All Chair and No Tech Savvy — Mr Cool Did Not Know How to Use an iPhone

Russ Steele

Tech Challenge had the details:

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.

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.

Tech challenge – Washington Times

All chair and no tech savvy,  Mr Cool’s image is turning into a mirage!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to All Chair and No Tech Savvy — Mr Cool Did Not Know How to Use an iPhone

  1. Dena says:

    The truth be told, I would need to play with an Iphone before I could make it work as I still carry a dumb cell phone. I haven’t upgraded to a smart phone because the cost of the data plans and the fact i need more computer power than what a smart phone can provide. Many of the applications such as software development tools just don’t run on a smart phone.
    Currently I am only out of WIFI range about 2 week out of the year and I can live without the internet so even tethering which I can do with my dumb phone makes little sense. Smart phones are very useful for may people but they don’t currently work for me.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I notice our Sock Puppet in Chief found something to blame. Irresponsibility in a President, tragic.

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