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U.S. President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry while walking with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett towards the Oval Office at the White House in this photo from May 4, 2010.
U.S. President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry while walking with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett towards the Oval Office at the White House in this photo from May 4, 2010.
(Larry Downing/REUTERS)

David Shribman

How technology went from Obama’s hope to Obama’s undoing

This was supposed to be a victory lap for Barack Obama. The economy was going to be awakening. The uninsured were going to be relieved that Obamacare would cover their medical costs. America’s allies were going to be at ease now that there was a whiff of peace around the world. And yes, the president was going to be serenely at the center of it all, finally reaping the rewards of years of strife.