White House BlackBerry-ies in a Basket Rule for President’s Cabinet

Video courtesy of The White House

So, let’s say you’re a member of the Cabinet of the President of the United States. Let’s also say that you carry a BlackBerry of some kind as does every other Cabinet member. The rule is that phones have to be left in a basket outside of cabinet meetings. So, how do you think the phones of these high ranking presidential appointees’ phones are handled? RFID tags on each one which are then placed in individual mini-vaults? How about DNA tags for the BlackBerry-ies which are then sealed in a room requiring a retina scan for entry?

CNN’s eagle-eyed Eric Kuhn found the answer in a White House produced video at about the 2:08 mark of the video…

Inside the White House: The Cabinet (The White House)

Cabinet members: Leave your BlackBerry at the door (CNN)

The truth is that each Cabinet member jots his or her name on a yellow Post-It note and affixes it to his or her phone…

Image courtesy of The White House

These labeled phones are then placed in a basket outside of the meeting room…

Image courtesy of The White House

If you look at the bottom left corner of the photo above you’ll note what Eric also found: UN Ambassador Susan Rice apparently carries and deposits three phones in the basket.