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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is an iPad user.  (Source: YouTube)
The iPad knows no political party, embraced by red and blue politicians alike

As AT&T's leak of email addresses yesterday demonstrates, there are more than a few fans of the iPad on Capitol Hill.  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was among those who had their emails leaked.

However, he's not the only politician or Capitol Hill bureaucrat to go public that they're an iPad user, according to a story in 
The Washington Post.  The story says that senior adviser David Axelrod, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, communications director Dan Pfeiffer, and press wrangler Ben Finkenbinder.  Obama's Economic adviser, Larry Summers, even takes his to long staff meetings to pull up facts and figures -- and maybe play some games if the meeting gets too boring.

Summers loves the Bloomberg app, according the report, and also digs the Scrabble app.  He even downloaded his first iBook -- "The Federalist Papers".

Other staffers enjoy ABC's "Lost" episodes, the Vanity Fair magazine app, Major League Baseball app, National Public Radio's app, and a bunch of newspaper apps.

The popularity of the device has Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a long time Amazon Kindle user, considering switching.  

Some Republicans are also jumping to purchase the hot device.  Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) bought one, but promises his constituents he'll purchase apps in a "fiscally conservative" manner.  Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also has been seen sporting one.  And veteran Republican consultant Russ Schreifer has a "fully souped-up, 64-gig, 3G version."  Between reading iBooks like "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith and "The War Lovers," by Evan Thomas, he finds time to use the device to review and approve rough cuts of campaign commercials and raw footage for ads.

However, perhaps the most high profile iPad user is Vice President Joe Biden, that has been shown in recent YouTube videos playing with his own iPad.

With the iPad having sold 2 million units already, and on its way to as many as 8 million unit sales this year, it's clear that Washington D.C. is no exception to the iPad fever that's sweeping the country.  In fact, our elected officials may be leading the charge.

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Maybe this should be in the blogs section?
By amanojaku on 6/10/2010 10:14:56 AM , Rating: 4
I don't think anyone on this site cares if a POLITICIAN, one of the least technical people in the world with scads of disposable income, has <insert expensive toy here>.

By SublimeSimplicity on 6/10/2010 10:18:10 AM , Rating: 4
Speak for yourself... I use Joe Biden as a sort of moral weather vane for what not to do.

By erple2 on 6/10/2010 10:37:17 AM , Rating: 4
Huh. I use him more as a weathervane for what not to say.

RE: Maybe this should be in the blogs section?
By masamasa on 6/10/2010 10:55:03 AM , Rating: 5
Obama...I love my f***** ipad. Oops, did I just say that on National TV? S**t.

By HakonPCA on 6/10/2010 11:46:17 AM , Rating: 3
love it; It goes like this....

iPad, it's a big f****** deal!

that should be Apple's marketing slogan for all 'i' products

By icanhascpu on 6/10/2010 3:55:49 PM , Rating: 3
You realize youre being used as a tool by mick right?

Youve been micked.

By Shatbot on 6/11/2010 12:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
Now with an interface so simple, even elected officials can use it.
Oil leak? There's a cap for that. Oh wait, it's in the Appstore and it costs $70B.

Fiscal conservatives run on Android.

By Moishe on 6/11/2010 1:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
Damn right. Who gives a rat's-ass what Biden or the Washington corrupt like?

Good thing they have millions of working-class Americans (who cannot afford an iPad) to buy their toys for them.

Nice to know
By cknobman on 6/10/2010 10:22:38 AM , Rating: 3
that even more of taxpayer dollars are going to entertaining these over payed SOB's while they should be doing something useful.

Biden: "The IPad is so great because now I can watch Lost during congressional meetings but I need to be sure and make sure a camera isnt pointed at me before looking at some porn"

RE: Nice to know
By SublimeSimplicity on 6/10/2010 10:26:55 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure which is more depressing: that tax money was spent on this or that I can only be half certain that's not a real quote from our VP.

RE: Nice to know
By amanojaku on 6/10/2010 10:27:50 AM , Rating: 3
If Steve Jobs finds out you're using your iPad to look at porn he'll send the Foxconn disciplinary squad to your house!!!

Anyway, where does it say our taxes are funding this?

RE: Nice to know
By cscpianoman on 6/10/2010 3:15:09 PM , Rating: 3
Everywhere, my taxes pay his salary:P

RE: Nice to know
By corduroygt on 6/10/2010 10:30:10 AM , Rating: 2
How do you know they're using taxpayer dollars and not their own money to buy it?

RE: Nice to know
By 225commander on 6/10/2010 11:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
How do you know they're using taxpayer dollars and not their own money to buy it?

Um, they're 'money'(read salary) *IS* tax payers dollars. But I get your point, did he use his salary or is this another Washington 'Perk'

RE: Nice to know
By hashish2020 on 6/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: Nice to know
By Moishe on 6/11/2010 1:09:23 PM , Rating: 2
frugal?? hahahahahAHAHAHA!!!
Since when? Compared to who?

RE: Nice to know
By hashish2020 on 6/14/2010 7:38:13 PM , Rating: 1
Um. Rubio and Palin.

By Gungel on 6/10/2010 10:30:03 AM , Rating: 2
How does he like the fact that some of his own web sites don't show half of the information on his iPad? For example, the "Vote 2010" web site is full of flash content.

RE: Flash?
By Dorkyman on 6/10/2010 11:50:09 AM , Rating: 2
His staffers must not have gotten the memo from Steve Jobs that no one needs Flash.

Also, to me, reading that Biden is using an iPad is negative advertising. The man is a walking joke.

RE: Flash?
By Moishe on 6/11/2010 1:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
But... but... HTML5 will be the solution!... ohh wait, HTML5 isn't really here yet.

The hype about Apple products is amazing.

This is the same group of people...
By Motoman on 6/10/2010 11:31:52 AM , Rating: 2
...who were high-fiving themselves for ending spam many years ago when they passed the CAN-SPAM act.

Pointing out that they are fans of any particular product is the biggest anti-endorsement I can think of.

By Moishe on 6/11/2010 1:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Hear, hear.

Caption for the picture
By bobcpg on 6/10/2010 11:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
"How do I turn the page?"

Penny Arcade said it best...
By Iaiken on 6/10/2010 12:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
There might come a day where I don't feel like a twat using an iPad in a public place, but that day isn't here yet. It's a little too ostentatious, like toting around a scepter. I don't like it. The only thing it can do that my iPhone can't is be more expensive.

By Jephph on 6/10/2010 12:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
I used to wonder why people bashed Jason all the time for his love affair with Apple.

Based on the last month or so of articles, I don't wonder anymore.

I'm sure Joe Biden and Washington politicians love a lot of their other tech gear too. That doesn't mean it's newsworthy.

Can't Say I'm Surprised
By clovell on 6/10/2010 1:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously - is anyone here surprised? We all should have expected this.

It's still an improvement
By YashBudini on 6/10/2010 5:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
Over Cheney's love of Halliburton. What did that cost the US tax payer in overcharges and no bid contracts?

See here a couple of suicides and that's it, game over.

By ggordonliddy on 6/10/2010 11:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was among those who had their emails leaked.

Flat out lie. Their email addresses were leaked, not their emails . If you can't tell the difference, you have serious problems.

Joe who?
By Beenthere on 6/11/2010 12:03:37 AM , Rating: 2
Does anyone really care what Joe or the other monkeys in DC think?

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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