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No decision on whether Obama will keep BlackBerry

Associated Press - January 17, 2009 3:33 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama is having a hard time kicking his BlackBerry addiction, and is debating whether to become the first sitting president to use e-mail.

Just days before his swearing in there's still no final decision on whether he'll keep his cherished hand-held device.

Senior adviser David Axelrod tells ABC News: "He's pretty determined."

Previous presidents chose not to use e-mail since it can be subpoenaed by Congress and courts and may be subject to public records laws.

A transition spokeswoman says Obama wants to keep his BlackBerry so he can stay in touch with friends away from the White House. 

It's unclear if Obama's BlackBerry messages would be public under the Presidential Records Act if he only uses the device for personal communications.

An official with the National Archives says if he's only using it to check up on his family, the notes likely wouldn't be included in the presidential library.

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