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White House technology `30 years behind` time: Obama

US President is exasperated over the lack of new technology in White House.

London: US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the lack of new technology in the White House, claiming the gadgets he has at his disposal are "30 years behind" time.

"We can’t get our phones to work,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling donors at a fund-raising event in his hometown Chicago.

Indicating his exasperation, he said: "Come on, guys. I`m the President of the United States! Where`s the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn`t happen. I always thought I was going to have like really cool phones and stuff.”

Answering questions about bottlenecks in technological innovation, the President said information technology purchasing throughout the US government was "horrible".

"It`s true in the Pentagon. It`s true in the agencies. It`s true in the Department of Homeland Security," he added.


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