“Not long after Barack Obama entered the presidential race last February, there appeared on YouTube a parody of the famed 1984 Macintosh ad in which Hillary Clinton was portrayed as Big Brother. It all seemed a bit heavy handed at the time but in the months since the Apple analogy has grown stronger and not weaker,” Matt Cooper writes for Portfolio.com.
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Apple stock more than doubed last year as the company became the sine qua non of hip and cool. Itss white-background TV ads gently mocked the PC-and-Microsoft world rather than treating it as a totalitarian ruler. Isn’t that the same cool-and-confident tone that Obama had shown in recent months? He derides the Clinton campaign–where my spouse is a senior adviser–and belittles it gently but devastatingly. I had enough confidence in Apple last year to buy some stock when it was at $75 but as it approached $100 I dumped it fearing that it couldn’t rise any higher. Oops. It went on to $200,” Cooper writes.
“If I misjudged the Apple rise to astonishing heights, the entire political world misjudged Obama,” Cooper writes.
“Hillary Clinton is Dell. The Austin-based computer maker was hottest thing in the 90s, like the Clintons. Since then it’s fallen on harder times, although it’s hardly gone the way of Atari or Commodore or other computer relics. It’s still a strong brand with a thriving following. But it’s not Apple,” Cooper writes.
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