President Bush, candidate Kerry both use Apple PowerBooks

In Time Magazine’s July 19 issue, on page 31, John Kerry is seen using an Apple PowerBook (15″ TiBook, it looks like). The photo, taken by Diana Walker, is captioned “From his study in the family’s Pittsburgh, PA, home, Kerry phones Edwards to officially invite the North Carolina Senator to be his running mate.” This comes on the heels of the report, “Vice President Dick Cheney a confirmed Apple iPod user” and, of course we all know that, at least back in 1998 when the photo of Bush was snapped, President Bush uses a PowerBook, too. That just leaves V.P. candidate John Edwards’ choice of platform in question.

MacDailyNews Take: You’d think that with Apple CEO Steve Jobs advising John Kerry and with Al Gore on Apple’s Board of Directors, Steve could figure out a way to get Kerry a new 17″ PowerBook – at least for photo ops.

Update: Updated PowerBook model speculation as per Seahawk’s post below.

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190 Comments

  1. Give me a break, Bush had nothing to do with the M$ anti-trust case being killed. Since when has the executive branch had any control over the judicial branch anyway? The judicial branch does whatever the hell it feels like because they answer to no one including the voters. Everybody knows that.

  2. Just because some staffer put an old pismo behind Bush for a publicity shot of him “working” doesn’t mean he’s a Mac user. Notice that NOTHING is active on the screen? Really using it there, sport.

    No, Dubya doesn’t use any computer at all. That’s the reality.

  3. Obviously Mac users are everywhere and fall on both sides of the political spectrum. Much to the chagrin of some (including Steve Jobs apparently as well) it isn’t just liberals that own and use Macs and iPods despite what some people may think or wish.

  4. “Give me a break, Bush had nothing to do with the M$ anti-trust case being killed. Since when has the executive branch had any control over the judicial branch anyway? The judicial branch does whatever the hell it feels like because they answer to no one including the voters. Everybody knows that.” -RL

    The Judicial Branch? The Attorney General (who is in charge of proscuting such cases) is appointed by the President. Please head back to Federal Government 101 – or just do a Google search. Geez.

  5. Oh, so you can see what’s “active” on the screen of Kerry’s PB there in that photo huh A-Bomb? What a weak excuse of a post just to bash on Bush. Give it a rest dude…

  6. Gotta love MDN. At least they show both sides of the Mac political issue and aren’t afraid to post it on this site. If you were to look at Apple as a company you’d think only Democrats ever used Macs. Having Al Gore on the Board, posting Jimmy Carter on the front page of their website and in their Think Different campaign, not allowing anyone with a conservative philosophy to ever advertise for them (but allowing someone like Howard Stern to though), etc., etc. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s not just liberals and Democrats that use Macs. At least MDN recognizes that, too bad Apple won’t.

  7. I’ve seen more recent photos of Bush using one of the newer PowerBooks. As noted by someone else above, this was an old photo, so it seems he’s been using it a while and insisted the WH IT folks deal with it.
    Guys, how about giving the politics a rest and taking satisfaction that BOTH major party candidates use Macs!
    Real Mac fans should be thrilled.

  8. Lance,

    At least Kerry is facing the frickin’ laptop. The Bush photo is so obiously a set-up that it’s ridiculous. And as to Mac User‘s suggestion that there are photos of Dubya using a newer PowerBook, how about producing them.

    Dubya is a chimp.. er, I mean chump. Sorry that the truth hurts.

  9. Oh so he’s a “chimp” huh? That’s a REAL intelligent statement you made there. Glad to see that’s all you can come up with. We wouldn’t want you to have to think too hard or anything…

  10. A couple of posters suggested that Bush was using a Pismo PowerBook in the photo. However, the Pismo PowerBook has a white Apple at the top of the screen, whereas Bush’s PowerBook has a multi-colored Apple at the bottom. In addition, the hinge in the photo is different than the Pismo’s. That looks like a “Wall Street” to me.

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