HAW HAW HE'S SO DUM  11:30 am September 11, 2012

Obama Briefly Perplexed By Unfamiliar Phone, Tech Stocks Tumble

by Doktor Zoom

An iPhone does not slide that way!In what is surely the most scandalous case of presidential technology bafflement since that one time when George HW Bush asked some polite questions about a UPC scanner at a trade show, the leader of the Free World was “befuddled” when trying to dial a number on a phone handed to him by a campaign aide in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Moonie Times’ Dave Boyer has the shocking details:

On the campaign trail, President Obama is constantly talking about the importance of technology, but he met his match in an iPhone Sunday.

The president had stopped at a campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to thank volunteers. Then, for the cameras, Mr. Obama was supposed to call two campaign workers who were out working on his behalf.

But when White House trip director Marvin Nicholson handed the president his personal iPhone, Mr. Obama couldn’t get it to work. A reporter who witnessed the scene said the president looked “befuddled.”

“It’s not clear he knows how to dial on an iPhone,” the reporter wrote in a pool report.

Finally, Mr. Obama said, “Oh, I got to dial it in. Hold on, hold on. I can do this. See, I still have a BlackBerry.”

The wingnutosphere dutifully reported the President’s embarassing failure, noting the amusing irony of the supposedly hip, tech-savvy Obama struggling with an iPhone, which everyone knows is ridiculously user-friendly, and mostly using the photo reproduced above. Which is pretty clearly not a picture of an iPhone.

(We cannot verify, because we are really lazy, whether the phone in the photo is the phone that actually gave Obama trouble. But this photo accompanied the Moonie Times story, which definitely said “iPhone” over and over. Also, we’ve always felt kind of bad about George Bush and that supermarket scanner story, which we pedantically correct whenever we hear it. Really, it’s on Snopes, people. )

[Washington Times]

 

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nounverb911 September 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

Just dial "0" for operator and she'll connect you. Don't forget to put a nickel in the coin slot.

OneDollarJuana September 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

It's an iPhone. Put $200 in the slot. Over and over.

Designer_Rants September 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

iHate Apple.

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Is there any retail establishment more arrogant than an Apple Store? Makes Hollister seem like a weekend at Grandma's.

Lascauxcaveman September 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I went to an Apple store once, last spring, and that was not my experience at all. The lady I talked to was super nice and helpful and actually was able to answer my questions (!) about migrating my spreadsheets from Excel to whatever the office suite program is on the iPad.

She damn near sold me one of those iPad thingies that day.

Designer_Rants September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I learned how to use them in high school. Then I spent years using MicroSoft. Then I went to an Apple store and they were Greek to me. Do not like. Plus, their marketing annoys me. They used to talk about how they don't get viruses. Just to clarify: The reason for that is that they have 10% market share, so hackers don't bother with the small slice of pie – but now that they're more successful, this has started to change. It wasn't due to some special Operating System Ninja Magick that they were employing.

One thing that's nice about Apple, I suppose, is that they add competition to the OS market (overpriced cultish competition).

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

If I remember correctly, you could slip a long, thin strip of cardboard down the quarter slot, drop a penny (or was it a nickle?) in another slot, pull the cardboard out and you'd get a dialtone. And your coin would return.

Then you had to tie an onion onto your belt.

HistoriCat September 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If this were the old days, AT&T would be sending out a black ops team to kill you and take all your money.

GunToting[Redacted] September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I learned a great tactic from the documentary "War Games." All you have to do is unscrew the mouthpiece of the payphone receiver and connect the two terminals with a beer can pull-tab. Of course, this assumes you can find a pull-tab. Or a pay phone.

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

What's a "documentary?"

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

See, I still have a BlackBerry

Research In Motion, indeed!

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

RIMjob for Barry

kittensdontlie September 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

As long as that motion is not Forward…

WhiteyMcFlyover September 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Snark-free for a second, all government secure phones are Blackberries. It's actually his only cell phone choice. Both Apple and Google are in the process of certification, but there are 'unhackable' Black Blackberry only encrypted exchanges and data servers.

Lucidamente1 September 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

He must have mistaken it for a teleprompter, yuck, yuck, yuck.

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

He should have called Al Gore, who as we all know invented the iPhone.

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Barry will just dial "M" for murder! He'll show those asshats.

nounverb911 September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Needs more Grace Kelly.

