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May 10, 2010

Obama can't work an iPod. Really?

Posted: 10:24 AM ET

He's the tech president - the one who totes around a BlackBerry, and who gave the Queen of England an iPod as a gift.

But in a commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama said there's a darker side to the technologies that have helped build his image as a hip and digitally enabled public servant.

"With iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," he said in the address, according to a transcript posted by KTKR. "So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."

Education is the key to keeping these digital distractions in check, Obama said.

"Class of 2010, this is a period of breathtaking change, like few others in our history," he said. "We can't stop these changes, but we can channel them, we can shape them, we can adapt to them. And education is what can allow us to do so. It can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time."

Some tech bloggers sympathized with the concerns.

"I worry that some of these students will have been tweeting his words from their cell phones as he spoke them," writes Chris Matyszczyk at CNET.

Others find the comments curious, given Obama's history of promoting digital information.

"Since Obama coordinated his entire campaign on his Blackberry (sic), his comments here border on hypocrisy," writes a commenter called "Camp David" on an AppleInsider forum.

In a 2009 interview with CNBC, Obama sounds rather attached to that BlackBerry:

"I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," he said, according to an online transcript. "They're going to pry it out of my hands."

Given his apparent tech literacy, I wonder if Obama was kidding about not knowing how to work an iPod, iPad, Xbox or PlayStation. During the 2008 presidential campaign he told Rolling Stone his iPod contained songs by Bob Dylan, Jay-Z and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, among others. Presumably, his staffers didn't turn it on and work it for him.

I watched a YouTube clip of the speech to get more context. Check it out for yourself (the tech comments start at 7:50 on the timeline) and let us know what you think. People did laugh at the remark. (Here's a similar cut on CNN)

Does Obama have a point? He seems to be focused more on criticizing the speed and potential inaccuracy of digital information than these gadgets, in particular. (From the speech: "You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter.")

Or do these comments seem disingenuous? Can the president who gave the Queen an iPod really not know how to use one himself? Let us know in the comments (and try not to ruin democracy while you're at it).

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Franko   May 10th, 2010 10:38 am ET

There is still hope for change

Obama is smart enough to understand the causes of global warming
Smart enough to recognize that the bankers need more bailouts

When he figures out how to use the iPod, Utopia will begin.


WilhelmR   May 10th, 2010 10:38 am ET

Maybe he knows his way around his blackberry, and maybe he has an iPod nano and was just refering to the iPod touch his daughters are playing with all the time?

People take quotes too seriously.


Franko   May 10th, 2010 10:59 am ET

To; WilhelmR "People take quotes too seriously."
Yes, What really matters is in the style that change was marketed


Jenoside   May 10th, 2010 11:03 am ET

Just because you can make an iPod function doesn't mean you REALLY know how to use it. This thing does a ton more than just play music, but I only know how to make it play music.


Rich   May 10th, 2010 11:03 am ET

THIS IS NOT NEWS


Chris Perales   May 10th, 2010 11:04 am ET

Um big deal, so what he doesn't know how to work an ipod. There are other things that are newsworthy besides this. I'd rather know how to work my phone then a ipod.


John C   May 10th, 2010 11:04 am ET

Do you really need to stir up the lunies with articles like this? Please don't feed the birthers.


WilliamR   May 10th, 2010 11:05 am ET

Obviously, his point was that information technology can be equally distracting as it is beneficial.

Maybe he is one of those people that are fine with a blackberry and PC, but just don't get the feel of Apple products.


Michael   May 10th, 2010 11:07 am ET

Rich, you're right, this isn't news; it's a blog.


Dave Davidson   May 10th, 2010 11:08 am ET

who cares about ipods...MAGNETS? HOW DO THEY WORK?!?


Quentin Conway   May 10th, 2010 11:09 am ET

Not to sound like an arrogant hick, but why does this matter?


John   May 10th, 2010 11:09 am ET

It could also be a classic case of someone writing his speech for him without him looking it over before he delivered the speech.


genebat   May 10th, 2010 11:09 am ET

"We can't stop these changes, but we can adapt to them. And education is what can allow us to do so.

This what are President said at the end of the speech. Pls stop all the hating your haters It was and Education speech not a Tech one. Stop the madness and flat out lies.

Like Rich said; THIS IS NOT NEWS.


Max   May 10th, 2010 11:10 am ET

This is possibly the most important news i've ever heard...
this is ground-breaking.


Tyler   May 10th, 2010 11:11 am ET

I would have to hazard a guess and agree with the people who think he can work a nano but not a touch. To e quite honest, I had a nano, and it took about a month to really know how to work an itouch besides "where's the play button". But to give credit, how many sitting presidents have ever called out 2 video game systems in a speech?


Marine   May 10th, 2010 11:11 am ET

Good Job CNN Journalists. Slow news day!? You guys continue to fall below the journalistic food chain. TERRIBLE!


Bill   May 10th, 2010 11:12 am ET

Wow, this is like heresy for all the hipsters and young adults that voted for the "cool" choice back in 2008.

How in the world can their idol not know how to operate an iPod or a Xbox? Wow, he's just another old white man that was marketed as a young black man.


robertshedin   May 10th, 2010 11:13 am ET

The remark was tongue in cheek; especially since the President clearly does know how to operate an iPod, Blackberry, etc. His point was incessant data can be a diversion from reality.


Barrington   May 10th, 2010 11:13 am ET

I think that the media will try to dig up the smallest things to try and make Obama look bad. I mean seriously......what is the real point of this article.

If the man can use a blackberry why on earth would you create some kind of conjecture about him being able to use a less-complicated device? This article is very unnecessary.


Alex   May 10th, 2010 11:13 am ET

He's got a point that people text and tweet just for the sake of texting and tweeting. There's an insane amount of cyber blabber flying around with no real genuine information.


Joel   May 10th, 2010 11:14 am ET

I think the remark is being taken too literally. We all say we don't know how to work our pieces of technology. I can operate it, but I don't know how every last little function works. I think his intent was to draw a comparison between his generation and the generation he was addressing and the difference in how they approach and employ technology. He (and myself) may embrace the technology but we approach it with an expectation of a learning curve and a need to understand how it will fit in our lives. Younger people are more comfortable, they 'know' how it works, don't fear exploring to learn and they don't question it's role. They just use it. This is the real heart of the issue. Younger people just incorporate these things without consideration of whether they're good or not. Consider the Virginia Tech students who were upset when the media reported their facebook comments.


David R.   May 10th, 2010 11:15 am ET

Obama is right, these gadgets are a distraction. Afterall, I'm standing here reading this meaningless pap on my mobile phone when I could be doing something productive instead.


Zach Alfred   May 10th, 2010 11:15 am ET

Did CNN find this on Drudge? Because that's where I found it.

Anyway, I think this is Mr. Technology-won-me-the-White-House Obama showing the fact that he's worried. Who cares if some information is bad? There's good and bad arguments and information on both sides of the aisle. Its up to political commentaries and people's own discretion and critical thinking (if that still exists in a culture educated through multiple choice standardized test preparation) to filter the information.

Obama's just afraid that there's so much information out there that may put him in a bad light.

Shooties, Barack, what can we do? Censorship?
I sure hope it never goes that far.


ECMoney   May 10th, 2010 11:16 am ET

So he doesn't know how to use an IPod...so what...maybe he doesn't own one. It's good to know the our President is not running around just messing with an IPod all day. There are enough Republicans doing that already...and we already know what type of parties they spend our money on...


cyndy c.   May 10th, 2010 11:17 am ET

Perhaps his daughters helped him to download his music into the iPod?

Whatever, he is still the best thing we have going since the reign of terror created by Bush and Cheney!!

I wonder if they know how to use an ipod? They probably dont even know how to turn it on!! LOL!!


Michael   May 10th, 2010 11:19 am ET

I think the quote was taken out of context. When i read it, I took it as he didn't know how to work an Xbox or Playstation. Yes, first he mentions "from iPod's to iPad's", then he says "from Xboxes to Playstations – none of which I know how to use", I took it to mean he didn't know how to use Xbox or Playstation, which would make the most sense anyway. I think the majority of the under-60 crowd can now work an iPod (note I said majority, not all), but how many people under 30 can plug in an Xbox/Playstation and know what to do with it?

The comment was poorly phrased in that it allowed people to interpret it in a way that he didn't intend.


Jen   May 10th, 2010 11:20 am ET

I have an iPod that I don't fully understand how to use. I take it running with me 4 times a week, but I still feel like darn thing is holding out secrets on me.

This article is a example of what the president warned as digital distraction. Give us more news so I can be informed, not distracted or advertised to!


Tish   May 10th, 2010 11:21 am ET

It's entirely possible he has a non-apple-branded mp3 player, rather than an iPod. They can have completely different interfaces. My husband knows how to use his own Sansa, and Android smartphone but has never had a reason to touch an iPod or iPhone.
The iPad's have only been out a matter of weeks–almost nobody knows how to use them yet. Nor surprise there.
As for gaming consoles – who has the time? I don't... and I strongly suspect the "leader of the free world" is far busier than I am.

I am not, on the whole, an Obama fan. I did not vote for him. But he brings up an extremely important point: The technology itself it fine and all, but it's just another tool - like all other tools the first rock-hammers and wheels to modern day smart phones. How we use our brains to apply these inventions is what really determines their usefulness and effect on society.
Example: The invention of the spear. By itself, it still couldn't bring down a bison. But as a tool used as part of a larger cooperative hunting tactics, they brought down many a Bison back in the day. CrackBerries, iPhones, iPods, and the like are no different.


George   May 10th, 2010 11:22 am ET

What's the point? I think it's obvious this was intended as lighthearted self deprecating humor. Aren't there other stories that could be posed on the front page of CNN.com?


Scooby   May 10th, 2010 11:23 am ET

A year ago didn't he say he wanted our internet to be the best in the world and give access to everyone in the country at a cheep price . Again this dorf is just another prez who wants what he wants and not what the people want. DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO. What a Moran !@#$%^&**(...


IllIlI   May 10th, 2010 11:24 am ET

Mr President....JUST SAY NO! The last thing we need is for the White House to become one of the mindless Apple Fanboiz that bend and break to the mere suggestions spewed forth from Steve Jobs.


George   May 10th, 2010 11:24 am ET

Hey Scoob...Moron spell the work "Moran". I think you're a little too worked up man.


Chris   May 10th, 2010 11:26 am ET

"With iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations – none of which I know how to work"

I'm thinking Obama meant that he doesn't know how to use the latter items (Xbox, PS3, and newly released iPad). I'm sure he doesn't play video games and didn't camp outside an Apple Store to buy a new iPad. Plus he uses a Blackberry and may not know how to use an iPhone which is similar to the iPad OS.


Don C   May 10th, 2010 11:26 am ET

The News here is that he criticizes what he says he doesn't understand...and he's the Pres...scary


Joe   May 10th, 2010 11:27 am ET

Well, this is just pathetic. Just an attempt at Government to suppress the spread of information. Sounds familiar – 1984?

I am not trying to start a political debate here, and am not taking sides, but any politician would rather people not have access to information.

Access to information is the greatest power people have. Access to multiple sources of information is even better.

Would you rather have fast information which could be inaccurate and later verify it with other sources, or information that is slowly leaked and tailored in a calculated fashion, edited and dictated by the Governments of the world. I believe this is called propaganda.

