White House's New Must-Have: iPad

Apple's 'magical' device a hit at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 11:12 AM CDT
In this undated photo provided by Wired, a person demonstrates an Apple iPad.   (AP Photo/Wired)
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(Newser) – Known as technophiles during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama's top advisers have a "magical" new gadget to geek out on: The iPad, which has become a staple in the White House. The Washington Post undertook the important journalistic endeavor of exposing early adopters like Rahm Emanuel (who has "all the newspaper apps" and iBooks) and Larry Summers (Bloomberg app, Scrabble, and a free copy of The Federalist Papers.)

iPad newbie David Axelrod only has a few apps downloaded (Major League Baseball, NPR) so far, says an aide, but "he only got it like two days ago." And the iPad is infiltrating elsewhere: Kindle devotee Ben Bernanke recently hinted he was thinking about a switch, while various legislators, lobbyists, and aides depend on it for everything from approving campaign commercials to Epicurious.

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