U.S. President Barack Obama tethers BlackBerry to new iPad


A noted BlackBerry addict, today it was revealed that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, is now carrying an iPad, tethering the device to his BlackBerry. At a town hall meeting hosted by Jorge Ramos of Univision, Barack Obama indicated:

"I took my BlackBerry off for this show, because I didn’t want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing. But usually I carry a BlackBerry around."

While Obama’s use of a BlackBerry is no surprise, a report from the Wall Street Journal, Ramos continued his technology line of questioning by asking the U.S. president if he owns an iPad.

"I do have an iPad,” Obama answered, joking that he also has his own computer to the amusement of the audience.

“I mean, Jorge, I’m the president of the United States,” Obama said. “You think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer? Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? How about you? You’ve got one?”

According to the story, Obama works tethers his iPad to his BlackBerry, although it’s unclear how the president utilizes the device.

News of the president’s use of the iPad follows reports that the U.S. military will begin testing field use of iPads, in addition to both the British House of Lords and U.S. House of Representatives opening each of their respective floors to iPad use.

While we don’t know what Obama uses his iPad for, how do you think he and other government officials may utilize the iPad?