Obama predicted the iPhone's triumph after meeting Steve Jobs in 2007: 'this thing is going to be really big'

Obama predicted the iPhone's triumph after meeting Steve Jobs in 2007: 'this thing is going to be really big'
Way back when President Obama was still a Senator from Illinois, he was apparently presented with an original iPhone unit during a private meeting with Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs. The encounter happened in 2007, when Barack Obama was already a presidential hopeful, and a rising star in the Democratic Party, after the famous fiery 2004 speech he gave at its national convention.

He apparently played around with what Steve Jobs presented to him, and after the meeting quipped to his staff "If it were legal, I would buy a boatload of Apple stock. This thing is going to be really big." It's not hard to fathom why Obama was so amazed by the first iPhone, as his BlackBerry attachment has been widely publicized, and an all-touch phone with huge for the times display must have left a lasting impression on the up-and-coming senator.

This comment is an excerpt straight from David Axelrod's upcoming biography "Believer: My 40 Years in Politics." A long time Obama confidante and campaign manager, Mr Axelrod shares many inside stories from the times when the country's economy and financial system were crumbling all around in 2008, but also stretches to the second reelection, so the book should be an interesting read when it lands, be it only for the iPhone forecast episode.

source: NYDaily



1. android_hitman unregistered

can't stop laughing, but yea it's true... apple found the MIDAS with the iPhone.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahah he looks high in this picture lol i think hes on the highthere app

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

no offence but i dont think a senator of his age and background would even know the difference back then with all the os on phones back then, know we know why he vetoed the apple ban on the iphone 3g,3gs,4 and 4s because he is in apples pocket and was in with sj and tc. bad politicians again will this country ever learn.

35. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

American Senator supporting and giving positive feedback to american product. Seems kinda standard really of course he is going to do that. As for the veto, well don't know if he's in their pocket or it is just another case of american product being supported by american leaders or judges (say what you want about the whole trial thing, american product vs foreign product in american court, just seems like a bad idea)

28. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I seem to remember this story about how Obama could not figure out how to use an iPhonehttp://macdailynews.com/2012/09/10/obama-has-trouble-with-apple-iphone/

34. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

2. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Doesn't need to be soothsayer. It was an evidence.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love the Prez. Cool dude!

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

At least he doesn't have asberger like Mr. Putin XD

12. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

First of all its called aspergers, second of all putin doesn't have aspergers and hes the best president in the world so stop talking about him

13. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

namo namo namo namo

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well if you want to play this grammar nazzi game, it's spelled he's not hes :)))

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Got em lol. +1

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

dj i thought you would be a better person then to make fun of others

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro, if you're gonna check someone, have your stuff together. He checked, and got checked.

17. mr_gripper

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

He's focused his country's economy on production of a volatile fossil fuel that's just lost half it's market value, he's best friends with some of the world's worst criminals and now he's managed to drive the country into almost total political isolation. I'd say "best" is a little optimistic.

26. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

His friends are worst criminals? What are you smoking dude? And there will be no political isolation for Russia because it's one of the most mightiest countries and nobody can ignore it.

32. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

F.k them both. Elon Musk for president. Also f.k Edison, Tesla FTW

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

i have a form of aspergers some of the greatest things made came from people like me with dyslexia and asperger's our minds work twice as fast and lock on to something until it's found or done. einstein was dyslexic and many other greats in the history of the world. we are the smart ones that can't understand how people can't look at something and just fix it.

29. domfonusr

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Very true. Many of the world's brightest minds experience a trade-off in the mental health department. Nikola Tesla suffered from OCD at the least, and look at how much he contributed to the science. John Nash suffered from schizophrenia (and so do I), and he won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his brilliant mathematical work. Einstein was indeed dyslexic, and he gave us the "Miracle Year" of physics (1905) with his five infamous papers, and later gave us General Relativity which is the currently accepted theory of gravitation, and is foundational to all string theories. It seems to me that when we suffer from mental health problems, we often get something in return... like mental super-powers in different areas that make us really unique. If we can live with, and overcome, our mental health challenges, and put our minds to work, we can do amazing things for humanity. Now, to the topic-at-hand... I'm not surprised that then-Senator Obama would have been wowed by the OG iPhone. It really did change everything, no matter whether we like it or not.

36. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013


37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Dat ass ^_^

4. Jones2

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

I'm guessing we'll find this book in the Fiction section?

5. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No wonder he stopped the sales ban

6. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Its the brand of the devil, what did you expect.

9. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Down vote.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There is no devil, stop believing in such nonsense.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

just like no god, End all religion please people get your heads out of your ass and do something for the people of the world or the planet

24. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

what did you do lol? what did religion do? its only people with good mind and better heart that does so.

7. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

no s**t! why do you think apple would spend millions inventing and mass producing the thing? for fun?

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