President Barack Obama spoke to both sides of the aisle during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, and the subject of Apple came up. The quintessentially American corporation has a number of reasons for the president to single it out to Congress and the world-wide television audience. Whether you love or hate Apple, it still is an American company competing against a pair of Korean giants (Samsung and LG), a trio of Chinese upstarts (ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo), a company in Taiwan (HTC), Japan (Sony) and Finland (Nokia). Now when you're talking about platforms, it is a different story as Apple's iOS goes toe to toe with Google's Android. But we digress.
Apple CEO Tim Cook at the address
What has the president talking about Apple is the latter's decision to move some of its Mac production to the United States from overseas. And by the way, guess who is in the audience watching President Obama? Why it's none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook who managed to wrangle up a cheap seat from Bob Uecker was invited by the First Lady to see the State of the Union live. Maybe she was angling for a free Apple iPad.
The president has changed a lot since his first State of the Union when he had fewer grey hairs and was a BlackBerry man. Now, we're unsure which platform the president favors although he has been seen with an Apple iPad. Speaking of Apple, check out the 13 second video below which shows the president's comment about the iPhone manufacturer.
Im not sure what they have personally done to you? But they havent hurt me or my loved ones so I have so reason to hate them. I mean sure they've made so dumb decision but in a world where there is so much hate. I cant justify hate a company that patens everything and sues other multibillion dollar companies. Your reasons for hating are ignorant. Your reasons of hating a company that has done no harm to you just makes me think how fragile and weak your tolerance is for this world we live.
I think its a really selfish talk to a president to buy from American company no other companies from all over the world if they are better then that apphell.
Mr. President forgot; Google is also an American company who owns about half profits of all smartphones and tablets devices because of King Android.
There is no place for apphell and their iSh*t devices anymore. everyone can create anything what they want, this is us to choose witch one is the best. Now we prefer to use Android devices from that iSh*t things.
Ill criticize Obama all day long. His support is sharply falling friend. He's spent 6 trillion dollars in 4 years to "reboot" the economy only for us to be back im a Recession, and our unemployment is still at the same level it was 4 years ago. Meanwhile the average U.S. household earns $2,000 less than it did 4 years ago and expenses on the rise. All the means when while my taxes went up (and im considered lower class), and he approved a pay raise for congress.. So don't tell me not to criticize the worst President we've had in my 26 years of life.
@darkkjedii Obama spent 6 trillion to "dog us out" and yet we're no better off. Buddy... I don't know how you can possibly think he's digging us out with those kinds of results with the money spent. You can't even fathom what 6 trillion dollars can do...
$4 trillion of the $6.2 trillion is residual from things that weren't paid for before 2008. The Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Medicare Prescription Bill, were all bills passed in 2009 that were unfunded and passed through supplemental budgets and continues after 2009.
21.BREvenson(Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I really hate to get political on a tech site, but your widely ignorant and one-sided argument has me baffled. You are aware that Congress can not (and with the Republicans, will not) agree on many issues that could have been addressed and solved with the President's ideas? Healthcare reform, ending the Bush tax cuts, budget overhauls...all shot down in Congress because they don't fit the Republican agenda.
The GOP has made it their mission to stifle Obama's impact on the country, since he's not THEIR President. He is America's President, like it or not. And as for support, I'd say he still has plenty of it. He did get re-elected, after all.
That's all I really have to say. I expect thumbs down and/or a rebuttal, but if you can criticize Obama all day long, I'll support Obama all day long.
Do you already forget that Obama too pushed to extend the Bush era tax cuts?
As for congress do you not realize the Democrats control the Senate? Obamacare which is widely unpopular will take affect next January. I can't afford Obamacare and yet if I don't buy into it, ill be fined! How ridiculous.
As for popularity that can go both ways. Bush afterall got re-elected friend.
The cost of you will have have to pay for healthcare is is off-set by a tax credit for individuals and small businesses under 50 employees. There, now you can afford it. Or, you can just go to the emergency room and make the rest of us pay for it.
33.mozes316(Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Finally someone who gets it... Obama is after the same thing Bush was after... Republicans and Democrats play as if they can't stand eachother. Truth is they have one agenda and get along just fine. (not all politicians but maybe 93%)
Regardless who got into office back in '08. The same outcome would have came.
Apple sucks and lacks any innovation but the fact that they're american makes me root for them a tiny bit. I still prefer Microsoft and Google though. The sooner Motorola (the only real american phone manufacturer) makes the next nexus the happier I will be. I support American companies first and then maybe Europe as well. So I wish Nokia well too.
The speechwriters.are out of touch on this. Bad idea to give praise.to a company that pays no taxes, is having a TOKEN amount of computers "made" here, and still gladly supports and enforced borderline-slave labor to make its junk, while raping the earth in an overly aggressive way to get the materials to make the same.
Motorola/Google: the only major American mobile device company worth our support. (American = USA, otherwise we could add BlackBerry to that list). Heck, other companies even have factories in Mexico to avoid the Chinese problems.
I like how everyone thinks the economies solutions are so simple there is no clear answer. There is no black or white just alot of grey. If everything was so simple id be a billionaire living in a flying house drinkjng a beer on a lawn chair. Yet because there is no way for everyone to all go with one decision we have this he said she said ongoing argument. I doubt none of you guys could last as a president and the stress and crap they go through. Every president has his haters and they all seem to sit behind a computer and b***h about it rather than do something.