Lascauxcaveman September 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Pretty much everything needs more Grace Kelly.

jakegittes September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I call bull shit. We all know Paul Ryan invented the IPhone. Right after he became the King of France.

gullywompr September 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Prepare for the upcoming boycott of all things Blahberry by the wingnutosphere. Should last a day or two, until another shiny object appears for them to hate.

Lot_49 September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Blahberries do suck mightily.

sullivanst September 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

How could anyone tell the difference?

EatsBabyDingos September 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Shouldn't it be the Dead Moonie Times? Or did Jerry Garcia not buy the paper?

kittensdontlie September 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

The good Reverend's sun took it over…

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

If Jerry Garcia bought the paper, it went up in smoke a long time ago…

Gratuitous World September 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Since it's made in China, Romney might have a better a shot at it.

ifthethunderdontgetya September 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Frickin' sell phones!

I've still never owned one. Tools of Satan, they are!
~

OzoneTom September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Same here, and I always need to ask "what do I push now?" when someone hands me one and expects me to use it to call.

deanbooth September 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

Me: How do I answer this [her phone]?
Wife: Just open it.
Me: [shouting] HELLO!

ThundercatHo September 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Mitt Rmoney just uses his shoe.

OneDollarJuana September 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

"Missed it by that much!"

Ruhe September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

And when he loses he'll say "missed it by this much".

DemmeFatale September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Or maybe it's just built in somewhere.

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Lower The Cone of Silence.

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Shit, I still have a hard time doing the "text" thing.

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

I see those bastards as a necessary evil and really not that necessary, either. They do come in handy when you're away from civilization and need help.

Jus_Wonderin September 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

"ber tor off m arm"

ETA: "no rly, ber tor of my arm"

TootsStansbury September 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

And this is how so many of my comments on here read.

chicken_thief September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Dittos. Every time I try to send a text, it ends up being a pic of my cock.

~ Brett

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

Yeah, I finally had to stop carrying my cell phone in my pants pocket.

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

Yes, I kept butt-dialing my ex-girlfriends.

On purpose.

Geminisunmars September 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I have to find my old-lady reading glasses before I can text. Hence, I do not text.

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

So O'Bama's being ridiculed by a bunch of idiots who can barely figure out how to steer their hover rounds because he had trouble with his i-phone that isn't an i-Phone?

It must be a Tuesday.

sullivanst September 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

With someone else's iPhone.

The comment "Oh I got to dial it in" might hint that just maybe, he was looking for a contact in the address book that the phone's owner didn't have, and he had to enter the number himself. Which would, of course, make the entire story total bullshit.

littlebigdaddy September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Yeah, it isn't as if the white iPhone is a cultural icon or anything…

gullywompr September 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

At least he didn't fall off a Segway while choking on a pretzel.

Lot_49 September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

That only happened because Chimpy was also holding hands with a Saudi prince at the same time.

prommie September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

That attempted exit, stage left, in China, was the best, though the Merkle massage moment of idiocy is a contender too. No president has ever looked so stupid so often as our own precious little angel, W Bush, the Preztard.

gullywompr September 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

He's special.

MilwaukeeKent September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

But he gave noogies! You never see this President giving noogies, this President lacks the common touch. Don't even get me started on swirlies…

RadioX September 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

Is it shiny?

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

So if Obama is a fool for not being able to dial an iPhone (admittedly, without a keyboard, it's not instantly intuitive) then how foolish is MoonTimes for publishing a photo of a Nokia????

Biel_ze_Bubba September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Things are grim at the WashTimes … the Moonies can no longer afford the royalties on actual news photos. This is the best they could cut & paste from a Google search.

OneDollarJuana September 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

Romney would have one of his people dial it for him.

Lot_49 September 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

Romney would have five staffers prepare a 30-slide Powerpoint for him.

GlowneyHouse September 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Mittens would have handed his golden phone to a lackey to dial and conduct the call and report back to him what had happened. If bad news, he would have no knowledge as he was not in charge of his own phone at the time–if it was good news he would retroactively have made it himself.

freakishlywrong September 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

I can't wait for the "you lost again, fucktards, see ya 2016" app.

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

An app devoutly to be fapped.

gullywompr September 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

There's a fap for that.

slithytoves September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Now I have to log out so I can give you another upfistie.

