President Obama said at a fundraiser this week that he wishes he had access to better gadgets in the Oval Office.
According to an Associated Press story, Obama told donors during a Chicago fundraiser this week that he was disappointed that the president's office does not come with any kind of futuristic phone. “I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen,” the report quoted the president as saying.
Ironically, technology played a role in the story of Obama's comments getting out- the event's question and answer session was accidentally beamed to the White House briefing room back in Washington, where reporters heard and reported on it.
Obama, described by CEA's Gary Shapiro as “the first digital president” when he assumed office in early 2009, fought and won a highly public battle with the Secret Service about whether he could continue using with BlackBerry. He also has begun using an iPad.