With all due respect to the president, no thanks. This is not about republicans and democrats – this is about both sides and trying to suppress the people. Believe what you want. I will keep my multiple sources of information. In every lie, there is a truth.

Let's not let Big Brother take over.


guesthereandeverywhere   May 10th, 2010 11:27 am ET

Obama said he couldn't use an Ipod a week earlier when he gave the University of Michigan Commencement Address... but then no one cares because we aren't a Historically Black College...


Jodi   May 10th, 2010 11:28 am ET

I believe one of the points of the article is to reveal a possible contradiction, period. How many have there been? Will we only listen to what is said at the moment? Should we only concern ourselves with the most current speeches only?
It is not wrong to question.
Suggestion: Read over what you write before you submit. If you use wrong words and bad grammer it is kind of hard to understand what you are complaining about.
I am glad we still have freedom of speech.


Chris   May 10th, 2010 11:28 am ET

Well technically most newer blackberry's play mp3's and what not, so he's all set in that department anyway lol, he's got all he needs


Valyazhnaya   May 10th, 2010 11:29 am ET

LOL at everyone apologizing for Obama's words. What if G.W. Bush would have said the same thing about technology? You people would be jumping down his dark-ages throat.


Enzo   May 10th, 2010 11:29 am ET

Why does this matter? Because anyone dumb enough not to know how to work an iPod shouldn't be president of the United States. If you are incapable of working basic technology, then you have zero right to tell the rest of us anything. How can the US lead the world in science and technology when our own president is that dumb?


Scooby   May 10th, 2010 11:30 am ET

OK sorry, I don't live on the computer . And you put "work" instead of "word" so there, It's not just me.


kooks   May 10th, 2010 11:31 am ET

The President was referring to entertainment technology and gadgets being distractions and a potential time issue. He mentioned video games along with i-pods as a general reference, saying he did not know how to use them. He only slightly mis-spoke, probably meaning to convey he did not play video games.


Amoi   May 10th, 2010 11:32 am ET

Geez...I don't even know how to work an ipod. What is this the true measure of? I seriously hope the President of the United States has more imortant things to do than worry about what music is playing???


What A Joke   May 10th, 2010 11:33 am ET

He can't run the country without screwing that up. What would make one think he can do anything else, except tie his shoes. But thats why they invented velcro.


Jason   May 10th, 2010 11:36 am ET

I find it fun that so many people are bashing this "blog." I mean afterall, this president ran his campaign through technological outlets. Now that he's elected, all this tech is a distraction? I could care less that he does not know how to use an Ipod. However, what bothers me is that he made a point of showing us his "technological" skills when he was running.


Damn   May 10th, 2010 11:38 am ET

It was just a JOKE!!! Damn!!


Nastydaddy   May 10th, 2010 11:39 am ET

It's an apple product, what do you expect?


Lancian   May 10th, 2010 11:40 am ET

This article just proves his point, I'm sure a lot of his speech was informative and insprational, however everyone is "distracted" by the iPod comment, funny huh?


Jennifer   May 10th, 2010 11:40 am ET

Ok seriously yall dont have anything better to do than to find the littlest thing to make it into a story....i have had ipods, i touches, blackberrys sidekicks, and all but i know how to do enough to get by. SO WHAT who CARES...who ever called him a moran is one himself cuz why are u hating on the PResident???
GET A LIFE


James Spinney   May 10th, 2010 11:41 am ET

Apple products were designed for people who where too incompitent to understand how a PC is operated. See for yourself; an apple product is little more than something that's already out on the market, but an apple product will be simply "shinier". I don't know who the joke is on here, but I'd say the joke's on the article writer, who probably boasts his "iPod comprehension". Congratulations! You're medicore.


brian   May 10th, 2010 11:41 am ET

i think he was pretty clearly joking.

i'm surprised there was an entire article dedicated to this. it blows my mind how every word Obama says gets combed over in this detail, like there is some deeper hidden meaning.


G   May 10th, 2010 11:44 am ET

Trashy Blog. He(Obama) just to mean Blogers or any other media outlet like yours. Focused on sound bit and make it news which is the fact in this blog. Sorry to that!!! I think you got lost from the message he was talking about. THE MESSAGE WAS FOR YOU!!!! PEOPLE TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY READ!!! SOMETHING LIKE YOUR!!!!!


Peter Myers   May 10th, 2010 11:44 am ET

He gave us such a wonderful speech, and all you can point out is that you don't believe he can work an ipod? I think you missed the point of his speech entirely.


DL Nelson   May 10th, 2010 11:47 am ET

If we used every bit of technology were on every social network, there would be not time for anything else, so picking and choosing what we use does not make us non-techies but selective techies.


G   May 10th, 2010 11:49 am ET

I just questioned the maturity of this Blogger!!! Wawww!!!!


Nelson   May 10th, 2010 11:49 am ET

The point to get from his address is not how stupid he is, but how much he fears information he cannot control.


Peanut Gallery   May 10th, 2010 11:54 am ET

Hyperbole, this word is not mentioned or utilized once in the above article...

When did it become acceptable for new articles to cover the inane while completely overlooking the obvious?


Jessy   May 10th, 2010 11:57 am ET

I never liked iPods anyways. They're just expensive paper weights.


Brian   May 10th, 2010 11:57 am ET

He's lying to make himself look cooler than he is.


matthew leavey   May 10th, 2010 11:59 am ET

I guess literally NO ONE who listened to the speech is familiar with self-deprecating humor or sarcasm? Consider the audience, people. It's a bunch of kids who graduated and are elated to have done so – and as such it's important Obama maintains a light-hearted tone.

Save the serious commentary for future Obama speeches that actually warrant it – like ones about war or poverty.

His over-arching suggestion is not that he can't use technology – he can. It's that strict dependence on technology poses broad risk. It's true on a large scale (banking for example) and on a smaller one (changes to an individuals psychology when the brain is no longer forced to problem-solve).


tonymoro13   May 10th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

Why is this on CNN? Why is this worthy to be considered to be "news"? This is garbage.


Don C   May 10th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

To people who say things like:

"i think he was pretty clearly joking."

I did not hear anyone laughing. His fear of the American Right of dissension and people using their right to Free Speech is stupifying to me.

Anyone who votes for this guy again should be ashamed in advance.

Oh and I don't "hate" him or anyone else I just believe that as an adult I do have the ability to discern good information from bad as he clearly alluded to most people were not capable of.


Drew   May 10th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

Uh who cares if he can't work it or not, what does this have to do with his job? iPods suck anyway!


SATAN   May 10th, 2010 12:08 pm ET

Hai guys did you hear abot Ted Kennedy?
Ted Kennedy Died of Brain Cancer at Age 77 sometime ago.
Thats horrible. :[


suzy diamond   May 10th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

Sorry, but some of us are NOT surprised!


Richard   May 10th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

This is news? Seriously?


Andrey   May 10th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

Zunes are awesome. He could problebly work those! There so easy to use and not as small as Ipods. There easy to find and stuff.


Alek   May 10th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

I believe him. I don't use an iPod. If I did, I'd listen to music I like to the point of disliking it. I can think of a million reasons why someone wouldn't be interested in owning an iPod (or learning to use one for that matter).


Mel   May 10th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

The President of the United States was trying to make a valid point about how the oversaturation of data in our society is trivializing information, and the headline that a CNN blogger got out of that was "Obama Can't Work An iPod?" Come on. Way to misdirect your readers.


Michael   May 10th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

My 7 year old is already better at using a computer to browse for information on the internet than my parents, and he types faster too. I've always been a tech geek, but I know the day will come that I will have grandkids who think I am clueless about tech. Darn kids!


Chris   May 10th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Mr. Producer, you really are taking this quotes too seriously. I agree, THIS IS NOT NEWS. Please, learn to be a journalist.


EMMA   May 10th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

Ummmmmmm, I have an ipod and don't know how it works either, my daughter and god-daughter load my music on there for me. I just tell them the artist andwhat song. I hate reading directions,etc. I just go to the itune store look what's there and tell them what I want LOLOLOL. When I have a question I just ask the kids. I don't have time to figure out every gadget that comes into existence. I just adapt and keep it movin'!!!


cg   May 10th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I pod I pad what ever the F, this is for the younger people.
Older people don't have time for this S. Besides it make older people look like a damn fool.


Are you Serious???   May 10th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I agree with Matthew Leavey...

As a parent of a future Hampton University graduate (class of 2011) I would much rather discuss the over 1000 graduates and their families that had the priviledge of the President of the United States as their Commencement speaker on yesterday. We were very proud of his speech and I don't think anyone walked away thinking about the fact that the president jokingly said that he couldn't use an IPOD.


Pedro   May 10th, 2010 12:14 pm ET

Put down the xbox controllers & pick up the spliffs people!


Matt   May 10th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

So basically, CNN feels threatened from "disingenuous remarks" it's not that Obama is saying 24/7 media is bad, it just has to be metered.


Andrey   May 10th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

THIS ISNT SCIENCE THIS IS POO!


Andrey   May 10th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

IS THIS SPARTA? NO! THIS IS HYRULE


Andrey   May 10th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

SPAGHETTI


PINGAS   May 10th, 2010 12:19 pm ET

SPAGHETTI


Jay   May 10th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

Obama lied, he was willing to say any thing to become president. I think he owes McCain an apology for characterizing him as out of touch with technology.


Andrey   May 10th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

Spaghetti!


georgie   May 10th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagheeeetttiiiii!


snoop0x7b   May 10th, 2010 12:23 pm ET

I think Obama was trying to exaggerate to make a point ... I think it's kind of ridiculous that a soundbyte like this is news...


NotApple   May 10th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

He had a Zune on his campaign trail. dig up some old pictures. If the Zune wasn't so darn ugly, I'd use one too.


vernonfueston   May 10th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

I recall during the presidential campaign that Obama's people floated the criticism that McCain didn't use email and was therefore some sort of dinosaur. That one died when it was learned that he doesn't type because of his war injuries received as a guest at the Hanoi Hilton. Now we have a president who can't work in iPod. Go figure.


Lance   May 10th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

yes he knows how to use his Ipod, i think he was addressing the distraction of texting and striking a balance with these toys and tools.
use them, don't let them use you.


smallie   May 10th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

Y'all should be happy that your president can't work an ipod because @ least that means he's not wasting his time listening to music or watching videos, but actually running the country!! I can't believe this article would even mention hypocrisy here...he didn't ask anyone to stop using ipods, he only mentioned the dangers of technology which I'm sure everyone at some point has thought about...give him a break for pete's sake!


L   May 10th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

This is really Stupid– Who Cares.

This is not freaking news.


Carlos   May 10th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

I don't think he is being truthful. When Michael Jackson died he stated that he had all his hits on his iPod. So C'mon now... what is it Mr. Prez?


ballz   May 10th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

dull day in the white house apparently...shame there isnt any national crisis going on that could be addressed


Dimitri Isabell   May 10th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

CNN have you lost touch with REAL news??? this is pathetic!


John Doe   May 10th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Another thing that he can't do. I think number #1 is "not able to be a good president"


joann   May 10th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

Does anyone think it's cool to brag how techno-illiterate you are? It just makes you seem dumb and out of touch.


Meghan   May 10th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

Sheesh. How in the world is this NEWS?


Tiff   May 10th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

Who really cares?! Waste of actual news to me...


Mo   May 10th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

As others have said: THIS IS NOT NEWS.
Just another example of why I've gravitated toward BBC. Anyone keeping track of the articles about the ipad and what's being said on twitter? How about the countless meaningless articles featuring Susan Boyle that would just not stop coming last year? Ridiculous. Is there nothing more important to feature? I used to call you my main news source, CNN.


Hexdragon   May 10th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

I find it amusing that the posts below dramatically so what he was talking about. Within minutes of uttering those words, they were reported on the Web.

And suddenly someone is saying that he wants to control what is on the web. Shortly followed up by comments about him not being smart enough to run an ipod, and then all the anti/pro iPod / Apple comments.

It is fine for everyone to have an opinion, but do we need to know every single stray thought in your head???

He was talking about people getting so reliant on technology that they can not figure out how much to leave for a tip without a calculator.

But what i find the most humorous is this if it was "W", no one would question if he was joking or not, because we already knew that he couldn't run an iPod...


Skegee   May 10th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

Big deal- half the other president's up until now probably couldn't work a typewritter. LOL I'm quite sure he was kidding anyway.


Atticusr5   May 10th, 2010 12:54 pm ET

why does this even matter, who cares ipod use does not matter for the President of the United States...dumb


Chris D   May 10th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

This blog is exactly the type of distraction that the president mentions


justin   May 10th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

omg wow this just makes him look dumber and dumber my 5 year old cuss can work a i pod and her can he is just dunb and alll you demacrats who are going to flag this you are stupid for even going to cnn go to fox news if you want a reall story thant matters go TEA PARTY


chris   May 10th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

You can't just say "Well I bet Bush and Cheney DEFINITELY don't know how to use those things." Why? Because they're "old" and "white"? And even if Bush, Cheney, and Obama don't know how you use these devices, so what?

Not many people just know exactly how to use new technological devices the first time they pick them up. So I'd imagine that Obama and other politicians, who have much more important things to do than play COD MW2 (like say, run a country) probably wouldn't know how to REALLY work a PS3 until they sat down and used it for a while.


justin   May 10th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

OBAMA NO BAMA


chris   May 10th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Justin, as a Republican I feel like I have the right to tell you to shut up. You misspelled "dunb", "alll", "demacrats", "reall", and "thant" in the same breath that you called others dumb and stupid.

No wonder people have a negative perception of the Tea Party. People like you provide the Democrats with enough fodder for a lifetime.


sam123   May 10th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Sounds like he is promoting the BLACKBERRY against the other gadgets. Probably he is heading the Sales division of RIM?? LOL.


Andrew   May 10th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

this is not news. The most trusted source of news in America..is starting to look a lot like my local news networks


rev_cletus   May 10th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

So what?

Neither do I.

Someone wanna fill up their website with a pointless story about *me*?

Of course not; that would be...pointless.


Pedro   May 10th, 2010 1:04 pm ET

he was making a joke about being old (compared to university students). it was a joke. as in a statement that's not necessarily true, but told for the sake of humor. people laughed because it was funny. only an idiot would take it literally.


Crim   May 10th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

Why should this even matter? I think we should be having discussions on more important issues! because Obama, or any president for that matter would need to know how to use an ipod to do his job....Seriously guys...seriously.....


Scott Peters   May 10th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

THIS is exactly what is wrong with American Media....


anonymous   May 10th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

I totally agree with those who have stated that this is NOT newsworthy! Geesh- who cares if he knows how to work an ipod or not?


John   May 10th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Obama used a large group of young kids to make it look like he was technically hip. In reality, all he knew how to do was email from his Blackberry. I am positive he would be totally lost using any new gaget or one that takes some technical prowess. Let's face it, he is not that smart. He speaks well, but look at all of his decisions so far. None have been thought out well and were totally driven by his personal political motivations. He loves to use the term "historic", even when he should have used the word "horrific." He is just a horrible leader, not very smart and will hopefully get the message this November that he needs to stop spending all our tax dollars on his poorly conceived policies.


jdub87   May 10th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

I haven't heard the actual statement on video, which is the true test. It's quite possible that this statement should be taken sarcastically. Such an indication would be most likely revealed by a tone of voice. Unfortunately, tone of voice doesn't translate well to typed comments.


crabman   May 10th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

ya so i can't use one either i guess i
'm off the perfect list too dam


Dave   May 10th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

This is another example of how supposed Journalists can take a snippet of information out of context to give it a whole new meaning - a meaning designed specifically to fit the biased message they wish to send. The only people you fool are the unenlightened. Maybe Sutter didn't have Ethics courses back in the days he attended college.


Jes   May 10th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

I think he was referring to just the xBox and Playstation when he said he didn't know how to work them.


Lilfut   May 10th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

He's got more important things to do than use an iPod. He's the President.

Also he's 30.


NewsJunkie09   May 10th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

I'll never understand the comment "Who cares?". Why would you click on the news link if you don't care? And of course he was kidding, pay attention to what does not what he says.


leikela   May 10th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

Did Apple not give Obama enough money or is Microsoft really padding the pockets?


Aaron   May 10th, 2010 1:20 pm ET

You're reading his statements too literally. Of course he can turn on an iPad and move the screen around and run an application, but that's not the point. What he, and I, and many sensible don't know is how to fit the new cacophonic jangle of pointless technology into a useful slot in our lives. How many people have you seen texting while driving? They obviously don't need to do that. They're either addicted or distracted or something... whatever it is, it's not right.


Sharon   May 10th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

What a hypocrite. Perhaps the rest of us are not worthy or "smart enough" to use these tools with responsibility.


Joel   May 10th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

Is this article necessary? We all know he can work an ipod. Obama was making the same joke everyone makes–old people don't know how to work things. The point of the speech is that readers must be the editors and the fact-checkers. Can we please discuss that rather than whether he know how to play GTA IV or not?


Morris   May 10th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

I can't understand why the president would show he is a liar on such a stupid thing. We all know he wasn't born to an auristocratic family. So don't lie, it doesn't help the image.


Wow   May 10th, 2010 1:24 pm ET

Really? Are you serious?
Im sure Mr. Obama has much more to do than worry about what you think about him not being able to use a stupid Ipod. Last time I checked he has two hands two feet and a brain like most of us, and I can tell you, many americans and non americans DO NOT know how to use an Ipod, nor could care less! smh!


miguel   May 10th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

The President has much more important business to take care of than wasting time listening to music. I know its hard for those under 30 to believe but Music does NOT rock the world – Actions matter.
This president also has better things to do than go Mountain Biking everyday, like W, or Nap like Reagan....
Obama is changing our country rapidly...in Iraq, Afghanistan, Health, etc. anyone who thinks differently has only to witness the PushBack from the Tea heads, who think this is 1774. Now if we can move on Immigration and the enviornment, not to mention energy policy...that will be wonderful. Change is Life, get aboard or be left behind.


Sorry_for_not_hating_you   May 10th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

THIS JUST IN OBAMA URINATES STANDING!!!
By: Some overpaid Guy

Is this in insult to men and women that performs this sitting? It must be. Statistics show that 50% of American uninate sitting. How will this affect the polls.

Come on CNN. dont make me lose respect for you guys. lets put up some real news. Your starting to sound like Fox News


Deek61   May 10th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

I think you guys waste a lot of time reporting on unnecessary things. Stay focus on things that more essential to the nation than reporting on iPods or iPads.


Verise   May 10th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

The President had a valid point in his address and that point, concerning the negative side of the information explosion and how technology can at times negatively impact productivity and efficiency, is worthy of examination and discussion. However, I was shocked at the poor judgment shown by his comment about not being able to operate an IPod. It was an obvious lie in which he contradicted previous statements he has made. If he is willing to lie in a public speech about something so trivial to get a laugh... how can we trust him to not lie about more important issues? What in the world was he thinking to undermine his credibility over something so silly?


RICK   May 10th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

Maybe he was reading Former Gov from Illionois Blago's commencement speech on accident.


Sniffit   May 10th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

"he's just another old white man that was marketed as a young black man."

And you're just another Limbaugh talking point regurgitator with a deeply ingrained subconcious racist streak.


Marc   May 10th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

I think we should start impeachment hearings. He lied!!! ...or not.


jwoo   May 10th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

It's hysterical how everyone is saying what Obama meant to say. Glad you all can read his mind.


Daniel   May 10th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

I would expect nothing less from a man who has yet to tell the truth about anything. He once again is trying to silence the people who disagree with him and now that the technology "that he hates" is getting the word out about his lies, he doesn't like it one bit! Sorry Obama, the real truth is getting aout and there's nothing you can do to stop it. See you in November!


Mick Mack   May 10th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

So, he's texting O'Monica.


Rob   May 10th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

How is this news ... a cat being ran over a car is much as news as this.... RETARDED


Special ED   May 10th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

what gives ..only 30% if the top iCnn iTech story's are iNews related.... are the Apple bribes to iCnn slowing down?


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

Are all of you so stupid as to miss the point? He is saying, don't read the news, it says bad things about me. Just believe what I tell you. Hitler said these very things, and actually destroyed the open press. You young ingnorant spoiled kids deserve the future that is coming your way.


Charlie   May 10th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

He is right.Information is getting faster to take and people are missing the real meaning and interpretation of information as fast as they come.
Nowadays,we are in a world of grabbing as much as one could get without making quality use of many things especially information.
Education has a way of installing discipline,calm and most importantly the ability to make full use of little information available to create bigger and better ideas.
I totally agree with him.
Most people interpret this article on literal basis.Lets get more logical here guys!!


Ivan   May 10th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

As a web developer/coder I completely sympathize with Obama's point of view. There simply is too much – how can an uneducated populace not feel overwhelmed by political minutiae, confusing economics, and the constant thunder that is internet overreaction (blogosphere, twitter, etc) to everything in the media?

A common base must ground a populace. The information superhighway, untamed, can be a destabilizing force, as an uneducated people simply gravitate to what sounds safe and familiar to them.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

As long as he knows how to press the red button...


Robert   May 10th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

This story is exactly what he's talking about. Media seekers, wake up!


Bill   May 10th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

hmm, utopia. Isn't that partially where Karl Marx came up with his idea of communism? Guess we really are headed to a socialist society. Sad.


Joe   May 10th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

What do you expect – this is the same guy that thought there were 57 states....not exactly the sharpest tack on the wall...


melton   May 10th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

No. You are all missing the point entirely here. And, that is that the pres just outright lied. You people all love to be deceived and believe whatever is told you. No wonder we are such a sad state as a nation.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

hey flip wilson – you mean a world where we are in debt up to our eyeballs, the ice caps are melting and we have not improved the average MPG on vehicles over the past 30 years? Thanks for the future old-timers!


Brandon   May 10th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I think it is RIDICULOUS that Obama cannot work an ipod! If you're the president, aren't you supposed to be intelligent. My 12-yr old cousin has an ipod. He seems to be able to use it just fine. What if Obama needs to send more troops to Iraq, but he needs to get pumped up to do so... no iPod? That means no Metallica or Death Metal songs to pump him up nor any NWA to get him in the mood. Pathetic left-wing liberal propaganda-spoutin hippie is all he is! Go Bush!


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Pete,

Your generation really is spoiled, beyond hope. BTW, I'm 27. Pretty damn old huh?


Blessed Geek   May 10th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

Thank you President Obama for saying what's in my mind.

I think Ipods and Ipads are a waste of time. They are suitable for people willing to spend premium $$$ kidding around with silly toys. A laptop or a touchpad PC on Linux is all we need.


mattmchugh   May 10th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

I'd be more worried by a Commander-in-Chief who spent a lot of time playing Halo and Splinter Cell.

