Even the Pres despises the iPad
President Obama fakes old fart syndrome with iPod hate
President Obama gave the commencement speech at Hampton University, but instead of his wicked humor making waves, it's his slam of technology including the iPod, iPad, Xbox and Playstation. And not just in class — in life.
Apparently too much information can be a bad thing, and we can't expect folks to effectively sort through the muck without a good education.
"And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said. "So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."
From a journalist's standpoint, the idea of information (so long as it's accurate) as a distraction is of concern. But my real question is this: Why the veneer of being so out-of-touch?
Obama says he's got no idea how to operate an iPod? I've gotta call some bullshit on that, Brobama — remember when you admitted you had some Jay-Z on your iPod after famously brushing your shoulders off during a speech you gave after your debate with Hillary Clinton? I do — it was the ish. No need to pretend you're not clued in.
And does anyone else find this rather ironic coming from the first president to (also famously) demand that he get to keep his Blackberry while in office?
Guess we're supposed to put away the Halo's, the iPad apps and the Madden.
But Brick Breaker's just fine.
Watch Obama brush his shoulders off below. I'll venture to say he didn't learn this move in class: