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President Lightbringer can’t figure out a smart phone, blames citizen

Written By: Bob - Sep• 10•12

NOT THE TECH PRESIDENT: Obama befuddled by an iPhone, but hey, he still rocks his Blackberry.

Why do people still assume that Obama is smarter than Joe Biden?

On the campaign trail, President Obama is constantly talking about the importance of technology, but he met his match in an iPhone Sunday.
The president had stopped at a campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to thank volunteers. Then, for the cameras, Mr. Obama was supposed to call two campaign workers who were out working on his behalf.
But when White House trip director Marvin Nicholson handed the president his personal iPhone, Mr. Obama couldn’t get it to work. A reporter who witnessed the scene said the president looked “befuddled.”
“It’s not clear he knows how to dial on an iPhone,” the reporter wrote in a pool report.
Finally, Mr. Obama said, “Oh, I got to dial it in. Hold on, hold on. I can do this. See, I still have a BlackBerry.”
The president then “had a little more trouble dialing,” the pool report said.

Of course, like every other aspect of his Presidency, his failure to complete the most basic of tasks is someone else’s fault.

The president then has more trouble dialing. When the call didn’t go through, he blamed Mr. Nicholson for having an insufficient cell phone plan.

What a putz.

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  1. Dave says:

    Um, thats not an iphone in the photo.

  2. NotClauswitz says:

    I thought Apple products were super-fantastic user-friendly? ;-)

  3. Neo says:

    Didn’t George W Bush invent the iPhone or something ??

  4. Motor-T says:

    He should have used his Obama Phone!

  5. ankle says:

    I’m not convinced by this one. I’d like to see the source describe Obama’s blame in a bit more detail, for an accusation like that. There’s a difference between, say, chewing out a volunteer for his lousy phone plan, and making a joke pretending to cast blame on the plan; the source’s statement covers both cases equally nebulously, and frankly, the latter seems much more likely to me. For my part, I run computers all day and am generally quite technologically capable. But I’ve also never owned an iPhone, and probably used one for a total of 10 minutes. So I couldn’t tell you immediately how to get through the interface to dial, and if it took a bit to figure out, in front of a bunch of reporters and cameras, I’d probably be called “stupider than Biden” too.