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October 25, 2006

Bush Uses Google

It was reported in Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing column in the Washington Post.  This was in reference to an interview the President gave to Maria Bartiromo of CNBC that Froomkin noted via references in the Wall Street Journal.  Here are the quotes:

"In a CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo, Bush was asked a question on many of our minds: 'I'm curious, have you ever Googled anybody? Do you use Google?'

"According to CNBC's unofficial transcript, he replied: 'Occasionally. One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see that. I forgot the name of the program, but you get the satellite and you can -- like, I kind of like to look at the ranch on Google, reminds me of where I want to be sometimes. Yeah, I do it some.' He added: 'I tend not to email or -- not only tend not to email, I don't email, because of the different record requests that can happen to a president. I don't want to receive emails because, you know, there's no telling what somebody's email may -- it would show up as, you know, a part of some kind of a story, and I wouldn't be able to say, `Well, I didn't read the email.' `But I sent it to your address, how can you say you didn't?' So, in other words, I'm very cautious about emailing.'"

So, President Bush uses Google, not Yahoo, not MSN.  Perhaps the President was afraid the latter two companies would turn his search history over to the government without a proper court issued subpoena.

The reference to Dan Froomkin's story is here.  The point in question is noted on the 5th page of the story.

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