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

What with "internets" and "a series of tubes", the Republicans are really in no position to ridicule anyone about technology.

Ruhe September 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

I know the dominant internutts meme has been that Obama is the Beast but this incident leads me to believe that he might in fact be a replicant. Perhaps a Nexus 6. I mean, all real humans know how to use an iPhone, right?

freakishlywrong September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

This is almost as scandalous as "MustardGate". Almost. IMPEECH!!11

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Don't forget Mr. Obama ordering arugeuella on his salad!

Thought, I'll bet both Mr. & Mrs. Obama can correctly spell it. I obviously can't.

Devilette September 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

He also ordered an orange juice. I believe Tweety was horrified by that act.

Texan_Bulldog September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Mittens still has rotary dial phones that are on party lines in all his houses.

SorosBot September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

So where's your messiah now, Moonie Times? Oh that's right, he's dead, despite being the second coming of Jesus.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Has it been three days already?

edgydrifter September 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

I've seen enough movies to know that the president's phone has no buttons at all. It's big, old-fashioned, bright red, and when the president picks it up it just connects him to whoever he need to talk to–the Kremlin, the Pentagon, Batman–it's friggin' awesome.

Jus_Wonderin September 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have a dumb phone. I won't pay the fucking bill for a smart phone. I don't need to be THAT connected.

fuflans September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

to be fair, he wasn't using the google.

Not_So_Much September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

As if any more proof were needed about him being a Muslin.

UW8316154 September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

You can make phones calls on an iPhone??

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

There's an app for that.

deanbooth September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

So much for the "Obama's just phoning it in." meme.

prommie September 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

Meanwhile, Ruprecht Romney has to stick a cork on the tines of his fork so he doesn't hurt himself when he tries to eat.

Jus_Wonderin September 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

I am certain he wears loafers so as not to be confounded by shoe laces.

FakaktaSouth September 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Oh dear Ruprecht kicks Romney's ass. I definitely want a bedroom with a tireswing and pots I can bang on, but no, um, cups.

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

At least in the age of Depends he no longer fears embarrassment over the call of nature. USA! USA!

anniegetyerfun September 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My favorite scene in a movie. Ever.

johnnyzhivago September 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

Romney's got "people" to dial for him.

iTuna September 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

Eh, getting to the numberpad screen for dialing a new number, one that you don't have in your contacts, is, for some people, not immediately apparent. My mother's had an iPhone for nearly 2 years and still fucks it up, sometimes.

chicken_thief September 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

If only the icons had been in Kenyan….

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Or the numbers Arabic.

Joshua Norton September 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

That's just silly. Do what I do. Put your phone in your pocket and it will dial itself.

proudgrampa September 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

My butt dials my phone all the time!

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

A resal Xtian would just pray, and Gawd would instantly contact the party they wanted to talk to and relay the message.

It doesn't work for mormons, I'm told.

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

So God is really just Ernestine?

I find this comforting.

randcoolcatdaddy September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

You can make phone calls on iPhones?

I thought they were just for listening to music and playing Angry Birds.

chicken_thief September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

Paul Ryan would have P90X'd that motherfucker into dialing with a frosty glare from his baby blues.

ChillBill September 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

Ryan has already mastered the iPhone 5, and it hasn't been released yet.

kittensdontlie September 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

The device in the picture is a Drone Remote Control, and the President is clearly baffled as to whether his strike on the Moonie Times had succeeded.

under_score September 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

This is awesome, because I, too, felt pretty damn stoopid when I first tried to dial an actual phone number with an iPhone. Complaints about how user-friendly it wasn't fell on deaf ears. Me & Bamz = BFFs!

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Me too, and I also came from Blackberry and Palm. Luvs my iphone now, tho.

under_score September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I'm with ya, amazing how it's totally intuitive now once you've had it a while ;-)

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

So twew!Sent from my iPhone

Barrelhse September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

Intrepid journalism.

chicken_thief September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

A little OT, but where the hell does Mittens find a cell phone long enough to reach from the ear to the mouth of his over-inflated balloon sized fucking head? Jes curious.

