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President Obama says that he can't own an Apple iPhone "for security reasons"

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President Obama says that he can't own an Apple iPhone
When President Barack Obama first became President of the U.S., he was always seen with a BlackBerry in his hand. And even though he lobbied for a cooler phone in the Oval Office, the President received a BlackBerry 8830 World Edition with a special app installed called SecureVoice. Ironically, the app gave the Commander-in-Chief access to top secret info from the NSA. The president did say that his daughters are both iPhone users.

On Wednesday, the president was talking with youngsters at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act. During his talk, the president noted that he is not allowed to own an Apple iPhone "for security reasons". The president does have an Apple iPad 2 which was given to him by none other than the late Steve Jobs during a Silicon Valley dinner back in 2011. Obama says that only 10 people have his personal email address. The two presidents prior to Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton, did not use personal email.

While the iPhone does have clearance for Department of Defense employees and some government agencies, this clearance is well below what a presidential phone needs. A BlackBerry model from 2007 is the only handset owned by the president that has been certified to be used by him.

source: Reuters

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:06 28

1. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Obama with no iPhone? Apple just became uncool.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:10

2. Sauce (unregistered)


Why did you change your original comment lol?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:14 15

4. Derekjeter (Posts: 1013; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Obama was always uncool.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:16 7

5. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Didn't feel like causing a fight with anyone.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:18 16

7. Manti (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


In your feeble little mind.

He sure was damned 'cool' enough to have been resoundingly elected President of the United States... TWICE!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:29 7

11. Derekjeter (Posts: 1013; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


You really think he has done any good. I didn't vote for him but i didn't vote for Romney either. I knew he was going to win. But at least Romney had better plans to reduce debt and help small business and get rid of the UNIONS here in California. I don't want to start a fight but lets be honest the cool thing about this guy is his skin color. If he was white he would have lost.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:38 1

14. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Watch out, darkkjedi will kill you when he hears about this. ;)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:14

21. Derekjeter (Posts: 1013; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


LOL!!! Why i didn't say anything that we didn't know already. Besides if people see this as a racist comment then those are the people who think that Obama is cool and has actually helped the country.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:18 14

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The only logical choice is a Lumia.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:39 13

23. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Yes, NSA built in.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:43 3

24. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Hahahahahahaha.... Man, that level of fanboyism !!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:48 3

25. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


iPhones and Androids are too popular, so some hacker might steal Obamas data. And he doesn't want to get Microd*cked so only choice is BB, which is very basic but secure.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:53

26. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


When Samsungs first iPhone ad came out, neverending war started, and it escalated pretty damn quickly.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:05

28. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


lol that ok abama I dont use iphone either nir will i use bacl berry usless it pops out a quad core before feburary of next year but good thing for bb are the app usually can be ported over.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:12 2

29. DWillyEfect (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


He is the product of black nationalism and white guilt.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:31

30. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


No more iPhone for the US miltary now either. They have just shelfed all their iPhones, iPads, and androids and now handing out BB 9930's until they test out another MDM software to see if that works out after just rejecting Good Technology .

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:02

32. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Black nationalism? How about the Hispanic and female vote.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:07 5

33. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


He cant do anything when congress blocks and has blocked everything he tries to do. California unions? Dont worry Texas alone has gotten 300,000 plus of your residents/evacuees so you wont have unions at that rate.
Romney had better plans. Sounded like the same old stuff gett rid of everything so business can keep on bending us over with no lube. If people have no jobs they dont spend business gets no money. Guess thats to obvious to be understood.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:30 2

34. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


those evil businesses are the ones who provide the jobs dont forget...

why dont we have all of big business shut down and we will see how well that turns out

there are plenty of jobs... just there are not enough people qualified to take them, and on the other end of the spectrum there are plenty of jobs but people think they are entitled to sit on their couch and get the obamaphones and handouts in the mail

romney, obama, whoever, punishing business is not the answer

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:29 1

35. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


not BB..
Windows Phone buddy..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:34 1

37. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


And maybe Jolla phone?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:04 4

40. taikucing (unregistered)


Sorry M$ salesboy, blackberry is the choice for security. You fail. Go home.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:43 2

41. utg001 (unregistered)


Not right now, in future definitely. I think MS might make him a custom model if this news picks up some fire.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:52 3

42. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


fanboy level over 9000000

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:58

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 22955; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said, let the haters hate. +1 he's a damn good Prez.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:02 1

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 22955; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I don't see it as racist, I see as not everyone like every Prez. Woodshop is trying to make it racial, by calling out me as the "token black" South Park pun not intended, to rush to defend the black Prez. Personally I like Obama, I think he's doing as good a job as possible. He cannot satisfy everyone...nice try woodshop to start trouble, but you failed. Go to your room, and play with your life...I mean your phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:58

46. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


rimshot*

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:38 1

49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That's right❕.. Love WP.. What do you like❔

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:39 1

50. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Naw,, he probably needs something more future proof.................

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:39

51. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Then what do you suggest❔

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