latest attempt to crack down on potentially embarrassing digital leaks from presidential fundraisers, President Barack Obama’s campaign has begun asking donors attending small fundraisers with the president to turn over their cell phones before entering.

Pool reporter David Nakamura of the Washington Post reported that at a $35,800 a head fundraiser at the home of Blackstone COO Hamilton “Tony” James in New York City Monday night, the 60 attendees were asked to place their phones in plastic bags by the door.

An Obama aide called the move it “standard operating procedure,” but veterans of a range of other campaigns said they’d never heard of the practice, which is common in secure White House spaces where there are concerns of espionage, but unknown in contexts in which only political secrets are discussed. The new prevalence of sophisticated audio and recording capacities in mobile devices owned by virtually anyone wealthy enough to write a check to a political campaign, however, has put a new pressure on campaigns concerned with staying on a public message.

The story points out that Team Romney asks that no audio or video recordings be made at similar functions. Most candidates do the same thing, but don’t actually take phone from big money donors. What does Obama have to hide? You just know that someone is now going to work hard to get a recording from these fundraisers.

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2012-05-15 18:36:29

Maybe he’s planning to give a speech on FEMA camps and massive DHS ammo buys

If this guy wins another term he’ll make Pol Pot look like Winnie the Pooh

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains
2012-05-15 19:07:37

How about the Dept of Education purchase of Assault Shotguns?

I find anyone who fears that his words will be recorded, while in a public space, to be a tell about their true motives on people’s liberties.

Why go in to public office if you are afraid someone will record what you are saying in order to get elected????

However, the push to have people give up their phones seems a bit Orwellian. However, are these people utterly stupid to do so? How about carrying a small tape recorder in your sock?

What happened to the real, true, intrepid reporters who will do anything to get the news?

 
Comment by Trish
2012-05-16 08:21:05

Come on you guys, it’s getting pretty creepy in here…you’re scaring a gal.

Not sure how you can ban cell phones in a public place, when no one in the country goes anywhere without one! Including those paid for with our tax dollars. But then those would never be used to gather information against NMP.

We have so few intrepid honest reporters left, and those we do get branded smeared and dismissed! (like the kid with all the guts who went after planned un-parenthood)

 

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