~ Frankenstein

FakaktaSouth September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hello, my name is Fakakta and I am a iPhone-y phone phone-addict and people like me are annoying assholes. I don't think it is anything but a positive that PresO isn't all up on his iphone sexting Michelle all day like I would be. That is all these things are good for, truly. Oh and for texting if my kids need me in an emergency, as they are also all annoying phone buttheads. We never have to talk though! And it's how I deal with other housewives. Y'ALL try to have a conversation with one of these people. It's NOT MY FAULT is what I am saying, and good for PresO.

Chet Kincaid_ September 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I'm with you! When Steve Jobs put "jump" up on the big screen at the keynotes, my only question was "how high?!" I have been forced to use a Windows machine at work for a year and a half, for the first time in 25 years of using a computer, and I am now smug in the confirmation that I was right all along.

FakaktaSouth September 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I am a full-fledged lover of my macbookpro forever and ever, I cannot use or tolerate windows, my kid's dell someone told me to get her (he was being helpful, but damn) anyway, I can't use it. I only don't have that apple sticker on my back windshield, because I am "cool."

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

As a fellow iphone addict who has met you personally, I must say your self-characterization is unduly harsh, incorrect and wildly off the mark. Sincerely, a genuine and totally annoying asshole. On the other hand: the iphone; she is a demanding mistress.

FakaktaSouth September 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

If you are what an annoying asshole is, then I aspire to be one at all costs! And god yes, my phone, how I do bow down and crawl around for this thing, I love her soooo.

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The young and beautiful aspiring to the old and beastly? I accept your accolade humbly, however ridiculous.

natoslug September 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Since it came free with my job, I have an iPhone as well. Some day I might try to do something more than make calls, fuck with Siri, text and check my FB account on it. My eldest daughter, the Apple expert, constantly rolls her eyes when my phone.

SayItWithWookies September 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

I'd get one of those fancy phones, but my carrier pigeons would be horribly offended.

elviouslyqueer September 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Quoth el_patriota at Fux Nation: The man can't even figured out an I-Phone (yes, I know he is not holding an I-Phone on that pic, but I imagine he would had the same look in his face as in the pic. above), yet he wants us to trust him with our economy!

I'll take "what is a bone-headedly stupid false equivalence?" for $400, Alex.

actor212 September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

The difference between HWB's faux pas and BHO's is, dialing a FUCKING IPHONE has nothing to do with grasping the problems of affording a fuckign gallon of milk.

Oblios_Cap September 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Not only is today Patriot Day, but also the anniversary of the Mountain Meadow Massacre!

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

"I am from the telephone company. There is something the matter with your phone."

Chichikovovich September 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

"You mean my phone. You said "pheun".

"Yes, yes, that's what I said, your pheun."

BaldarTFlagass September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Didn't know if anyone would catch that one…

Steverino247 September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Does your dog bite?

Chet Kincaid_ September 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

Dok, are you the Washington Times' only reader?

Doktor Zoom September 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

We have to read righty-blogs when we've displeased the Editrix.

Oh, and to find stories for mocking.

(Actually, I found the FauxNation version first, then backtracked for the original. I try to limit my exposure to this stuff with a dosimeter)

Steverino247 September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hergescheimer, from Section G. I'm checking radiation shields…

SystemError September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

You know, some of Romney's best friends own cell phone companies.

BathroomGoblin September 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

All of Romney's best friends are companies.

Chet Kincaid_ September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

We won't have Blackberry to kick around much longer.

ChillBill September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Silly Wingnuts, everyone knows that there is no Telepromterz app for the iPhone.

Chet Kincaid_ September 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm
rocktonsam September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

"shit, I don't call anybody.I'm the god damn leader of the free world bitches, bitches call me!"

-B Obama

Blueb4sinrise September 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Hell, they're slipping. The WSJ has op-ed: Bamz spends too much time learning apps, neglects Economy.

[not really, but check later in the day]

AlNewMan September 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Mr. Romney asked a young assistant if he could use his dictaphone. The assistant replied "use your finger like everyone else"

ManchuCandidate September 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I'd have to say that maybe they should look within considering the sad efforts of wingnuts to master teknowlogee.

zippy_w_pinhead September 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Those wingnuts are so easily entertained…

proudgrampa September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

You know, I think that if you just lit a match in front of these people, they would get on their knees in wonder and amazement.

Steverino247 September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

"They're such children." –Hedley Lamarr.

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

What next: "Bammers flummoxed when White House domestic help put toilet paper roll on backwards, ruins skivvies?".

