The President doesn’t shy away from his love of technology. He is not afraid to admit that he beta-tested the iPad 2, nor does he see anything silly about having an Instagram account. His campaign has even started using Square to accept donations. Yes, there is an app for that. Our President embraces the future, so much that this early adopter gets his daily intelligence briefs sent directly to his iPad.
In the White House’s photo-of-the-day by Pete Souza, Mr. Obama is poised comfortably in his chair, iPad on his lap as he receives the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) from Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration.
According to the Washington Post, the iPad has been used a number of times to inform the President of activities, including the use of video, audio and interactive graphics.
“Tablet computers represent a great alternative to the briefing book and will likely be used more frequently in the future,” Shawn Turner, a spokesman for National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper said, describing it as a “convenient and secure way to depict multimedia information in the PDB.”
The daily brief is kept closely guarded. It is meant only for the president and his inner circle. In order to ensure privacy, the devices’ wireless capabilities are turned off in the Oval office.
Interestingly, the photo, originally posted at the White House’s website, was just added to the front page of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website, only one day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple for what it believes the company is participating in collusion to price-fix electronic books. Turner clarified that the photo was “not meant as an endorsement.”Uh, huh… sure it wasn’t.