With iPad 2s seemingly still in short supply, one person who apparently had little trouble getting Apple’s new fangled tablet is President Barack Obama.
During a town hall meeting held in Washington earlier today, news anchor Jorge Ramos curiously, and quite bluntly, asked Obama if he owns an iPad.
I do have an iPad,” Obama replied, joking later about also having his own computer.
“I mean, Jorge, I’m the president of the United States,” Obama said. “You think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer?” said Obama to laughter. “Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? How about you? You’ve got one?”
To be honest, it’s unclear if Obama owns an iPad 2 or the original, but Obama and his staff’s affinity for Apple products is nothing new. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama staffers were often seen toting around Apple notebooks. Not only that, but upon moving into the White House, Obama’s media team, accustomed to using Macs, were frustrated when they encountered antiquated machines running outdated versions of Windows.
In the interest of fairness, Obama isn’t exactly a gung-ho Apple fan in all respects. The commander in chief is still quite beholden to his BlackBerry. During today’s town hall meeting, Obama explained: “I took my BlackBerry off for this show, because I didn’t want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing. But usually I carry a BlackBerry around.”
Bringing it back to all things Apple, Obama by all accounts appears to have a great deal of respect for Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In late 2010, Obama met with Jobs to discuss issues pertinent to education reforms, energy concerns, and economics. More recently, Jobs joined Obama and a number of other tech bigwigs in mid-February to discuss technological innovation.