For the tech geeks in Obama's campaign, accustomed to modern 21st century conveniences like iPhones, the google, and high-speed Internets, yesterday's move into the White House was more like a time-warp back to the technological dark ages of Netscape and Oregon Trail.
So, what's it like living in a place where no cellphones, outside e-mails, IM, or even Facebook is (gasp!) allowed? Where beautiful Macs are replaced by clunky desktops outfitted with six-year old versions of Microsoft software?
"It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari," Obama spokesman Bill Burton explained.
Or from a Wii to that old gray Nintendo box that only works after you blow on it repeatedly. With gusto.
Which just so happens to be a favorite pastime of White House staffers.