When I worked at Groove, we used Lotus Notes extensively (because the Groove people were all Notes people in a former life). Occasionally we’d get a confidential email from the CEO that could neither be forwarded nor copied to the clipboard.
Of course, if you really wanted to pass it along to someone else, you could just take a screenshot.
All of these technical blocks seem to me tantamount to DRM, with the same failings. Ultimately that sound file is going to make its way out of a speaker, so at the very least I can just put a microphone in front of the speaker and capture the DRM-free signal that way. It may be a low-fidelity capture, but it’s a capture.
Likewise, that email will be a sequence of bits on someone’s computer. We may only capture those bits in a suboptimal screenshot, but capture them we will.
If Obama’s BlackBerry can’t take screenshots, he could always pull out a camera and photograph the BB’s screen.