I occasionally fantasize about going off on vacation somewhere without email, phone, or what have you.  This is inevitably vetoed by my fellow travelers, who point out that, mostly being employed on the web, they can't really just jet off without electronic contact.

But even I quail at the thought of eight years without email, which is apparently what Obama is facing.  This drives home, as nothing else could (at least for me), just how lonely and isolated the president must be most of the time.