...Presidential Technology Showcase...
U.S. President Barack Obama
Rockin' a 3G iPad II in San Francisco
President Barack Obama is pictured below on a recent trip to San Francisco. In this official White House photo taken by Pete Souza, President Obama is looking at the Golden Gate Bridge on April 20, 2011, from Chrissy Field, which is located in the San Francisco Presidio.
If you look closely, you notice President Obama is holding his 3G iPad II in his hand, which is really cool. It is great to finally have a President who "gets" technology ;-) In the future, I plan to write a detailed review of the technology that surrounds the President. Since I was born and raised, and still live in San Francisco, it is really cool to see this great photo, which has a tremendous amount of positive symbolism in it.
In my mind, this image of President Obama standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with an iPad will always be ultra iconic and profoundly symbolic of the fact that we are now definatley living in the digital age–finally!!!
So why am I so excited "that we are now definitely living in the digital age?" Because humanity has been trying to harness the power of computers for way too long. We have struggled with computers and technology that were full of unnecessary friction. The iPad, in my mind, symbolizes the future of learning. Remember when you were a kid and you had to carry a backpack that weighed almost as much as you because it was full of old heavy books? The iPad should finally do away with all that, and herald in a new age of friction-free learning.
These are truly amazing days we are living in!!!
Think Different In the 21st Century
Declaration Of Independence for the Digital Age
When I look at the image of President Obama standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with the 3G iPad in his hand, I could not help but think back to the now-retro Apple Think Different Posters from the late nineties, and since it is Independence Day, I thought I would make a color and black and white version to share with you ;-)
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them. But the one thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." –Apple
Update on October 3, 2011: Here is a video of President Obama and he mentioned Steve Jobs gave him his iPad 2 before it even came out.