Obama Gets Jeers for iPhone, iPad Comments

Oh, that fickle public.

Just like his approval ratings have taken a hit since Election Day, Barack Obama is no longer seen as the technophile president by some groups after comments he made over the weekend regarding the iPhone and the iPad.

Speaking to Hampton University seniors during their commencement, Obama said, “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations … information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”

The president admitted that he didn’t know how to work most of the technology to which he was referring. But remember, this is a man who was once hailed as the country’s first “geek-in-chief” based on his BlackBerry addiction. Remember, too, that the White House is an active participant in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Now, in the blogosphere about which he issued his warning, President Obama is being called everything from a “hater” to someone who’s drunk too much of the “information overload Kool-Aid.”

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