Former White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer was interviewed in the latest edition of BlackBerry Connection where he was asked “How important was your BlackBerry device to your work in the White House?”
“My BlackBerry was essential to my job. There were countless occasions, but one that sticks out was when I was in a summit meeting with President Bush and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. During the meeting I was alerted by my BlackBerry that a suicide bomber had struck in Israel. The press were waiting for us outside, and they were going to ask for a reaction and it fell on me to prepare the President and the Prime Minister. Without my BlackBerry we wouldn’t have known, and we wouldn’t have been ready. It just shows how the BlackBerry can help keep you on top of the absolute latest developments.”
Even though Ari has moved into the private sector heading up his own firm, he still finds that BlackBerry just as important as when he was at the White House.
“I’ve been in board meetings where a spirited debate is going on, and sometimes Ill send emails back and forth to try and influence it, right as its happening…. You could call it the high-tech version of passing notes back and forth in class.”