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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.



Obama has indicated that he holds Jobs in high regard. Last December, the president praised him as an exemplary model of the "American dream."



"We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that's a good thing. We want that incentive. That's part of the free market."

The two also met last year to discuss issues regarding technology, the economy and education in U.S.

President Obama shown with an iPad 2. Photo via The White House.

After leading what some have called the greatest corporate turnaround in the history of the U.S., Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO in August, saying that the day had come when he could no longer meet the "duties and expectations" of the role. He remains with the company as Chairman of the Board, director, and employee.

Jobs has battled several significant health complications, including pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant, in recent years. Prior to stepping down as CEO, he had been on a medical leave of absence since January of this year.
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Note the snipers on the roof. Quite intense to live under such a blanket.
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Had it been Android tablet, it would have been killed on site - security alert.
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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.”

"Samsung actually gave it to me, a little bit early. Yeah, it was cool. I got the Droid directly from them."

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I think that it's a bad idea to give anybody highly secretive Apple products before they're launched, and that includes the POTUS. I don't believe that any public officials should be allowed to receive gifts or favors from any company, as it is highly improper, it's a conflict of interests and it verges on bribery.
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Note the snipers on the roof. Quite intense to live under such a blanket.

Took this on or about July 4th, 2010.

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I think that it's a bad idea to give anybody highly secretive Apple products before they're launched, and that includes the POTUS. I don't believe that any public officials should be allowed to receive gifts or favors from any company, as it is highly improper, it's a conflict of interests and it verges on bribery.

What are you doing up? Shouldn't you be in bed?
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What are you doing up? Shouldn't you be in bed?

If that's the best rebuttal that you can come up with, then I would suggest that it's you who belongs in bed, because your mind is obviously already asleep.
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I wish Jobs activated it first and penned a secret letter via Notes on how to be a leader. Obummer could've used the advice.
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First guy on the block to have an iPad2!!!! Oh wait..... He's the only guy living on that block... or two... or three.

I was the first guy on mine with one too. Still am.. Bunch of old farts round me.
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I wish Jobs activated it first and penned a secret letter via Notes on how to be a leader. Obummer could've used the advice.

Let's not turn it that direction.

Edit: kinda cool that the U.S. Chief Exec was pumped about getting something from just the Apple Chief Exec.
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I think that it's a bad idea to give anybody highly secretive Apple products before they're launched, and that includes the POTUS. I don't believe that any public officials should be allowed to receive gifts or favors from any company, as it is highly improper, it's a conflict of interests and it verges on bribery.

Apple has been busy making a lot of enemies lately and giving products early to the President can be construed as bribery. Some places I have worked I would have not even been allowed to accept such gifts.
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Surprised that with all that advance knowledge, Obama couldn't come up with an idea to tax it...
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Apple has been busy making a lot of enemies lately and giving products early to the President can be construed as bribery. Some places I have worked I would have not even been allowed to accept such gifts.

One of the things given to the office. It'll probably end up in the Obama Library with the:

XOXOXO

-Steve

note.
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Let's not turn it that direction.

Speaking of direction, Obama will have his choice from a litany of iPad map apps to help find his way back to Chicago on January 20, 2012.
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speaking of direction, obama will have his choice from a litany of ipad map apps to help find his way back to chicago on january 20, 2012.

hurrrrrrrr
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Note the snipers on the roof. Quite intense to live under such a blanket.

I don't mind it really.

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I wish Jobs activated it first and penned a secret letter via Notes on how to be a leader. Obummer could've used the advice.

As I said before the election, "I am ready to lead."

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Surprised that with all that advance knowledge, Obama couldn't come up with an idea to tax it...

Working on it pal.

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Speaking of direction, Obama will have his choice from a litany of iPad map apps to help find his way back to Chicago on January 20, 2012.

Don't need it. I'm stayin'!!
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I don't mind it really.



As I said before the election, "I am ready to lead."



Working on it pal.



Don't need it. I'm stayin'!!

Hey buddy!

Do they make good golf course maps and range finder apps for the iPad?

Since you took the time to stop by and all,, thought I'd let you know, I converted my millions to gold bullion and have it offshore in my jet. Ya can't tax what ya can't find.
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Mr. President!, your presence is urgently required in the situation room, we have just moved to Defcon 3!