BTW, notice he left off the Wii. He probably just couldn't bear that much loss of cred with his pre-teen kids.

– mm


RedStar   May 10th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

People know that every president has lied to their face time after time? Of course! Come on folks. They do what they have to do to make you believe them and the longer in office, the better they are at lying to you.

CNN – this is not news. Geez


Brad   May 10th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

He was making a self-deprecating joke.


Brandon   May 10th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Bill, you're an idiot. Why would you not strive for a utopian society? Let me assume you are republican?


JC   May 10th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

So what? This is just another example of the trivial matters discussed by the media.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Flip, if you are only 27, who are the young ignorant spoiled kids you are addressing? 12 year olds?


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:00 pm ET

Nah, 12 year olds are smarter than you.


Obama Enemy List Wannabe   May 10th, 2010 2:00 pm ET

So, we are right, he really is clueless....


Areece   May 10th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

How does this affect his policies etc. It has no bearing so why is this news??? Only the media knows. Thanks CNN for another eye-opening report! (sarcasm intended!)


otto   May 10th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

I bothered to read the entire transcript of the President's remarks. Of the approximately 2500 words of this speech all the hoopla centers around the 100 or so words that apply to iPods, iPads and Xboxes (I assume mostly because the word "iPad" is blazing hot these days). I tend to think that the President's comment "none of which I know how to work" was a bit tongue-in-cheek as it clearly was intended to raise a chuckle. So once again the news media gets wrapped around the axle with an irrelevant story. The President addresses a commencement exercise to inspire America's youth. The news reports that he can't work an iPod. Bravo members of the 4th Estate!


Joe   May 10th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

I agree with andrey,
THIS IS HYRULE!
LINK FOR PRES!


Pete   May 10th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Brandon – right on...Bill is an idiot.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

I'm addressing the same dumazz crowd that Obama did, the graduating class of college. Apparently they have been sneaking over to FoxNews and he got P.O.'d.


Brandon   May 10th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

flip wilson... don't you play for the pistons? or did you get traded? what team are you on now?


Bob   May 10th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

As you may recall, President Obama had to surrender his BlackBerry when he entered the Oval Office because the Presidential Records Act and various national security concerns combine to make it necessary for him to limit his use of commercial communications media. As a result, he uses a on-off BlackBerry-like device supplied by the Department of Defense, which is capable of handling secure communications. It probably doesn't come in an iPod version.


Sky   May 10th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

A lot of people know how to work an iPod but not sync it with iTunes or put music on it. A lot of people can play an Xbox but couldn't hook it up to their TV. It wouldn't surprise me if Obama fell into this category.


It's a blog   May 10th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

For those you who say this is not news – you're right. You're reading it on a blog.


Brandon   May 10th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

flip... you just said dumazz. not sure if you realized that. if you are 12 years older than pete, then i'm assuming pete is about 2. no one over the age of 14 should be saying anything like "dumazz"


Pete   May 10th, 2010 2:05 pm ET

Flip – you are SO much Older and Wiser than those really Young college grads who are a whole 6 years younger than you. What would we do without your guidance in these trying times of iPods and the future of technology. You are a blessing not to be taken for granted!


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

LOL, said it just so you'd understand what I was saying. You probably have never seen it spelled correctly in your expansive lifetime.


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

No one has understanding. No one has wisdom. Those with eyes cannot see and those with ears cannot hear. They will remain deceived until death...


Dave   May 10th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Good grief, are people really this incapable of recognizing simple rhetorical devices for what they are?


mike   May 10th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

This is an outrage! Everyone knows how to work an Ipod.
Shheesh. When my mom comes down to the my pad in the basement with the pizza bites, she always picks up my ipod and is capable of listening to my Glen Beck mp3 files without my assistance- its so totally simple!
Obama is a menace ! Oh ya- down with healthcare!


Brandon   May 10th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

not to mention you just did LOL


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

And with a name like "Brandon", I'm guessing you're between 19.5 and 21.75 years old.


RedStar   May 10th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

Its a blog – Have your coffee? the blog is discussing what our president said to reporters, so it is NEWS. Poor, weak news, but this blog is discussing NEWS.


Tigerlily   May 10th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Poetic license people sheesh... he was making a joke. In the context of his speech – to students – he was just trying to make a point about education being important in order to have a disciplined mind to focus and make productive use of technology, and not just get endlessly distracted by it's intellectual "junkfood". He's got a Blackberry - maybe he meant to say iPhone (not iPod)... that thing has like a zillion "apps" that are very very distracting. Clearly the author if this blog is getting distracted... by taking every single word the President utters too literally AND out of context.


Tim L.   May 10th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

The speech was probably written by dear Vice President Joe Biden.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Melton, please spare us from reading your cereal box head line news pseudo-intellectual philosophical BS. You should hook up with Flip and the rest of the Tea Bagging Nazis.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

Did you miss the part about, "some of what is being said doesn't measure up on the truth meter"...

Next he will shut down those media outlets that he deams "unsafe for you to read".


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

You people love being lied to at every turn. Just read this drivel and see the closed minded ones that adamantly profess to be deceived. It is sickening the mindless comments of those who know not any truth...


Beth   May 10th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Rich-

THANK YOU! These stories make me so angry. Must have been yet another slow news day.


George   May 10th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

I think he was probably saying that he didn't know how to work the ipad, Xbox, and the PlayStation. I'm sure he knows how to use the ipod. I'm 30 yrs old and don't know how to use an ipad, xbox or Playstation.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

Pete, spoken like a true Obama storm trooper youth. Why don't you just go turn your parents in for cheating on their taxes. You'll get a ribbon from the O-man.


John   May 10th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

I think what he is trying to say is, people are getting information about what he is doing through all these different sources & it is getting harder for him to hide the truth. He will likely try to put some kind of tax onto these systems in an attempt to get people to use the mainstream media which caters directly to him. Another step towards Socialism.


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

The sheeple blindly being led to the slaughter, for they know not where they are going...


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

Beth, don't remark on someone's comment from so far back, I don't like to scroll so much. Haven't you heard of "cut and paste"...


For Real   May 10th, 2010 2:16 pm ET

Man, it must be true and the unemployment rate is raising. You people need jobs. Wanna mow my lawn? $25 a week, must weedeat also.


Johnpcace   May 10th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Give the guy a break yes I am sure he mis-spoke about not knowing how to work this stuff. He was more likely trying to point out the dangerous of information overload that there is these days such as working 24/7 because you can and do work away from the office as well as the speed at which we can get info. Yes you can get the info fast but it is not always accurately reported the first time we get the info and only after some time is the info complete and accurate. You take the good with the bad.


David   May 10th, 2010 2:18 pm ET

I am a technology director of a large organization and I have never worked any of those things either. They haven't been relevant in my life. Does our President need to know the details of every gizmo to be qualified? Personally, I would prefer a President who doesn't have time to get proficient with these leasure devices, don't you?


Pete   May 10th, 2010 2:18 pm ET

Flip – live another 10+ years...you MIGHT actually know a thing or two about the world...probably not though. You youngsters still have some living to do. Talk about being spoiled...you have it much easier than the ones who came before you which is not a good thing–with life being easier, idiots like you are allowed to flourish without earning the right to.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

He's not saying "information overload" is bad, he is saying truth coming out about his real agenda is bad. Slight difference, but an important one.


Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Flip, if you would just stop responding, people would respect you a lot more and not think you a freaking moron like melton is.

Melton and Flip – please just stop responding. Spare us your political banter that you received from your stupid republican parents who believe the same thing as your grandparents, because they were never taught how to think.

You have been successful at making everyone on this blog less intelligent. Kudos!

PS – can we be boyfriends?


chris   May 10th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

How much endorsement is CNN getting from APPLE and how much different combinations of "news" can they come up with that has IPods and IPads in them?

When they don't have news, mind as well sell something.


ndkarateka   May 10th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

More hyperbole from a man who tells you what he wants you to believe from day to day. This is his “Awe shucks, I’m just like you’ll” shtick. The problem he has with technology, which brings all of us information whenever we need it, is he has a tougher time controlling the narrative, and the emperors clothes are starting to disappear.


Choco Boco   May 10th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

OMG people, of course he was joking, hence the laughs from the crowd. What the f-, is the POTUS no longer allowed to have a sense of humor? Do you people think he was being serious when he said he bowls like a retard too? Give me a break America.


Frankie   May 10th, 2010 2:24 pm ET

@ Franko:
Bitter?


Jeff of Peoria   May 10th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

That was probably the first time he read the speech. You're giving him WAY TOO MUCH credit that what he says he actually means.


Fan of Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Funk is the man! Way to sniff out the super right-winged neo-nazi conservative racist plantation owner wanna-be yank-os! Flip and Melton are RIDCULOUSLY void of original thought as their parents were before them. We must stay strong and keep their precious Sarah Palin from gaining any more momentum!!!


MADMAX   May 10th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Not sure why he'd lie about something like this. Because he made it fit his message? Does he think we really are that forgetful? He will lie about anything.

From an article written in 2008:

Presidential playlist: Obama opens up his iPod
Angela Balakrishnan guardian.co.uk,
Wednesday 25 June 2008 11.44 BST


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

Behold, he that ridicules, he that practices deception, your great accuser giving blame. Get Behind Me Satan!!!


SteveM   May 10th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

At least he knows how to work a blackberry. Bush couldn't even tie his own shoes.


GIveMeFreeStuff   May 10th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

I understand GWB knew how to work an iPod. I can only image this statement coming out of GWB's mouth. SLN and Daily would be parodying his speech..

I agree its irrelevant actually the article is irrelevant. I agree with BHO. The 24/7 news cycle has killed journalism. How can one experience something, write and article, get quotes, send to editor, verify quotes, fix edit and publish to an online paper in <60 minutes? Especially if its senators and congress people that are being quoted and checked.

Candor and debate are lost. They are replaced with 15-30 second sound bytes. Try to cover sometime of substance in 160 characters (Tweet) or a 15-30 sound byte. It is not possible. So we are subject to rancor. It is disgusting.


Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

melton, you're dumb


mj   May 10th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

No surprise here! He has trouble reading the teleprompter! The Queen, however, has probably found his "gift" entertaining.


Stephen E. Stafford   May 10th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

I hear the ipod comment as a rhetorical flourish or device. It is common for older persons to laughingly gripe that they do not know how to work all these modern gadgets. I think the audience understood that and did not take the comment in a purely literal way.
While parsing President Obama's every breath, please pay attention to his main point: get more education; get it now.


Fan of Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

Melton – stop reading the bible. It lowers IQ and causes brain cancer. No, wait, please continue reading the bible.


sam   May 10th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

He was making a joke!! If Obama had to run our country through ipods and X-boxes then this would be serious, but he doesn't and it's not.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

Pete, I knew you were a gullible punk. I am 49. I served on nuclear sub during the Reagan years. My first battle was off the Faulkland Islands, yes the US was there. I met Ronald and shook his hand in Lansing Michigan at the airport when he was campainging. I'm kinda sad that I fought for your freedom of speach. But at least it is still free for me to speak.

And you are still a dumazz.


arnie   May 10th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Obama us lying about this, like many other things. He is clearly going for humor and trying to play the victim, which is what liberals are good at. The reason that technology is a threat to him is that he is being called out on all his nonsense, bad policies, ignorance and young mind foolishness. Obama is nothing special, if he can't use an iPod that he is not quite as smart as my 2 year old, who uses it just fine.


Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

flip... you mean speech. jesus christ.


Tech-tainment   May 10th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Obama is not being disingenuous.

I think he was being humorously serious when he said he can't work an iPod to make a point. I think you are smart enough to see that.

This is a serious social and educational problem. There's no mis-labeling it or laughing it off because we've become a more technological driven economy and culture.

I've been observing for the last 5, especially when the iPhone came out, and in the various tech-conversations I have been discussing that what you see is what I call "tech-tainment". That there's a difference between pro-use and entertainment-use of gadgets. Thats the difference between a BlackBerry and an iPhone – the tech-tainment difference.

A good example of this are those geeks who are at the helm of its use and advancement and obsessiviness with such gadgetry. Their overzealous ways is what got them all in legal trouble over that iPhone prototype.

The key here is the difference between tools and gadgets. GADGET's distract, entertain and don't contribute to anything meaningful in knowledge, personal, career and/or social progression. TOOLS are focused, simple and actually do help you, do not distract or make you obsessive about them.

Obama I think is a pro-user. One that uses technology to get something done, to progress, to expand your horizon's and build upon or help support bigger more important goals. Perhap's Obama simply knows how to hit play with shuffle, but not how to change icons and download thousands of apps and tweet meaningless things. He's a great example of staying focused and if you don't know HOW to use a certain trendy tech-tainment device, then that says a lot about how that person has disciplined themselves in dedicating time to gadgets or tools that matter in what they are trying to do.

Obama is NOT a hypocrite. I think that the Apple cult geek member's Apple cultist website AppleInsider, doesn't see that. Obama uses a Blackberry because it helps him get something done. It's a tool, it's focused as a business device. The Blackberry has it's roots in the PDA world of Palm OS devices, etc. which at this point are very passé. These devices were from a time when even computers were a tool, not a distraction or a form of entertainment. And soc.ial sites are part of this problem because then our tools have become entertainment gadgets that support or are designed around those meaningless distractions.

The operating system has become an entertainment kiosk practically. And the real troubling part is that kid's and young adults don't know about how computers were more a business and educational tool, and marketed as such.

Technologically speaking, that's the educational, economical and social challenge if not problem as we move forward.

Thank you Mr. President for being smart enough to discuss this issue. I'm extremely glad we have a president that can actually even understand those implications of technology and entertainment.


MADMAX   May 10th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

I'm reading these posts and I can tell that the majority are Obama supporters. All the comments defending him and all. I don't care one way or the other that he can or can't use an IPOD. What I do care about is how easily he can lie when the motivation hits him.

He blatantly lied because back in 2008 he, I'm sure to garner votes, made a big deal about his IPOD playlist. So, stop defending him all the time and call him on his lies. This isn't the first or the worst, and it surely won'r be his last.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

Flip – so you are also a liar. Nice job buddy!


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

For there will come a day when we will be divided right and left, for those who know Him, and those that do no know. Those who know him well will meet Him in the air. Alleujah! For those that do no know, they will hear "Depart, I knew you not!" Yes, we will be divided right and left...


You Got Rick Rolled!   May 10th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up,
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry,
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up,
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry,
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give
(give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give
(give you up)

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it


Oshanea   May 10th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

Hey Obama not to jugde your thinking but why does this matter
everybody is going 2 find their way


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

Pete, I bet you don't know that George W. the First was Reagan's V.P.?


Barry   May 10th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

Sounds more and more he is a habitual liar. He wants to make himself popular with ALL people, so he says what is immediately appropiate. Here is another lie catching up to him......take a listen..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M7Rp_Ghv6k


Funk   May 10th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

flip... you're name is "Flip". Enough said. stop talking.


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

Behold, this is what the brood of Satan does...they practice every form of deceit and lies, they point and accuse, demean, insult, use vulgar language and they condemn all that is good. You now know them by their works, their actions and words...


Logan   May 10th, 2010 2:42 pm ET

This is kind of pathetic. It's fairly obvious that whole "none of which I know how to work" thing was a bit of sarcasm. Now, the innacuracy of digital information is pretty much a no-brainer. There's tons of websites devoted to celebrity gossip, most of which is false. The whole point is about not getting distracted by all the information that is available, like, on the web, and pay more attention to the news feeds that are known for their reporting accuracy.

Having the ability to operate an iPod is not important at all; but, let's be honest, any human being with a brain could use an iPod after an hour of fiddling with it. You people read too far in to things said by someone with power. I think your own stupidity gets the better of you.


flip wilson   May 10th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

It kills you to hear the truth, doesn't it Funk?


Claudia, Houston, Tx   May 10th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

President Obama is has above average intelligence and probably gets bored easily with things that don't offer him mental stimulation such as reading a book of interest which he has never read. Heads up out their people.


Oshanea   May 10th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

I think that Obama just is not the type of person to KNOW how to work
an ipod or an x-box

so what maybe lil kids are probably the only ones that do know hopw to work the x-box or the i-pods but you should' nt jugde right


Centaurlove   May 10th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

Even Bush can operate his EYE-POD


haha   May 10th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

epantsipation


melton   May 10th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

I have learned to quickly spot the children of Satan and to call them out as necessary. I tend to refrain from directly accusing anyone and commenting, or responding to persons, and I watch as they spew poisonous drivel (inner hate) and condemn as they are devoid of anything righteous. Their acts speak for themselves. I expect the negative comments to reveal themselves from the darks hearts of the brood of Satan himself...


Matt   May 10th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

Who cares whether or not he can use an iPod? I've given several to friends, and I own a Zune. I must be completely nuts! Come on CNN...

-Matt


You Got Rick Rolled!   May 10th, 2010 2:54 pm ET


Chris harris   May 10th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Really? this is news?? oh no the president can't work an ipod!!! now hell is going to open up and swallow everyone!!! ice cream is going to fall from the sky and king tutt is going to raise from the grave and kill all who defy his power!!!!

really please....this is not news worthy. there are millions of other people in the world who cant work one either. go make a story about one of them please. oh yea that's right!!! you wont do that because they aren't famous or known around the world.


CK   May 10th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

In politics (and Mr. Obama is a politician first) nothing is done just because, especially if you are THE president. So whether the president wrote this himself (unlikely, he is too busy to run a country) or whether it was written for him: the question is WHY? Are they really so concerned with the publics usage of high tech devices? There is pollution, cancer, oil spills, war, terrorists, cheap, untested chinese products etc...

So, why?


Zach   May 10th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

whooooooooo cares??


J. Richter   May 10th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Can someone say Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS)? Its an obsession that makes grown people act emotional, angry, and crazy. Look it up.


MB   May 10th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

This isn't so hard to believe. Most VPs of major cooprations have NEVER figured out how to use their own laptops ....thus they have expert adiminstrators who keep them on time and "connected" without anyone knowing the wiser.


pete   May 10th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

He actually is just mad about the conservative blogosphere and facebook and twitter dissing him.

The guy has been coddled all his life and can't take a lick of criticism.

Liberalism is a mental disorder


Mark   May 10th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Maybe he should focus on jobs, our economy, our safety, etc. instead of giving commencement speeches . . .

Seems like there is a constant focus on "misinformation" lately . . . with the exception of anything coming directly from the current administration. I guess Obama is never wrong, right? He always tells the truth and knows everything . . . that's why our country is in such good shape right now. He fixed everything like he promised.


Pete   May 10th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

I think we're reading way too much into this. He's giving a commencement speech and is quite clearly making a joke. How the hell did you get four paragraphs out of this one off-the-cuff statement?


Donna   May 10th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

Isn't this the same guy, that during the Presidential campaign, announced his pick for Vice President via text message? Yet now that he's elected, we should all stop using gadgets...By the way, the sale of those gadgets contribute nicely to our floundering economy.

The hipocrisy is just stunning. When he gets rid of his gadgets, I'll get rid of mine....oh wait, no I won't, because I find the suggestion that I don't use these wonderful gadgets highly offensive.


djmcfly   May 10th, 2010 3:33 pm ET

SO BARRY LIES AGAIN.......What Else Is New.


Vs   May 10th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

From Obama's speech: "You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter."

Hugo Chavez has declared that “using Twitter, the Internet (and) text messaging” to criticize his socialist regime “is terrorism.”

Obama and Chavez are really saying the same thing.


djmcfly   May 10th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Gee...This Article Was ALMOST Critical Of The Imposter In The White House. Generally The CNN Staff (Especially The 360 Freak) Is Giving Barry A BJ.


Mac   May 10th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

when interviews are published with many ipad buyers who basically say "I know I'm buying a gadget that the maker will make obsolete in 2 months with a 3G ipad and I don't care!"...maybe the gadgets are getting in the way of...thinking straight!!,,lol


Andrew   May 10th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

I would never vote for the guy, but if he wants to make a point using hyperbole like exaggerating his lack of tech savoy, then as a follow public speaker I could respect that.


D   May 10th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Sounds like a little undertone against Fox news, "information, some of which not being so high on the truth meter.." He is not focusing on the gadgets but at the power at which information can come. So if we talk down and tear against information as a "form of distraction" Mr. Obama is trying to get his hands on every little thing even those where information can come and spread. Just making way for his agenda, which is not transparent, to push its way through..... hasn't this happened before in history?


Sunil   May 10th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

I was surprised by this comment. But when I re-read it – I think what he meant was – he cannot use the XBos and Playstation. Not very eloquently put but that's what he meant I think.

Oh well.


John A   May 10th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

In such a terrible recession should the American President slam the strongest elements of the American economy? I mean, aren't Apple and MS products held high as the standard of what makes America strong? Are they really just producing distractions, rather than a new medium for humans to interact and relate as we thought?

So the guy can't use technology, so what? Normally I would expect that of a President and agree it isn't newsworthy. BUT, if his tech savvy and understanding of the new digital world was sold as newsworthy two years ago then this revelation has to be too.


Andrew   May 10th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

I think it's what some other people have been saying in these comments. That the point of the message is that education is important and we shouldn't blindly use these new gadgets at the expense of a lifetime of learning. We're going to end up with a society like in the movie "Idiocracy" who know how to use things, but not how they work.


aguynamedsuzi   May 10th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

its no surpries that obama cant work an iPod. he cant even work his own country right!!!


thetruth1028   May 10th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

He was kidding around...and most of you totally missed the point...he was trying to discourage kids from spending all day on their electronic toys and instead of broadening thier horizons by doing other things like studying/reading...there is nothing more to it than that.


Joe Manzella   May 10th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

This is a non-issue. I hate it when I read stories that are a complete waste of time.


Emar Frappini   May 10th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

The writer misses the president's point entirely. Can he work an Ipod? Most probably. Does he have time for toys? No. He's speaking to the bigger point of gadgets and their tendency to spread misinformation.

The geeks need to relax- IPods or IPads or whatever the toy-of-the-month is are not important when your running a country!


K.C.   May 10th, 2010 4:05 pm ET

For me the president clearly meant it as a joke. Everybody knows how tech savvy he is. And people audibly laughed, so they got his joke. I feel the speech was meant in first place to stimulate young people to educate themselves and to interact responsibly with the new media and not to just consume it mindlessly.


SunnyvaleCA   May 10th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

He should have used any of the hightech gadgets available to him to read the actual text of the Arizona illegal immigration bill before he publicly lied about it to the America people.


mj   May 10th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

Whoa .. Back up the bus. Obama, in all probability, did not even write this speech. He has "Speech Writing Czars" to handle this. Let's find out who the real genius is behind these words.


