As it turns out, ValleyWag took the right approach to this story. But their final prescription of “suck it up, pal” might be short sighted. Maybe the correct tone to take is: “so stop whining and start signing executive orders”. I’d start by pointing out that using Windows to ensure national security sounds a lot like using gasoline to quench a fire.
This is not a story about digital pioneers getting cast back into the Stone Age; it’s about a privileged elite learning how the rest of the country has to work. Those “six-year-old versions of Microsoft software”? That must mean Windows XP. If you haven’t noticed, most people still prefer XP over Microsoft’s clunky, buggy, annoying new Vista. Here’s a suggestion for the Obamans: Stop whining about the tools taxpayers have paid for, and get to work learning how to cope with what your employer gives you, just like the rest of us.