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
The story says that senior adviser David
Axelrod, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, communications
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.
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.
quote: 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.