SidB   May 10th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

The key is the word – Distraction. He's got you all focusing on his so called inability to use an iPod that you missed the point –

information becomes a distraction....

So what? Don't use these tools to get all the information so we can be empowered? What? Just listen to him, CNN, Fox, MSNBC...

I am empowered, because I have access to more than just the big 3 networks that "tell" what they think I only need to know.

Video games are not a distraction, though, they are a means of escape from the mindless ramblings of all of our politicians.

Clean house – vote them all out.


Ollivander   May 10th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

All this civility with Obama supporters....wow you guys are so understanding of the smallest gaffes. You are terrific to be so accepting not to slice and dice every word out of the Presidents mouth. Those of us across the aisle should really learn from your peaceful and tranquil nature. We just watch a learn every day what what the appropriate reactions are to the world around us.......aaaaaaah for about a minute)

Oh, and for you "no news here folks"..... please this has received more comments than the 5 minute crash last week.


AJ   May 10th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

WHO CARES if the President can or cannot use an IPOD?

This is not news......... People need to be concerned about our economy, not whether or not someone knows how to use an Ipod.


Robin   May 10th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

It doesn't matter whether the President can use an iPod, and the other devices he mentioned. Sounded to me that he was encouraging them not to spend so much time with these devices. However, he concerned me when he stated, "not all information is true". Well, being a dad, I can see him making that point. Right, not all information is true, but don't define what you deem as truth to me. That is my right as an American...the freedom to believe what I believe and the freedom of speech. Just hope he is not trying to over-step his boundaries.


Dustin   May 10th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

Wow. Way to take a tongue-in-cheek comment and turn it into a paranoid rant about Big Brother! The man was warning about being so surrounded by technology that we lose touch with ourselves and our humanity. He's not coming for your beloved X-Box.


Guest   May 10th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

No surprise, he can't run the country either.


BJD   May 10th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

Quick guess is that he was probably referring to the Xboxes and Playstations.


Dissapointed Again   May 10th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

Any time a sitting President contradicts himself it is news. Sorry folks he did it again here.

Again I feel as if my vote was made for a comic book character who never really exsisted.


A.B.   May 10th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

President Obama can easily learn how to use an IPOD if he truely does not know to use one. It's easy. I just recently bought an Apple IPOD and learned how to operate it and I am not as intellectually sophisticated as Obama is. If I can successfully learn how to use an IPOD, I am very certain that he can do likewise. I can easily learn how to use a Blackberry if I play with it for five or ten minutes or read the instructions on how to use it. I have confidence in our president and in myself.


JohnK   May 10th, 2010 4:34 pm ET

Let's just say I don't care if he knows which button to push on an iPod. There is another "button" that I would prefer for him to work in an emergency. If he has to make a choice between learning how to use an iPod and learning how to run a government and the attendant bureaucracy, I'll take a President that can run the country first, thank you.

OK, now, CNN, could you possibly spare a reporter or two to find some news? Or is this all we can expect?


Franko   May 10th, 2010 4:35 pm ET

"Obama said there's a darker side to the technologies "

The internet interconnects and focuses the evil in the darkness
Time to tax - regulate the internet to government righteousness


fleshy   May 10th, 2010 4:40 pm ET

Hyperbole (pronounced /haɪˈpɜrbəli/[1], from ancient Greek ὑπερβολή 'exaggeration') is a rhetorical device in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.


Tim   May 10th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

He said the exact same things at Michigan, using the same words!!!


Bill thibeau   May 10th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

Hello.
how to fix the oil spill at the source. create a pipe about one tenth the diameter of the casing. Have the end expand by air or water and once it is inserted into the casing expand the end to completely seal the well casing. the simplest fix is usually the one that works.

Not a Joke, Bill


Yves Johnson   May 10th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

The President's comments were a bit tongue and cheek. Obviously, he knows how to operate the items. His remarks were more in-line with what you said. Unfortunately, members of Fox "Unfair and Unbalanced" will use it as a baton to strike him with. I'd appreciate it if the media would focus on the more substantial items rather than the meaningless trivia.


Edmundburkeson   May 10th, 2010 5:30 pm ET

Obama is not admitting to techno ignorance. He is holding himself out as a model for quashing the free flow of information. Obama's transformation of America involves controlling the direction of America. Choice must die! It must concede to an all wise dictator who thinks he knows what is best for the rest of us!!!


Chris   May 10th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

Maybe he's just reading some speech a guy wrote for him off the teleprompter. It's obvious he's tech savvy, it's a lot harder to use a Blackberry than say a Xbox or an Ipod. This reminds me of his repeated Marine CORPSE mispronunciation. He would probably read anything on that stupid device, and do it convincingly.


garrcus   May 10th, 2010 5:37 pm ET

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion"

Was that Castro or Chavez....ohhhh it was Obama ok now we're good!!!!


James   May 10th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

Fine with me, after having a president that didn't know how to work a toilet seat, could have been worse... could have had a vice president that wasn't aware there was a difference between North and South Vietnam... (Palin) A lot of people his age and even younger can't use modern technology, no where in his job description does it require him to know the difference between a iPod and an iPad, or how many gigabytes there are in an iPod..


Mary B   May 10th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

He is just showing how much he is going to clamp down on free speech....he is sfraid more people are going to find out about the real obamas


Alphonse   May 10th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

I cannot believe that we are having this debate! It was a figurative speech, he was just joking! This is the only president in history who is tech savy and his comments should be put in context. Of course Obama knows how to use an IPod and Ipad, are you kidding me?


cwang611   May 10th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

What Obama meant is to not let your life depend on technology. I'm an engineer, I see so many ppl around me can not live without technology. ppl who haven't read anything on a piece of paper for years, people who have no other forms of entertainment other than video games, ppl who are always waiting to buy the next greatest "toy". some ppl already replaced their ipad with the 3G ipad which came out a month after the old one. it's so wasteful. electronics are toxics, so it's not easy to dispose it.

there is life and enjoyment other than playing with your toy. we have to make sure life goes on if one day the internet is down. Otherwise what happened in the movie Matrix becomes somewhat less un-realistics.


Mike   May 10th, 2010 6:02 pm ET

Why do you take his words literally? By "iPod and iPad" he meant the new technology, in general.
If we pass beyond the literal content, he has a valid point about the information avalanche and the need to intelligently separate gems from the trash, truth from misinformation. The way I read the speech is "Embrace the new technology and information, but use your heads" – and that is a good message.


Unknown   May 10th, 2010 6:05 pm ET

Maybe this just shows he doesn't waste his life figuring out that music box


Brains Required   May 10th, 2010 6:05 pm ET

Listen to other voices a diversion? unless it is his or his people. Just listen to the GOVERNMENT voice, lets see Hitler, Stalin, Castro. Yeah just listen to the government, don't listen to all sides and make up your own mind. We will do it for you. Shades of "1984"


Susan   May 10th, 2010 6:13 pm ET

This was his way of saying that we should not trust the news or any other source than his networks. He was not talking about technology but about believing him, only. As for me, I use technology daily and cwang611 is correct in that it should not take over (did you see surrogates?). However obeyme was saying exactly that.... don't listen, search, read or question. Just listen to the tone of my voice....


Chantrelle   May 10th, 2010 6:31 pm ET

OMG please stop stirring up those racist tea bags that hate Obama. I wish the media would stop being so negative about Obama alwyas lyin on him they need to talk more about how smart the man is I mean he is a Harvard Professor, DUH! He is a good fahter to those two precious girls and a good husband to Miss Michelle. Don't people know wWe have so many problems right now in this country and we need to all come together and like solve this stuff, instead of worrying about who can operate their IPOD or whatever. Its like Obama is just trying to solve all this problems that Bush left over for him, I don't remember people beating up on Bush except for the war which was started by Bush lying, so that is his fault and still Obama is not trying to put Bush in jail he just wants to fix it all so lets all just do whatever Obama tells us to do and things will be great.


Edmundburkeson   May 10th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Chantrelle: I would not hold my breathe for Obama to bring the country together. He doesn't have the managerial skills to unite people. He is good at dividing, insulting, alienating, and when you think he can't distance people any further ... he asks those same people for help. That's why healthcare was such a big f-bomb deal. he crossed boundaries of etiquette, diplomacy, code, and protocol, that no other self-respecting President was willing to cross. His ideological fanaticism has made him a social brainfart.


Brett   May 10th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

I think Obama will figure out how to use an iPod before he figures out how to be President.


me   May 10th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

Dear Opinion of Opinion,

Please do not post a comment unless you type it in grammatically correct sentence structure. The validity of your point does not matter if subject/verb agreement is incorrect (ie "I goes"). Another tip, you are is you're. Your shows possession. Their is a possessive pronoun as well, they're is a contraction for they are, and there is a place.
Thank you for your time and patience. In order to be taken seriously, please keep this tip in mind.

Sincerely,

Incorrect grammar sounds ignorant


HighIQ in NC   May 10th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

I would have to agree with those who said this is not news. If President Obama does or does not know how to operate an Ipod, playstation or X-box – does it really matter. Is that how he runs the country – Really!!!! CNN is really reaching for news and those who buy into this are out of touch with reality. This is a reach to make the president look bad "hypocritcal". Everything he says is taken literally and not for for the context of the message. Like several noted earlier in the blogs, " The President was referring to entertainment technology and gadgets being distractions and a potential time issue" a waste of time if we get caught up in that daily. People please open your eyes and see that this man is about changing the country in a positive way and not destroying it – OPEN your eyes!!! Stop buying into the political Bull$#!+ that media launches for conversation!!!!


Jayson   May 10th, 2010 6:53 pm ET

OMG! Who cares that he's a flaming pinko commie!? He can't work an iPod! the world is coming to an end...


allhaileris   May 10th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

If for no other reason it's relevant to me because he said he had an i-pod, and cited a list of artists he said were on it. Now we find out he doesn't even know how to 'work' an i-pod.

Was he lying then to look cool, or is he lying now? Either way, it's just another tick mark in his lie column.


Jon   May 10th, 2010 7:05 pm ET

Rich is correct..THIS IS NOT NEWS!


allhaileris   May 10th, 2010 7:14 pm ET

me

Another tip, you are is you're. (Wrong)
Another tip: you are is you're. (Correct)

Incorrect grammar sounds ignorant (Wrong)
Incorrect grammar sounds ignorant. (Correct)

The validity of your point does not matter if subject/verb agreement is incorrect (ie "I goes").

When you mean “for example,” use "e.g.". It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase "exempli gratia". When you mean “that is,” use “i.e.” It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase "id est". Either can be used to clarify a preceding statement, the first by example, the second by restating the idea more clearly or expanding upon it.

One's opinion is just that. It's no more, or less valid with correct grammar or usage. You don't have many friends do you? Not real ones...


Matthew   May 10th, 2010 7:27 pm ET

What's the deal with Obama never looking straight? He only looks left and right.

Liars never look people STRAIGHT in the face.


Rick, EFB-Brooklyn   May 10th, 2010 7:44 pm ET

President Obama is absolutely right on point. My 14 y.o. daughter totally relies on the PC and text messages to formulate her opinions when doing her homework. No handson reading and compassionate study of point of views are done by these "techies".

I too abhor the distaste children are developing for the acknowledgment of truths and search for 'new' facts that can truly revolutionize and advance mankinds' way of life. The slide rule once used in math/science forced mental interactions and true joy!


krehator   May 10th, 2010 7:50 pm ET

Why is this a story? Who hired this writer?


