President Obama Owns an iPad

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If you have an iPad, you have something in common with the President of the United States. Barak Obama told a townhall meeting to be broadcast this evening on Spanish-language network Univision on Monday that he owns one, though he’s still married to his BlackBerry smartphone, too.

“I took my BlackBerry off for this show, because I didn’t want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing,” Mr. Obama told Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, according to Marketwatch. “But usually I carry a BlackBerry around.”

Mr. Ramos then asked if he had an iPad, to which he responded, “I do have an iPad.”

The townhall meeting was unrelated to the President’s address on Libya, also broadcast on Monday evening.

President Barak Obama
President Barak Obama

Comments

MacHead

That’s odd. Isn’t this the guy who said, “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations—none of which I know how to work—information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation”?

Lee Dronick

That?s odd. Isn?t this the guy who said, ?With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations?none of which I know how to work?information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation??

Well maybe he learned how to use the iPad. Anyway take his statement in context:

“This class is graduating at a time of great difficulty for America and for the world. You’re entering a job market, in an era of heightened international competition, with an economy that’s still rebounding from the worst crisis since the Great Depression. You’re accepting your degrees as America still wages two wars ?- wars that many in your generation have been fighting.

And meanwhile, you’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations—none of which I know how to work—(laughter)—information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.

Class of 2010, this is a period of breathtaking change, like few others in our history. We can’t stop these changes, but we can channel them, we can shape them, we can adapt to them.”

Read a transcript of the speech

MacHead

We can?t stop these changes, but we can channel them, we can shape them, we can adapt to them.?

Point well taken. =]

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