Bush Loves Google Earth: But Not Email

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Google executives must be thrilled: in a recent interview with MSNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo, U.S. President George W. Bush revealed that he is one of Google's many loyal users.

During the October 24th interview, Bartiromo asked Bush: "I'm curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?"

Google Earth: Yes

The President said that he used the search giant occasionally and specifically pointed out that he enjoys using Google Earth to look at his ranch in Crawford Texas.

Bush said that, "One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see -- I've forgot the name of the program -- but you get the satellite, and you can -- like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes." (Source: politicalhumour.about.com)

Google Earth, which is advertised by the company as putting "a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop" lets the President 'escape' the Oval Office to journey to his home in Texas. (Source: google.com)

It's funny to think of the U.S. President, who -- without a doubt -- has an arsenal of military satellite information, using Google Earth to bring him where he wants to be.

Emails: No

Although Bush loves Google Earth, do not send him any emails. The President said that he avoids communicating via email -- primarily because there is no way to determine the content of emails that he would receive and the consequences could be high if he fails to reply to an urgent message. (Source: bigmouthmedia.com)

Bush also added that he avoids email because he does not want media organizations to somehow tap into his messages. "I don't want you reading my personal stuff," he said. (Source: pcadvisor.co.uk)

The response is somewhat contradictory considering Bush backs the NSA [phone] wiretaps.

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