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White House photo shows Obama uses iPad 2 at work

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2011

Administration leverages social media services

A photograph posted by the White House on its Flickr account shows President Barack Obama working in the Oval Office, with an iPad 2 (complete with gray Smart Cover) by his side. The photo was taken on the same day that the president announced to the nation that terrorist Osama Bin Laden had been killed during a firefight, and showcases the 2010 makeover of the Oval Office, which was privately funded to give a more comfortable, modern look to the historic room.

President Obama personally uses a range of technological devices, and had previously acknowledged that he had an iPad (though he continues to prefer a Blackberry for his smartphone), as well as a MacBook Pro and various other iOS devices. It's also known that his children have their own MacBooks. Obama once famously gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod pre-loaded with Broadway songs and video footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. as a gift.

Recent U.S. presidents and their administrations have had to become more technologically adept as portable computing devices and social network services have risen to dominate the technology landscape. While the Obama administration has leveraged social services like Flickr, Twitter and Facebook to great effect, they build on the efforts of previous administrations to incorporate technology into the tradition-bound practices of the White House and executive branch.

The picture below has been cropped to show the presence of the iPad 2 more clearly.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Presidential addresses by

    facetime? ;)

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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: May 2011


    At work

    At work, but not TO work, because iPad is a toy.

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  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait a second

    I thought he gave the queen an iPod loaded with him reciting a number of his own speeches, not Broadway music. I know he gave someone from England that as a gift. Perhaps Gordon Brown?

    I also recall the recipient not being to enthused, causing a chilling of relations.

    -- Len

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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: May 2011


    iOS tracking

    The tracking devices in the iPad are a threat to national security. Some creep at Apple or a hacker can follow the President's every move.

    They need to deactivate all the iOS tracking devices before putting these toys (sold at Toys R Us) in the President's hands.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The President chose an Apple "toy" over

    Microsoft Windows craptablets and netbooks. Not surprising. Microsoft Windows is on it's way down in popularity. iOS is on the way up. In with the new school and out with the old c***.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The smart, the not-so-much...

    Nothing unites us all quite like hearing from fools such as Clarence. Heck, he probably thinks XP is the only true workstation.

  1. ekehler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another photo of Obama using his iPad

    Also see photo P040411PS-0478:

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clarence/Wrenchy's Just Mad Because ...

    ... he knows that anyone with a brain can get more work done with a Speak & Spell than with an Android or a Windows-driven device or a Windows Phlop 7. Just look at how long it took him to figure out how to remove "Sent from my Android device" from his "signature" when posting here to disguise his long-exposed identity.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It may or may not be a toy..

    .. but Clarence is definitely a tool.

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