White House staff, some congress members, other Washington insiders get Apple iPads

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“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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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Islandgirl” for the heads up.]

24 Comments

  1. So, was the price similar to the $10,000 hammer or did they have to stand in line like the rest of us?

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  2. “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

    I suspect we won’t have to worry about the trend spreading to the Office of National Delusions

  3. “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

    That was such a stupid statement. The kids in the audience, you could see it on their face, “What kind of crap is this guy talking about?”

    Now you can eat your words, Mr. President, and let people know what a great tool of empowerment a product like the iPad actually is.

  4. My household:
    iMac G5
    iMac (intel)
    MacBook Air
    MacBook Pro 3 iPods
    iPod touch
    4 iPhones
    2 Apple TVs
    TimeCapsule
    AirPort Express

    Just purchased an iPad 3G 64GB. Now I’m certainly an Apple fan but I can’t figure out what in the hell to do with this iPad. Seems a bit redundant to me.

  5. very well said my friend.

    Your house is very similar to mine with all those Apple products floating around. Damn kids took my iPad. I barely can use it when I get home from work. I can attest that in the next year, Washington 80% of them will be using the iPad. I was there last week, holy shit everyone at the office had one. craziness.

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