Obama: Screw that! Don't interrupt a man playing with his iPad! I just gotta complete this Angry Birds level first!


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I wish Jobs activated it first and penned a secret letter via Notes on how to be a leader. Obummer could've used the advice.

Wait running Apple is like running a democracy? Are you sure?
Thus the phrase engineering via committee mean anything to you?
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Wait running Apple is like running a democracy? Are you sure?
Thus the phrase engineering via committee mean anything to you?

Yes. Yes.

Yes.
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Yes. Yes.

Yes.

ahh.. that explains a lot.

this may interest you. Now think about the way our government works. Is it more like Apple or Google?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/te...an-auteur.html
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What would have been really cool is if they preloaded a copy of the constitution, then maybe he'd actually read it.
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Did he get a white one with a black cover?
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ahh.. that explains a lot.

this may interest you. Now think about the way our government works. Is it more like Apple or Google?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/te...an-auteur.html

Lenin votes, "Aye!". Any nays? Didn't think so.

Edit: I'm a stockholder in Apple and the U.S.
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Did he get a white one with a black cover?

They had a white iPad 1? Damn.. they told me I could only get the silver one.
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They had a white iPad 1? Damn.. they told me I could only get the silver one.

Don't encourage it. I reported.
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Don't encourage it. I reported.

Reported what?

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They had a white iPad 1? Damn.. they told me I could only get the silver one.

If you would read- it's an iPad 2.
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Reported what?



If you would read- it's an iPad 2.

ah your right .sorry.
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Removed, not worth my time, the good news is the brainless teabaggers all comment on this topic and i can add them to the ignore list...
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Obama has indicated that he holds Jobs in high regard. Last December, the president praised him as an exemplary model......

He'd better hold Steve Jobs and Apple in high regard- can you imagine the economic figures without a healthy Apple? All the employees Apple now has are driving this economy and its products are driving China's too.

I wonder if Steve wants to pay higher taxes though?
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removed.. thanks shen.
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What would have been really cool is if they preloaded a copy of the constitution, then maybe he'd actually read it.

Well considering the fact that Obama is a constitutional lawyer, I would bet money that he knows that document inside and out...
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He'd better hold Steve Jobs and Apple in high regard- can you imagine the economic figures without a healthy Apple? All the employees Apple now has are driving this economy and its products are driving China's too.

I wonder if Steve wants to pay higher taxes though?

The funny thing is that they would hire more people here in the US if only the citizens of the US were educated and qualified for the positions they would be offering them.
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The funny thing is that they would hire more people here in the US if only the citizens of the US were educated and qualified for the positions they would be offering them.

@$4.00/hr
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Removed, not worth my time, the good news is the brainless teabaggers all comment on this topic and i can add them to the ignore list...

Please don't go there, I'm tired of political extremists... The last POTUS was no war criminal and the current one is no criminal either. I hate how much people use the POTUS as a scapegoat... he is not the only one to blame.
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The funny thing is that they would hire more people here in the US if only the citizens of the US were educated and qualified for the positions they would be offering them.

I dont know that is true. Companies choose to send most of their engineering job overseas to save on development costs. Not because they have a hard time finding capable people.

Apple is different then most other companies. They have only sent manufacturing jobs overseas.
"Designed in California, Made in China".
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@$4.00/hr

What engineer do you know that makes only $4.00 an hr

Apple does not hire people in the US to do manual labor. They hire people in the US who have brain power. Apparently, brain power is in short supply here in the US. This is why people remain out of work for extended periods of time instead of pulling themselves up by their boot straps.
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@$4.00/hr

We only have our own Walmart mentality to blame for this. There is a price for buying cheap.
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What engineer do you know that makes only $4.00 an hr

Apple does not hire people in the US to do manual labor. They hire people in the US who have brain power. Apparently, brain power is in short supply here in the US. This is why people remain out of work for extended periods of time instead of pulling themselves up by their boot straps.

Engineered in California. Says so right on the box.

Manufactured in China. Average salary in Shanghai is what? $10K a year? Reckon they are doing 40 hour weeks?

The post I replied to didn't say Engineering jobs but I reckon there are a few Engineering jobs skewing that Shanghai average.
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