President Obama Totes his iPad 2 Onto Marine One

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A photograph released by the White House on Flickr shows President Barack Obama boarding Marine One (the designation for the president’s helicopter when the president is onboard) with his new iPad 2, complete with a Smart Cover. First noted by our friends at TUAW, the photo shows that the president enjoys his iPad enough (or useful enough) to carry it with him for such activities as a townhall meeting.

The caption posted by the White House reads, “President Barack Obama salutes as he walks to Marine One following a town hall meeting in Fairless Hills, Pa., April 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).”

In March, President Obama acknowledged having an iPad during an interview with Univision. Today’s photograph suggests that it’s a device he truly uses. The president is also known as an avid BlackBerry user, saying during the same interview that he usually his BlackBerry with him.

President Obama with his Helicopter and iPad 2

The full image, complete with the iPad, U.S. Marines guards, and Secret Service on the roof of the building behind the president.

Closeup of iPad 2 & Smart Cover

In the original quality image also posted by the White House, you can clearly see that it’s an iPad 2 with an Apple Smart Cover.

Comments

waltp

Wonder if there is an Presidential engraving on the “first iPad”?  You know, maybe the Presidential seal or something.  Same question about the case.

Lee Dronick

is Steve Jobs tracking him?

MyRightEye

Ok, now I HAVE to sell my iPad :\

sflocal

Well, I guess the most powerful man in the free world has no use for Flash either!  smile

RonMacGuy

Of course not. American nuclear missile launch codes - There’s an app for that!!

palenoue

But what games does he play on it?

Oh, and MyRightEye, Obama also breaths air, so you might want to stop doing that as well wink

Laurie Fleming

Ok, now I HAVE to sell my iPad :\

Oh? Why is that?

d'monder

is Steve Jobs tracking him?

I second that question.

Does Apple get to track his location too? smile

question

Are those Smart Covers really that crappy?  Coming half-off while people carry their iPads?

Lee Dronick

Are those Smart Covers really that crappy?? Coming half-off while people carry their iPads?

They are not crappy, but yeah mine has a tendency to do what you see in the the photo.

Richard Probst

Look closely. He is carrying it open, with the cover folded back against the back of the iPad. When you carry it that way, the cover does not stay flat. But the iPad stays on. Maybe Obama wants to use it the moment the helicopter lifts off.

Lee Dronick

Look closely. He is carrying it open, with the cover folded back against the back of the iPad. When you carry it that way, the cover does not stay flat. But the iPad stays on. Maybe Obama wants to use it the moment the helicopter lifts off.

Good eye there Richard. I suspect that there are not enough hours in the day for a President and that the iPad is full of briefs and such that he needs to read.

RonMacGuy mentioned nuclear missile launch codes. I served under a Navy Captain who had carried the “football” for President Johnson and of course when he was on duty he was always near the President. He told me that the President’s schedule is very full.

domsin

Hey, it looks like he got the same color scheme as me!  White iPad with Gray cover.

But, does the Secret Service know that Obama’s location is being recorded????

iJack

It’s iPOTUS!

iJack

Hey, it looks like he got the same color scheme as me!  White iPad with Gray cover.

If he’s carrying it backward ? and it appears that he is ? how do you know it’s white?

iJack

OK, somebody is not doing their homework.  That is almost certainly an armored SUV the President is getting into, not Marine One.  For starters, it’s too low to the ground to be a helicopter.  The doors are too thick, and obviously painted steel, rather than a light alloy ? don’t forget, Marine One actually has to fly once passengers are aboard.  There is a power window button on the door.  Aircraft don’t have power windows.

This is a recent photo of the interior of Marine One.  You will see that curtains and upholstery are different than the photo above.

http://tinyurl.com/6l76grn

Lee Dronick

But, does the Secret Service know that Obama?s location is being recorded????

It isn’t so much where he was that is a security concern, as where he will be.

Steve

If you look at it carefully, the ipad 2 is open and the smart cover is fliped on the back side of the ipad (very strange thoug) but yes…. what you see is the smart cover on the back of the ipad and not attached to the creen.

Intruder

@iJack
Actually, it probably IS Marine One.

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0d29eap4jlaQ3/610x.jpg

It is the VH-60.

Intruder

Are those Smart Covers really that crappy?  Coming half-off while people carry their iPads?

He’s holding it wrong. Steve said so.

<ducks>

Lee Dronick

He?s holding it wrong. Steve said so.

He is holding it that way because that Secret Service wants him to hold that way. No signal, no tracking. smile

Intruder

Actually it is so you can’t see that he was really playing Angry Birds.

Justin

He needs a miFrame to charge the iPad in the oval office.  It’s the most presidential iPad charging dock!

http://stripedsail.com/products/ipad/miframe-ipad-dock/

Justin - miFrame Designer

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