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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.

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