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Steve Jobs gave pre-release iPad 2 to President Obama
AppleInsider ^ | October 3, 2011 | Josh Ong

Posted on 10/04/2011 6:49:17 AM PDT by bkopto

U.S. President Barack Obama revealed recently that one of the perks of his job includes having received an advance copy of Apple's iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs himself.

Obama revealed the fact in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulous (via NetworkWorld).

“Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early," he said. "Yeah, it was cool. I got it directly from him.”

Jobs may have had an opportunity to present Obama, a self-professed fan of Research in Motion's BlackBerry phones, with the device at a dinner in San Francisco in February, just two weeks before the unveiling of the iPad 2 in early March.

The dinner included several other prominent Silicon Valley executives, such as Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Oracle's Larry Ellison. A photo of the gathering shows that Jobs was seated to the president's left.

In late March, Obama revealed in an interview that he owned an iPad and had tethered it to his BlackBerry smartphone.

(Excerpt) Read more at appleinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: apple; obama; stevejobs
As much as Steve Jobs was a computer visionary, he's entitled to a white cane and a seeing eye dog when it comes to politics.
1 posted on 10/04/2011 6:49:23 AM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto
That's why I am buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab
2 posted on 10/04/2011 6:52:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (I would vote for Pawnstar Chumlee, before I would vote for 0bama)
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To: bkopto

I bet the only thing Obummer uses the IPad for is downloading gay porn and checking basketball scores. He is genuinely Americas stupidest President.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 6:59:58 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bkopto

So? I’d imagine every company comps the president...


4 posted on 10/04/2011 7:00:17 AM PDT by xenob
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To: Lazlo in PA

“We” allowed him to continue to use his Blackberry although it was a security risk, as he needs instant communications with his handlers.

Unless Steve Jobs is suddenly in command and control of the Fraud, or Hussein’s handlers deemed it necessary for him to have an ipad, this is simply a promotion campaign for Hussein’s worshippers.


5 posted on 10/04/2011 7:03:59 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: bkopto

You mean the president got a cool toy a little before it was released?! Amazing! He truly is a visionary leader for our country! 4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS!


6 posted on 10/04/2011 7:05:31 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: xenob

As an aside, gifts to the president belong to the citizens of this county, not to the particular president.


7 posted on 10/04/2011 7:14:22 AM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: bkopto
Soliciting comps and enjoying the perks of his "job".

What a legacy. /s

8 posted on 10/04/2011 7:17:10 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: bkopto

Obama probably thought Jobs gave him a portable teleprompter.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 7:18:08 AM PDT by Todd_Gray
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To: Todd_Gray
Obama probably thought Jobs gave him a portable teleprompter.

He may use it for that.

10 posted on 10/04/2011 7:22:42 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Duhhhh...there is a great teleprompter app for the iPad. Seriously.


11 posted on 10/04/2011 7:25:22 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: bkopto
I work in the pharmaceutical industry...our sales' folks can't so much as leave a pack of Post-It notes with a doctor's office without a lot of reporting paperwork. Any "comps" given have to be entirely related to a product, and cannot be outside usual and customary guidelines.

Why is it the President (and Congress people) can accept these kinds of gifts without question?

12 posted on 10/04/2011 7:30:09 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Lou L

I think there is a value threshold - 50 bucks IIRC..


13 posted on 10/04/2011 7:46:18 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: bkopto

Too bad he will have to buy his own in Jan 2013.


14 posted on 10/04/2011 7:46:57 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: bkopto

This would only be a problem if Obozo had the Commerce Department award $750 million to Apple to build a new factory.

Apple, like most tech companies, has been very late to the game of politics. Is it any coincidence that the sector thrives and is awash in innovation, has declining prices and is still growing and hiring rapidly?

No government interference or “help” is the recipe for success.


15 posted on 10/04/2011 7:47:15 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: bkopto

I will stay with a Tracfone for the next year at the very least.
I checked into what it costs per month to support one of these new smartphones.

I would rather have the extra funds to pay my bills as winter is coming and I am being laid off until spring.

Of course many don’t care if their teeth fall out, the kids have no milk, the car runs out of gas, only that they have a smartphone.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 7:54:08 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Sarah Palin and John Bolton--- 2012)
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To: bkopto

“Obama, a self-professed fan of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry phones”

Sounds like a smart move on Jobs’ part: regardless of the recipient’s politics, he’s vastly influential and fond of competing products - so give him an advanced copy of your product in hopes of displacing that fondness.

Notice that RIM isn’t doing so well, but Apple is. Leverage opportunities!


17 posted on 10/04/2011 7:57:57 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Perdogg
"That's why I am buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Just got one last week.. Awesome device. I haven't gone looking for a rss feed reader yet, but need to find one so I can keep up with FR! Wish we had a FR app...

18 posted on 10/04/2011 8:01:22 AM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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To: Perdogg

>That’s why I am buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab<

The Tab’ is part of Google’s Android family. You know...the same Google who hates Republicans, which employs Eric Schmidt, who is also on Obdumbo’s regime.


19 posted on 10/04/2011 8:09:23 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: bkopto
As much as Steve Jobs was a computer visionary, he's entitled to a white cane and a seeing eye dog when it comes to politics.

I don't get why Steve Jobs would like obama's policies. I know some democrats, and I can't reason with them either.

20 posted on 10/04/2011 8:56:03 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: xenob

When big government picks winners and losers in the economy and it’s pay to play in government-business relations, comps are the rule, not the exception. The market should determine winners and losers in business, not government.

If Apple stuff wasn’t so cool and cutting edge, I’d never buy it. Do I want to live with a cool phone that as apps for everything or use another, less capable phone, politics can make us tough consumer choices.


21 posted on 10/04/2011 9:21:19 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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