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Obama Tries To Steal Election With Free iPads For Everybody

You will be getting one of theseSo we don’t know if you heard but it sounds like the midterm elections might not go so well, for the Democrats! Naturally this is of some concern to Barack Obama, who barely was able to pass any good laws despite controlling an overwhelming congressional majority, so who knows how he’s going to deal with a Republican congress. He could try helping his party win by the traditional methods — “campaigning,” “being popular,” etc. — but remember, Barack Obama came to Washington to change the tone there, to really shake things up, so obviously he’s going to blaze a new path. What will the Democrats’ “October Surprise” be? Will Barack Obama extract a promise from Steve Jobs that every American voter will receive a free iPad? Maybe!

Or maybe not? NOBODY KNOWS what happened at the secretive meeting between Obama and Jobs!

Obama’s first stop was a meeting with Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, a Silicon Valley icon whom the president sought and last met with while on the 2008 campaign trail. Though details are scant about their 45-minute private conversation at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, White House officials said Obama and Jobs discussed technology, education, and job creation.

Hmmm, “job creation” probably means that the NIH cloning labs are ramping up their production facilities to churn out an army of Steve Jobses, so he/they can personally deliver iPads to everyone.

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Then the president went to the private homes of Silicon Valley nerd royalty to raise more money. Google honcho Marissa Mayer had a fundraiser (with a weirdly specific $30,400-per-plate ticket price) where Obama wondered why new companies weren’t rising up to destroy the companies that all the rich people in the room worked for, which probably made them nervous. But they had already paid their money, ha ha!

Oh, also, were there pictures of Obama and Hillary Clinton with Hitler mustaches?

Along the way, neighbors came out to try to catch a glimpse of the president. There also was a smattering of protesters, including one group that held up a large sign saying, “Goodbye Wall Street Traitors” with pictures of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Hitler mustaches.

Yes, of course there were pictures of Obama and Hillary Clinton with Hitler mustaches. [San Jose Mercury News]

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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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66 comments

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      I'm sorry for your loss.

      One of those white G5 ones? Because the video cards and logic boards in those suck and are always asploding.

      1. Doglessliberal

        Yes! And $400+ to repair, so I am nor repairing it, waiting for Xmas bonus and buying a new one. This is almost 7 years old.

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          The newer Intel Core Duo models I have at home and work seem to be rock solid (Knock on wood). I see they are now selling i3 i5 and i7s, whatever those are. Anyway, best of luck.

  1. CablinasianDem

    Facing elections with the lingering effects of a recession and an incredibly impatient constituency? There's an app for that.

  2. Serolf_Divad

    Obama had a private meeting with Steve Jobs at a Westin hotel just after recording an "it gets better" YouTube message?

    Hmmm… I'm not saying… I'm just saying, that's all.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      By "private meeting" they meant that Obama sat in the third row with Jobs on the stage with a giant iPad on the screen behind him. Honestly, have you seen any picture of Jobs (or Ballmer, for that matter) when he wasn't on stage?

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Clearly you haven't been faithfully reading the sidebar ads on your Wonkette. If you had been, you'd have noticed the street price for an iPad falls anywhere between $27.85 to $48.16.

      Perhaps you were just distracted by the Walmart $1000 free gift card ad shouting at you?

  3. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Is there any public figure that hasn’t had a Hitler mustache applied to their likeness? I thought so.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        MJ is reclaiming it for the non-genocidal, non-sociopathic masses. Only a man (or woman) with such cool as the Chicago Bulls legend could undo the association of that stache with National Socialism.

        Or, it could just be another fuck you from Jordan to one of his haters (Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf).

        I like to think he's reclaiming it, though.

      2. Not_So_Much

        Found that surprising. What with his college education and all. One would think he'd display a more subtle academic sensitivity… Then take his pals out for strippers and Kristal to make it rain.

  4. Terry

    An iPad is a gizmo that's more powerful than the first 5-6 computers I owned or worked on and I can fit mine into my larger purses. Also, I can play Angry Birds on it.

  5. WarAndGee

    “Goodbye Wall Street Traitors”

    When capitalism fails, it's government's fault.

    And when capitalism fails TO FAIL it's still government's fault.

    A tea bagger hates the government with his mind, but quietly favors it to save his ass.

    We are a nation of so much stupid.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        I was thinking Nader voters. This is California, after all; Bay Area, specifically.

        Check the local organizing committees at Berkeley, Davis, & Santa Cruz.

        1. mookwrthwilson

          I voted for Nader in 2000 (in NJ where it was safe to do so) and I don't think either Barry or Hills have anything in common with Hitler.

    1. BarryOPotter

      WarAndGee, you must have a laser-sighted hammer with advanced Nail-Finding(TM) innards, because no matter where you swing that thing, you continually tag nails on the head. Kudos.

    1. stampyelephant

      $30,400 is the maximum amount you can donate to a party committee this election cycle – which doesn't make it any less of a random amount, I guess.

