“The folks who gather early every morning in the West Wing office of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have something new in common these days. Practically everyone has an iPad — or will have one very soon,” Michael D. Shear reports for The Washington Post.
“Emanuel just got his, as did senior adviser David Axelrod and deputy press secretary Bill Burton. Both communications director Dan Pfeiffer and press wrangler Ben Finkenbinder have one on order. Economic adviser Larry Summers takes his to staff meetings,” Shear reports. “The device is the hot, new White House toy, a gizmo that is popping up around Washington but seems to be particularly in vogue at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”
“‘Not sure that trend has hit the Hill yet,” said Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a lawmaker known as a techie,” Shear reports. “In fact, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has one, though his aide says he is ‘fiscally conservative’ when it comes to buying apps. Asked what’s on his iPad, Flake e-mailed: “Hmmm. I have a ‘notepad’ app that I checked the other day. It said ‘Dad, buy more apps!!!’ It was from Dallin, my ten year old.'”
Shear reports, “Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has an iPad, as do some lobbyists, consultants and heads of associations in Washington… And veteran Republican consultant Russ Schreifer — an early iPhone adopter — says his iPad is the ‘fully souped-up, 64-gig, 3G version. Why not? Right.'”
“Schreifer has the Epicurious app for cooking and the interactive Elmo book for his 2-year-old daughter. He has two books: ‘The War Lovers,’ by Evan Thomas, and ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ by Seth Grahame-Smith. There are also a few episodes of the just-finished ’24’ television series, transferred from his iPhone to take advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen,” Shear reports. “But Schreifer says the device is not all for play. He says he’s already approved rough cuts of campaign commercials and raw footage for ads on the iPad. ‘Love it,’ he said. ‘Love it.'”
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