At the top of U.S. government, no mobile phones?

September 22nd, 2009 by Graham

I don’t want to overstate anything, as a cursory Google search offers no confirmation, but from the looks of this photograph from the official White House Flickr feed, sometimes having a meeting in the Oval Office means checking your tech at the door.

Mobile phones checked at the door outside the oval office

The official caption reads: “Cell phones are left outside the Oval Office during a meeting with President Barack Obama, May 25, 2009.” As commenter clareperretta points out it would be fun to know what the little card on the table says.

The Flickr account itself is pretty cool. Not quite Hugo Chávez’ Aló Presidente, but it’s part of some interesting things the present administration is doing with online publishing.

UPDATE: Even if you’re an important member of Congress, you leave it outside. This image from outside the cabinet room.
Members of Congress leave phones outside a White House meeting

One Response to “At the top of U.S. government, no mobile phones?”

  1. Marcus Young Says:

    Great post as per usual. I really like this glad. Off to google to do more research.