Andrew   May 10th, 2010 7:53 pm ET

He uses a Blackberry. My guess is he doesn't have time for video games. As for the Ipod, I'm a bit surprised but think it's more that he has never used one than he wouldn't be able to figure it out.


Stephen   May 10th, 2010 8:04 pm ET

Really? This needs to be in the news? Who gives a crap if the president of the United States can use an I-pod? How about the BOMB that almost went off in New York, or the fact that we are slowly destroying our planet?

There are much more important things to worry about and to inform the public about then Obama not being able to use a freaking I-pod. I mean seriously, CNN just lost a lot of points in my book.


Mark McKee   May 10th, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Maybe he was just pointing out that Steve Jobs has no clothes. In other words, with 95% of media professionals being Apple-centric, (the opposite of the public they serve), and Apple's 30 year mantra that their products employ common sense and are easy to use, (which they really aren't unless you're an Apple fanboy/fangirl that is used to all the insane quirkiness, and familiar with all the workarounds), most people don't want to admit that they can't figure out Apple's goofiness because they believe no one else has trouble with goofiness and they don't want to look really dumb. The President, on the other hand, is comfortable in his own skin, and unafraid to admit that he doesn't get their goofiness, either. If all the journalists weren't delinquent in their platform choice, if the media weren't there every year to regurgitate Apple's wild claims and give their products 1000x more attention than they really deserve, I really doubt that Apple would still be in business. Thank you Mr. President, for another refreshing dose of reality.


Bigsteveinaustin   May 10th, 2010 8:32 pm ET

Just like every other politician, a great big liar who never had a real job or is worth a s-


Sara   May 10th, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Neither can I...so what. How does that affect our country ?


Edward   May 10th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Looks like no one sees what he is really saying. What will we be if we are a nation of opinions; what will we be if all we are are relativist? Freedom will be subjective, and will cease to meaning anything. How can you have an opinion on anything without the unbiased objective truth. He's not saying "burn your gadgets" and its not about whether he knows how to use them or not. He is attacking the unquestioning of the youth of america and the opinions that bombard them everyday on an unfiltered internet, distracting them from asking what is true. Not questioning these assumptions they face will only hurt them. This may not seem like news but it is what is happening across america, and the future generation is headed for a deep sleep, where philosophy is replaced with philodoxy.


danny v   May 10th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Interesting that the Obama fans have only two responses: 1. It's not newsworthy 2. Twisting and turning themselves into a logic pretzel about how he really is just a Blackberry guy who disdains things Apple and such. Wow. Step back and look at what you're saying folks. If this had been about ol' George, you would have blasted him and applauded the relevance. Geez, what hypocrites.


PlasticOrPaper   May 10th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Okay, does it really matter if he cant work an iPod? Is it going to KILL HIM? NO it's not. Is it life or death? NOOOO...it's not.


Chantrelle   May 10th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I see in the comments here that a lot of racist tea bags are out. Sleazin for some Obama talking points to pass on for their political forums. So because Obama say he can't use an Ipod, what that makes him just another ignorant, n-–? thats what you wacky rightwings are thinking? Obama is the most eloquent President this country has ever seen, he is a graduate, Professor of Harvard not some flunky student like that last President we had. There is gonna come a day when we all do come togehter at last and we will all be glad that it was Obama that was leading this nation on that day. 50 years from now there will be statues of that man in Washington D.C. and we will all be celebratin in his name.


JackT   May 10th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

That Affirmative Action Law degree won't help with tying his shoes or working a computer, eh?


Alastair Murray   May 10th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Of Course he will Criticise the Great American companies that develop these products – they were not made in KENYA!!
His Tribal self is probably OK as a Spear-Chucker, or Beheading the enemy......
The Truth is (and he has no clue what "Truth" is given he never stops lying) is the Imposter FEARS the access to information – His Propaganda is repeatedly EXPOSED! His Lies are exposed! His Deceit is exposed!
He Has Gotta Go!! Soner rather than later and by whatever means necessary!!


Jeff   May 10th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

I don't understand this from a man who refused to give up his crack berry but can not figure out the xbox or ipad.


GTRrocker   May 10th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

You people are morons. It was a lame joke. THAT IS ALL. Also I do not support Obama, but I am smart enough to know when someone is being disingenuous for the sake of a lame joke to appeal to the middle aged people demographic. Both parties are such suck ups.


Tom   May 10th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

Isn't it interesting how he decrys that information is what is putting new burdens on Democracy.... Many would say that Information is the tool that empowers our Freedom. Scary his rhetoric indicates that he would stifle such information flow because he fears that the bits and bytes digested in this media attuned world are not contexted properly, with his vision of our future. Well what more could we expect, of a Saul Alinsky trained Marxist, eloquent visionary, Progressive Socialist since every Totalitarian thug in history has decried information as the ruinous standard for their Oppressive regimes.

We have much to fear from Obama, may the will and desire for Freedom of the American People rise up and limit this dangerous man in his quest to destroy our Freedom. Vote the Radical Liberal Socialist agenda out of the CONGRESS in November, VOTE or your Freedom will DIE.


Acropolis   May 10th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

I hope, for the sake of the world, that President Obama was not elected to play video games or make telephone calls around.
Offering the Queen an Ipod? Why not glass beads?
"What a delicate present" she must have thought.


pipjohn   May 11th, 2010 12:50 am ET

his dumb fool is obviously a puppet for the for a high power properly the council of foreign relations he has no idea wat his doing!!!


hackysacks   May 11th, 2010 1:34 am ET

Guys, relax. B-rock was just throwing that little "none of which I know how to work" snippet in as a funny little tidbit for the audience. The word "iPod" is interchangeable with any number of new devices. GTRrocker is right; it was just a lame joke. Whether or not he actually knows how to work an iPod is unimportant; what is important is that he's black. Let's all try saying that: "Our president is black." That makes him a good president. If you disagree, you're racist.


Shameem   May 11th, 2010 1:45 am ET

President Obama is correct to point out the challenge of managing and analyzing information for the benefit of humanity. In information overloaded society we need to be able better prioritize and utilize our time effectively to get the best value in in the age of information. For him iPod and some other tools may not be in his priority list but for other people it may be important.

Celebrate the difference in opinion and taste of all while trying to harness it for good for all!!!


Franko   May 11th, 2010 5:06 am ET

Not just a stunt, - leading by example, by not using flash, saving CPU cycles, reversing global warming, saving Polar Bears.

This deserves a Nobel Prize for sustainable global wonderfulness !


Jeff   May 11th, 2010 6:51 am ET

Good thing we switched to DVD's or Mr Obama's VCR would stil be blinking 12:00.


Gusto   May 11th, 2010 6:54 am ET

It looks like Obama makes a guest appearance in the back near the saxaphone player. He even throws what looks like a Blackberry/iPod/some electronic device at the drummer:


jim   May 11th, 2010 7:55 am ET

He may not be able to work an IPod, but I'll bet he does a great job of faking it (like he does everything else) !


Tony   May 11th, 2010 8:14 am ET

Obama uses a Blackberry. He said he doesn't know how to operate an Ipod. Fair enough.

Just because you know how to use Windows doesn't make you a wizard at Linux or Mac OS.

Even industry "experts" readily admit this. IPod/IPad is *not* a Blackberry, which Obama readily uses for productivity. His comment was about lack of productivity for these devices as distractions.

Go away, trolls!


Jeremy   May 11th, 2010 8:23 am ET

The problem he has is that all these things allow people to get info quicker and to be able to express their thoughts to a wide audince. He does not like this since it is usually things he screws up on that get the most press and they would like to keep the public in the dark.


Terry Wagar   May 11th, 2010 8:30 am ET

A Blackberry and and IPhone are not the same thing.


Ken Molnar   May 11th, 2010 8:33 am ET

Oh, CNN (sigh) .... What are we going to do about you? ...
Maybe there is a remedial journalism class that you guys qualify for.


Jon   May 11th, 2010 8:39 am ET

I'm no Obama fan, but I don't recall knowing how to use an iPod being a prerequisite for being a president. So... why is this news?


nobody   May 11th, 2010 8:43 am ET

Maybe..that's why he gave the Queen the Ipod because he can't use it...


Fred   May 11th, 2010 8:58 am ET

It's all about controlling the message baby!! It has NOTHING to do with the Technology. Obama, like many before him, wants his own message to be the only message. Nixon tried it & now Obama is trying it. Let's see if Obama's any more successful than old Tricky Dick.


Ellen   May 11th, 2010 9:04 am ET

I don't know why people rush to confuse issues as to Why he said anything....I believe the point is he had a choice to be truthful or not...if he knows how to work an Ipod...no big deal, the speech lines could be written and still be funny....it is clear President Obama who speaks Only from prewritten teleprompter speeches has no problem telling mistruths

You can twitter/blog/email/tweet all you want, the story is if a person choses to lie about the little stuff in life they will lie to you about the big stuff also.

If there is a true independent media left they will start to dig out these mistruths and omissions, but until then put the politics aside and just listen with an open mind to what is truly said not what you want to hear.


vic   May 11th, 2010 9:14 am ET

More than likely, he is complaining about the speed of digital information that he does not like, and cannot control.


freespeechLibrarian   May 11th, 2010 9:20 am ET

There's knowing how to use it and knowing how to use it to it's full capabilities. i have and play my iPod, but do not ask me how to manipulate getting and changing stuff from iTunes to the Ipod–my husband does that! But though i use my Ipod every day, i would not feel confident saying i knew it all. i think this is what the Prez meant.


El Kababa   May 11th, 2010 9:24 am ET

I have never figured out call waiting. I always hang up on both people. I never use it. But, I'm a computer programmer. Go figure.


wilbur   May 11th, 2010 9:27 am ET

First of all, who cares? Second of all, I'd be surprised if his predecessor in the Office could work a light swtich.


Sid   May 11th, 2010 9:40 am ET

I agree with Obama....too much use of electronic gadgets is not good for kids...Ipod/Ipad/Xbox/Pstation/Wii are very powerful tools, but kids in school should spend more time reading books, playing outdoor games, music, debate etc. Technology is being misused. Pres. Obama is definitely not against Ipod or Ipad ar any othet gadgets, but is against their misuse.


s dog   May 11th, 2010 9:54 am ET

to franko......your an idiot there is no such thing as utopia so long as free will and choice live. and seeing how humans are nothing but free will and choice, utopia will never come.....so good luck with your theary


Larry   May 11th, 2010 10:09 am ET

Obama says what he wants without regard to the truth. When technology was working for him – it was great. Since we have immediate access to viewpoints other than the liberal party line prevalent in the MSM, he doesn't like it so much.
He wants to control the media, and therefore, thought. He can't and we won't let him keep trying.


AnAmericaninEurope   May 11th, 2010 10:16 am ET

"With iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations – none of which I know how to work" – Give me a break – the guy was joking around.


Bruce   May 11th, 2010 10:28 am ET

the real point he should have made more clearly, is that technology is simply a tool, and tools can be used to assist or detract. If all you do with even a Blackberry is tweet your daily activities, play games, and talk with your friends about trivialities, then it is a distraction. If you use it to stay connected with information, do research on the fly (say while making purchasing decisions), keep up with news and trends, monitor your investments, etc. then it is a tool. Too many fall into the trap of allowing these wonderfully functional devices to become a distraction. It also seems picking on people's specific words rather than discussing their real meaning has become a distraction for the news media (and their reading public) as well.