James Michael Curley September 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

This is a critical problem. If the roll is on wrong when you are finished you can't fold it into that nice little triangle that so supremely graced it when you sat down.

ttommyunger September 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

This conundrum is what has driven me to swear off the practice entirely and simply stamp my feet vigorously prior to dismounting the throneSent from my iPhone

Generation[redacted] September 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Sorry it took me so long to comment on this. It's that darn iPhone.

Guppy September 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Obama has never used an iPhone, because it's tough to lock down a phone that the FBI is actively tracking.

Chet Kincaid_ September 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I'm sure everyone who did not spend that fateful afternoon in January of 2007 with seven keynote liveblogs lined up in their browser, breathlessly refreshing each one every 10 seconds in order to marvel at this almost unbearably awesome alien technology leapfrog, served up in the most amazing technology Medicine Show to date, would be momentarily baffled by the notion of tapping the button that looks like a phone and then tapping the button that looks like a keypad with "keypad" written underneath it. How would we have known how Jesus paid for our sins, if Paul had not helpfully demo'd it for us?! And Obama might have been busy running for President back then, or something.

But seriously, my place of work was doing some work for Blackberry on the day the iPhone was announced. Everybody on my floor was glued to liveblogs of the keynote. About midway through, my boss, who was monitoring a stock ticker yelled out that with every new feature introduced, Blackberry stock was going lower and lower. We hated RIM, so that was funny.

owhatever September 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Trust the Moonie Times to bring you the story behind the story, although you don't give a shit about the story in the first place.

Mitt doesn't own an iPhone, but he has friends who own telecommunications corporations.

KeepFnThatChicken September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Fucking Skype app.

BarackMyWorld September 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Fuck Apple.

mavenmaven September 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

He's courting the Orthodox Jewish vote; they are obsessed with the "evils" of the internet and smart phones.

lumpenprole September 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Mocked by the Jitterbug niche. How humiliating.

Nostrildamus September 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

And if the opposite happened:

"The iPhone is famous for appealing to trend-obsessed posers, so it was, of course, no problem for Obama."

barto September 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

looks more like an i-razor to me, he's probably bummed 'cause he can't get the sideburn app to work.

valgal2342 September 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

The shirt Pres. Obama is wearing in photo above looks to be same as one he was wearing at a recent speech. Wonder if he got it at Costco. Just like Mitt does.

DahBoner September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Republicans are pretty 'tech savvy', if by 'tech', you mean any technology invented before 1950…

gogogodzilla September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The iPhone is a fad. Learn Morse Code.

ColHeightsChic September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

That is the first time I have ever read the comments on a Fox Nation story. I don't know what possessed me to do it. I will never forgive Wonkette for putting me through that.

cookieparty September 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I have a lot of issues with this guy (kill list, civil liberties violations, whistleblower prosecutions, etc.). But I like that he doesn't have the latest goddamn iPhone.

sbj1964 September 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Today's cellphones have an app. for everything except Premature ejaculation,but I hear that's cumming soon.

glamourdammerung September 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

President Obama had some problems figuring out how to use an iPhone.

President Bush had some problems figuring out how to use a door.

Totally equivalent.

Robman2 September 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

BlackBerry's are for phone calling, that's why I have one.

Androids are for waving at i Phone 5 owners, who are paying twice as much to own what Samsung already has built.

TribecaMike September 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Meanwhile, the front page of today's Washington Times shows a photo of Mitt Romney operating a cutting-edge linotype machine.

Negropolis September 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

Well, I have a smart phone, and hell if I know how to use a quarter of its features, and I'm a 20-something. I should have been born at another time. I want my phone to be a phone, my computer to be a computer, my television to be a television, etc…

Tundra Grifter September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

They lost me when our son's little i-something music player died and I drove to the store in Walnut Creek, found a parking place, walked in and was then told I needed an appointment.

I explained I wasn't there for a root canal. I just wanted the damn thing fixed.

No, I needed an appointment.

Now, the place wasn't exactly packed. I asked if I could just wait. "No." I asked if I could make a same-day appointment. "No."

I think Apple is incredibly self-absorbed.

AbandonHope_ September 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I think it depends on the store, too. I've seen some where everybody was off-putting and aloof, and some where people were super nice and helpful.

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