I sent a grand total of 2 e-mails as president, says Bill Clinton

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - Former US President Bill Clinton has revealed that he sent just two e-mail messages during his time in the White House.

“I sent a grand total of two e-mails as president,” Fast Company magazine quoted him as saying at the Ford Foundation’s Wired for Change conference in New York.

“One [was] to our troops in the Adriatic, and one [was] to John Glenn when he was 77 years old in outer space.

“I figured it was OK if Congress subpoenaed those,” Clinton said.

Technology has come a long way since Clinton moved into the White House. When he arrived in 1993, only about 50 websites existed on the Internet, and cell phones could double as weightlifting equipment, reports the Politico.

Clinton also spoke about the benefit and ills of the Internet in his speech - territory that his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, similarly discussed in a major policy address on Tuesday in Washington.

“Do we need technology? Yes. But it needs to be in the service of building functioning institutions. The big problem in poor countries is they don’t have the institutions we take for granted,” he said.

In developed countries, though, the presence of too much technology has become problematic, Clinton said.

“What caused the meltdown? Our financial institutions worked arguably too well, at warp speed,” he added. (ANI)

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