Mark   May 11th, 2010 10:28 am ET

I can't work an ipod, and I'm the same age as him. I need my news article, too!


JRockFL   May 11th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Wow, a lot of people are really missing the point about Obama's speech. All you people who talk about socialism and how Obama's going to take away your iPad or Xbox are just plain ignorant or finding any excuse to hate the president. Of course Obama knows how you use all this stuff. His remarks were tounge in cheek. What Obama is saying is that in a world where we have access to a limitless amounts of information, it is very easy to get sidetracked by it all. For an untrained mind, one can easily slip into all the misinformation, distractions, and garbage that runs rampant throughout. He's not attacking anyone for owning an iPad or Xbox, he's simply just saying, that as responsible citizens, we should take care to use the tools we have for enlightenment as well. Did all of you lose your sense of curiosity and thirst for more knowledge? If so, then I guess humanity is moving towards the dark ages again...yikes.

This article is another example of how journalism is starting to become a thing of the past. Rather than report quality information, we get excessive spin on a small part of Obama's 2000 word speech. How about discussing other aspects of this speech instead of this garbage.


brian066   May 11th, 2010 11:10 am ET

exactly...hope and change is overrated...

Let's go back to that glorious period from 2001 to 2009, when our Republican leaders launched a war against the war, that created a trillion dollars of debt and enriched their supporters while killing or wounded 50,000+ Americans.
Let's go back to the Hurricane Katrina days, when our own Republican-led government deliberately and with malice aforethought let Americans die stranded in their own country.
And certainly we want to let Wall Street run our country once again...so that they can loot our bank accounts and push the country into a truly second Great Depression.
And certainly we need to give our oil companies a free hand to make record profits...from record high gas prices...even as the oil companies destroy the livelihood of thousands of Americans.


Mark   May 11th, 2010 11:13 am ET

Obfuscation, misdirection, and lies. The tools of any good ad man (and I'm an ad man).

While Obama [seemingly] bemoans the "inaccuracies" and sheer volume of information available to the masses and the gadgets associated with them, one cannot help but question both his sincerity (dare I say "honesty") and his timing and motivation.

The Internet and devices like cellphones and even iPads are among the instruments most exploited by Obama during his campaign.

Fast-forward 15 months and that same Internet, together with talk radio and television are turning against him. The truth about what he's really up to is updated moment-by-moment in excruciating detail and is made available for review to anyone with one of vilified devices. "That" is freedom of speech, yet he claims that same freedom borders on being a threat to Democracy. Why? Because the information has become critical of him and those around him.

The current regime has made it clear they about nothing if not absolute control. They want to control the banks, the automotive industry, housing, energy, the environment, and guess what else - "information".

Any American watching this unfold who values their liberty yet cannot see we are headed for Neo-Communist Socialism, is either blind, or chooses to refuse the truth.

Kruschev said America would destroy itself, and he may very well be proved right.

...


Peter   May 11th, 2010 11:20 am ET

Forget the iPad already and look deeper, people. The majority of the posts here are missing the point: Obama's speech was about his opinion that there is too much "information" out there. And I think the he's being critical now because that information is leaning "against" him.

Does anyone think for an instant that he'd be critical if the bulk of that information was praising him? No way! Obama's thin skin and inability to handle criticism are becoming legendary.


Mathias   May 11th, 2010 11:23 am ET

Imagine a kid in class today that couldn't figure our how to work a simple iPod. I bet he is made fun of and looked down upon and called names because he fails to figure out something so simple that the majority of other people can. Congrats liberals, you just got the class retard to be the voice of America.


Eviscerated   May 11th, 2010 11:41 am ET

This is really news worthy! Really? There is enough difference between a Blackberry, I-Pod, I-Phone, Android, and all the other devices out there, that knowing how to use one does not automatically qualify someone to know how to use the other. You can be "tech savy" without knowing everything about everything. With all the fascinating technological advancements that are heppening out there, I'm disappointed that this was news worthy.


Tim Greene   May 11th, 2010 12:03 pm ET

I find the pressure on our Democracy comment to be chilling. What could be better than the rapid, open communications amongst the citizens. Is knowledge a threat to our Democracy, or just the entrenched two party system?


Absarokee   May 11th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

One word: Hypocrisy. I rest my case your Honor, the defendant, has as usual, lied again.


gabe   May 11th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

he's the main rep of the USA on the international level, and everyone knows most americans know how to use ipods. so this is almost a waste of a story... come on cnn, write articles with some substance


HOHOHO   May 11th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

This article is a waste of my time, I could care less if the pres. knows how to use an ipad,ect. His job is to run the USA! haha


Don Williams   May 11th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

I was at the graduation this Sunday at HU, and if you watch the clip you will see he was saying this in relation the to fact that some of the info you see and hear is not true and because of that it becomes more entertainment that enlightenment! Get a grip folks! Look just a little farther than your nose for understanding.


Jesse   May 11th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

seriously people?
it was a joke.
how many times have you heard a comedian say:
"ooh, i was at the mall yesterday..."
were they really?? probably not.
its a joke.
shut up.


JoD   May 11th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

People, it doesn't matter whether Obama can work an iPod or not. To a high school educator he hit the nail on the head. Just because you have lots of information available at a high rate of speed doesn't mean it is all usable or true. You have to have the skills (and EDUCATION) to critically evaluate what is fact and what is fiction, to assess the accuracy of those sources of the information. Those are higher thinking skills than just parroting back facts, or cutting and and pasting bits into reports that sound good to you. Just look at all the misinformation circulating in email chain letters and you'll know what I mean.


Nick   May 11th, 2010 2:16 pm ET

Uncontrollable media is a threat? I.e. if it isn't whitehouse.gov, it is a threat?

Education is the solution? I.e., the regime controls the teachers, the teachers control the content and the message.

Couple this with a president who won his primary by being more tech savvy, by TWEETING AND TEXTING his candidacy, by making his weekly addresses available on YOUTUBE, by having a FACEBOOK PAGE before anyone else, and you have HYPOCRICY! That's ok, once the FCC runs the internet and invokes the "fairness doctrine" it will be ok once again to use your iPOD, X BOX, Play Station and other gizmos.......


Martin   May 11th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING THE POINT!

ITS NOT ABOUT HIM NOT BEING ABLE TO USE AN IPOD...

ITS THAT HES SLAMMING AGAIN ANYBODY IN THE MEDIA THAT DISAGREES WITH HIM!

"bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter"

SO AGAIN, IN HIS OWN WORDS... IF YOUR ARGUMENT ISN'T ON HIS SIDE THEN YOUR LOW ON THE "TRUTH METER"


Sarah   May 11th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

The banksters haven't programmed him for that yet.


Beth Jetton   May 11th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

CNN should be reporting news, not fluff. Go ahead and TRY and take our minds off the real news but only ignorant people currently get their REAL POLITICAL news from CNN. I'm glad to know the romaine lettuce I purchased will not have E Coli . . but I am not getting any real news about real political issues from CNN. We're onto what is going on. This is like People Mag . . CNN . . all fluff . . and no STUFF!! Fight the New World Order, folks. They OWN CNN. M'right?


Trinaa   May 11th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

Wow, this is like heresy for all the hipsters and young adults that voted for the "cool" choice back in 2008.

"How in the world can their idol not know how to operate an iPod or a Xbox? Wow, he's just another old white man that was marketed as a young black man."

Bill that is rude of you. How are you going to talk about our president like that? You know that people die and get into car accidents because their tweeting like a bird every five damn seconds! So quit your blabbering. It's annoying. Can you let the man talk for once? He does have a point. And it's not like the worlds going to come to an end! He's just making his point! And obviously, you wanna be so rude and arrogant about things. Stop taking it seriously lameoo. :P


Lillac   May 11th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

Some of yall are burnt. mad of yus are wack. like comee on now seriouslyy !?


spikey   May 11th, 2010 2:42 pm ET

wow uz r so dum and so is everything else on this blog so what ipods rock so shut up


AJ   May 11th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Get a Zune, problem solved ;)


T   May 11th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

Are we really shocked that he can't operate electronic gizmos? He's too busy destroying the US. Priorities....


Sarah   May 11th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

Hey Trinaa. Obama is a puppet who reads telepromters and doesn't write his own speeches. He just SOUNDS a lot smarter than Bush but they may as well be brothers when it comes to policies. Esp when it comes to all of the wars we are in. He needs to earn that Nobel Prize and pull out of these ILLEGAL wars! Americans have become the terrorists in this brave new world. Guess what? People still hate America bc of our world domination plan. 911 was an inside job at worst and/or criminal negligence at best. If Osama Bin Laden did 911 and wanted to destroy our economy and democracy- HE WON! Our illegal wars and corrupt banking systems have brought America to its knees. So good job Washington in letting your fake terrorists win.


Rachel   May 11th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Who doesn't know how to work an iPod? I think that they are the simplist thing to know how to work. Yeah so, they can be a disctraction, but they are cool. You might not gather any infomation off of them but, that's not what they are made for. Same with cell phones, balckberry's, iPad etc.


BOB   May 11th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

Its kind of sad that the president of the USA cant even figure out an Ipod


frank   May 11th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

he is a fake...a complete B S'er that is why he will say anything

a FAKE!


Franko   May 12th, 2010 7:39 am ET

Watch; The Obama Deception


I know they're here   May 12th, 2010 7:43 am ET

FYI for everybody, Im sure Obama can work an ipod what you should be concerning yourselves with is the joint US/ET underground base in Dulce, New Mexico and the abductions and genetic experiments going on underground there. FYI GOOGLE: Dulce Wars, Deep Underground Military Bases, and deceased govt contractor and structural engineer Phil Schneider.

http://www.burlingtonnews.net/schneider.html


Will   May 12th, 2010 9:14 am ET

You're right the man is a fake. He will say anything to keep his naive herd bleeting after him, most importantly teens and twenty-somethings. Wake up. This isn't about ipods, it's about arrogance in saying anything knowing his lies will be dismissed on any grounds. His policies are one of a UN loving, US hating marxist dictator who can't stand any dissension in the ranks. Don't be deceived. He is here in light of history to charm the world, appease wicked people who fly planes into buildings and bring bondage to the country he supposedly represents. Wake up and smell the fraud.


Peggy   February 6th, 2011 12:29 pm ET

Read your article about the archaic processes of the Census Bureau but I couldn't leave a comment there without signing up for Facebook, which I refuse to do.

I was an enumerator for 2010 Census. Yeah, we went walking for info, but the neighborhoods in which I went walking, were very poor. Most did not have any technologies. If they had cells, they were without internet access...an unnecessary charge in their eyes.

Part of our shpiel was to tell them that we do not share info with any other government agency. However, with reticent persons, I took it upon myself to try to find out their info using my own computer on my own time.

This was a way for me to find out phone numbers, names of people living at a certain address or finding out the name and mailing address of owners of property from the county assessor's office to ask who was renting their property.

We also had to track down homeless encampments to see if they still existed, so I had to find social agencies who dealt with these populations to help.

I see your point about using technology, but it isn't always doable in all neighborhoods. Most of the employees for this were not very savvy themselves about technology. I had to clean up alot behind persons who weren't able to get far in getting the requisite info.

Also, we found a large proportion of the population did not want to give info due to their distrust of the government in these neighborhoods. If we started to gather data from other government agencies, I think we'll get even less participation here. Tracking can lead to misuse of info.


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