  6. CablinasianDem

    I'm hoping this meeting wasn't caused by a top-page polling result with a false capitalization that read, "Americans want Jobs," instead of "Americans want jobs."

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Naw, it's just fun drawing mustaches on people's faces.

      Don't tell me you never defaced your mom's discarded magazines in that way. When I was a kid, we'd spend hours with a Sharpie® and piles of old magazines, just drawing mustaches, beards, cigars, funny hats, goofy stuff in the background. My siblings and friends loved to do this too.

      You could say we were from The Greatest Generation. We invented Blingee®.

  7. BarryOPotter

    I know, right? And would a little soap and water kills those fuckers? No, uh, seriously, I'm asking is that how to get rid of them?

  8. PsycWench

    "He could try helping his party win by the traditional methods — “campaigning,” “being popular,” etc."

    He COULD try the non-traditional method of telling Dems to quit being pussies and Reps to look up the definition of bipartisanship, since the current one is "doing what we want you to do".

  9. JustPixelz

    "…$30,400-per-plate…

    Roast unicorn in brown gravy
    Freedom fries with moon cheese sauce
    Jack's magic bean salad with almond slivers
    Gingerbread man cookies (female cookies available upon request)
    Taster's choice coffee

  10. RedneckMuslin

    Barry got this idea from Oprah. You get an iPad! You get an iPad! Everybody gets an iPad! Just Chicago politics.

  11. Come here a minute

    They were just arranging the automatic iPad "software update" where the device sets every evil Diebold machine in a 50 mile radius to "Leans Dem".

  12. superdave

    Woohoo! NIH cloning lab in da hizzouse! Gots me a couple Steve clones right here in my office building me an IPad 4G Extreme.

  13. SayItWithWookies

    I've finally trained everybody who visits or hangs out not to get their greasy fingerprints all over my laptop's display and now Steve Jobs wants to sell me an iPad? Screw you, Steve Jobs. Anyway, I won't be needing a portable computer until I can get stoned at the local coffee shop, so if you want to fix something, work on that.

    1. marinmaven

      Come to California where possession of under an ounce is only a $100 ticket (our state needs the cash). Stay and vote for Proposition 19 and if it passes, you can get high for the cost of the weed. The Feds will still bust you like it is nobody's business though.

  14. CapeClod

    Isn't an iPad just like an iPhone that you can't make phone calls with. I want one! I hate when people call me.

  15. Toomush_Infer

    I dunno….is this the place to speculate that all that money for supposedly small businesses and corporate expansion is just going into robotics….for job creation….? I know it doesn't sound very snarky, but wait for it…

  16. chicken_thief

    Hmm. I thought Silicon Valley is where all the hawties went to get their tits inflated to life saving, it's now impossible to drown size. Nobama and Jobs were jes doin what guys do when they get together at big dinners/weddings/funerals/etc – scanning the crowd and playing a round of "which bitch would you do?"

    1. prommie

      You elitist. Doesn't everybody deserve some love? Thats the way I like to thnk, when scanning the crowd, anyway.

  17. prommie

    I frequently gaze out upon the tea-partying, nascar-watching, republican-voting, gun-worshipping lottery-playing imbeciles that make up the majority of the US public, and I wonder to myself, why ain't I rich? I mean, how come I can't think of a way to get them to give me their money? Other imbeciles have figured it out, Palin, for example, and her obvious idol, Madonna. But then I realize, its because I can't think like an imbecile; I keep trying to come up with something worthwhile and necessary that I can sell them. What a fool I am, the trick is to come up with something worthless and completely unnecessary. This is what Steve Jobs does.

  18. Terry

    WordStar. I did my thesis on a DEC Rainbow using Wordstar. You had two floppy disk drives, one for the floppy containing Wordstar and one for the floppy with your files. Stats (SAS) had to be on the mainframe. Semi-colons haunted my dreams.

    I hadn't see the Halloween one. Woo hooo!

  19. Texan_Bulldog

    My first computer was a Radio Shack TRS 80 with a dot matrix printer (lots of "goto" and "loop" commands), and I learned to type on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Aaaah…good times.

    And to paraphrase Chuck Heston: "I'll give you my iPad when you take it from my cold, dead hands!"

  20. Lascauxcaveman

    I had a TI 99 with those cute little program and game cartridges. Mostly I was just programming goofy video display stuff in Basic.

    My band used to set up several TV's on stage, hook them up to the TI 99 and they'd flash random colors and shapes while we played. We were pretty freaking Hi-Tech for 1982.

  21. Advn2rgirl

    :: We had a Trash 80 and my dad would buy us Games Magazine. You had to type in pages and pages of BASIC to get some crappy version of Asteriods or something. The debugging alone could kill a Saturday. This is probably why I became a liberal arts major. ::

  22. HistoriCat

    I learned to program BASIC on punch cards at the local community college. A guy with 70s long hair, beard and mustache fed the cards into the computer for you.

    And I wore an onion on my belt because that was the style back then.

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