Obama Can’t Figure Out an iPhone – Blames Supporter

Barack Obama could not figure out how to use an iPhone at a campaign stop in Florida yesterday… So he lashed out at one of his supporters.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes calls to volunteers from the Obama for America Field Office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, while campaigning across the state by bus, September 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

The Washington Times reported:

On the campaign trail, President Obama is constantly talking about the importance of technology, but he met his match in an iPhone Sunday.

The president had stopped at a campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to thank volunteers. Then, for the cameras, Mr. Obama was supposed to call two campaign workers who were out working on his behalf.

But when White House trip director Marvin Nicholson handed the president his personal iPhone, Mr. Obama couldn’t get it to work. A reporter who witnessed the scene said the president looked “befuddled.”

“It’s not clear he knows how to dial on an iPhone,” the reporter wrote in a pool report.

Finally, Mr. Obama said, “Oh, I got to dial it in. Hold on, hold on. I can do this. See, I still have a BlackBerry.”

The president then “had a little more trouble dialing,” the pool report said.

The president then has more trouble dialing. When the call didn’t go through, he blamed Mr. Nicholson for having an insufficient cell phone plan.

Of course, if this happened to Mitt Romney it would be all over the networks this morning.

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  • Grandma Perkins

    Every real American knows how to use an I-phone.

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  • Finncrisp

    This is kind of like asking the pres. grocery prices. No story here.

  • Limousine Barry

    Ah crap!

    I forgot how to dial a phone number. I’ll just dial the operator at 911.

    “Hello, I need to talk to Scott Van Duzer’s bother…” Ah chit, it is the police!

    Marvin Nicholson did not by and expensive enough cell phone plan! He needs to be fired. Well, somebody needs to be fired!

  • mg4us

    Barack you POS
    Stop betting AGAINST the American People

    Here are the Facts

    But the article misses one big point. . they just count jobs. .not quality of jobs and employment. . .
    Under Obama, new jobs are mainly McDonald’s Burger Flippers

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  • sth88

    B-but, he’s the COOL President…he knows all of the young people stuff, or something.

  • Bill Mitchell


    I’m sorry, but are you kidding me? Based upon these numbers, one speech which has been debunked as 90% lies by an impeached President and known liar has had more effect on this race than HORRIBLE unemployment numbers? Based upon the numbers from many pollsters, Obama has not been damaged by the unemployment report – at all.

    So the lies from a known liar win and reality loses? God help us.

    Has this nation gone mad?

    Here is the really scary part. Rasmussen claims that Republicans now lead Democrats by 4 points in party identification. Is he really telling us that there are Republicans saying they will vote for Obama in large numbers simply from one Clinton speech?

    I’m sorry, but I simply find this hard to believe.

  • Bill Mitchell

    Here’s another question.

    Rasmussen is polling LIKELY VOTERS with a +4 Republican sample and he is getting the exact same result as Gallup who is polling REGISTERED VOTERS with a +3 Dem sample?

    I’m sorry, but the math here is incomprehensible to me? Just as a pure function of the numbers in use, Romney should be 7 points higher on Rasmussen? How the hell can they be the same?

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  • bigkahuna

    The Narcissist in Chief cant work an I-Phone ?

  • bigkahuna

    The Narcissist in Chief cant work an I-Phone ? Mr I,I,I or me me me, ????

    I call him the I-phony

  • donh

    Phone Home Lil’ Wayne…> http://youtu.be/otLOh7Nihz8

  • Blue Hen

    I can’t work one either. But then, I don’t own a cell phone, ‘smart’ or otherwise. But I don’t make sneering coments about people being inept at technology, like taking shots at President Hayes. You wanna pretend that you’re hip and understand gadgetry? Fine. In that case, such normally trivial points become salient.

  • FedUpWithZero

    @ BILL MITCHELL……No, It wasn’t Rasmussen that had 0bama at 50%—it was Public Policy Polling (PPP),which always polls for the liberal. Besides,there’s always a bump after a convention speech. It will fade. Just keep putting the real truth out there that we have to get him out because ………….. Be of good cheer.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    I-phones are racists.

  • jorgen

    #8 Has this nation gone mad?

    No, it went mad in 2008 when they elected Obama.

  • Kissmygrits

    Remember, folks, he is supposed to have the combination number to the nucular football briefcase. Maybe it’s stored in his blackberry.

  • Alethology

    Another moronic story by this blog. I stay away from apple products. But know my way quite well around windows platforms. This being the case, I would likely stumble over Iphone operation. So what? There is more than enough to castigate O over, than having to resort to this kind of non-story.

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  • MT Geoff

    A story like this gains traction mostly because of President Obama’s narcissistic appearance. He hates to acknowledge an error even more than I do.
    But it’s true that a person used to one phone system may stumble over other phone systems. That’s actually a flaw of the designers; a smart phone’s interface should be highly intuitive and should lead the user to what the user wants to do easily. I just got onto a Blackberry myself (company hand-me-down) and its interface has some flaws as well.
    So yes, alethology, anyone might be caught by new technology. The story gains weight because of Obama’s track record of gaffes that get buried quickly.
    As for VP Quayle’s most famous gaffe: that spelling was on the card the teacher gave Mr. Quayle.

  • Deep in the bowels of the White House, Obama and Biden are “strategerizing”.

    Hey, Joe, I need to call in an order for carry out…..hold on one second, Mable,…..Hey, Joe, is that Chinese place three rings or two, I can’t ever remember all the folks on this party line. And stop eating Cheetos before you use the phone, it makes the crank handle real sticky.

  • Jerry C

    Just like when LUITPOS held the phone upside down for a photo-op back in ’08. What you see is what you get. Nothing.

  • Stephana

    The mensa midget could not figure out an iPhone? What an idiot. I guess he doesn’t know what a phone Icon looks like. Shouldn’t the preezzy of the steezy have his own secure phone to talk on?

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  • shibumi

    Well, I’ve never used an iphone, so I’m not sure if I could figure out how to work it right away. However, it would have been more… charming if President for Life Hussein actually asked someone how to use it. Which is what a normal person would have done.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    A reporter who witnessed the scene said the president looked “befuddled.”


    I don’t have an iPhone myself, but I seem to recall that the basic functions are at the lower edge of the screen, in the form of icons.

  • FurryGuy

    #19 September 10, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Alethology commented:

    If Barry had just had problems with an iPhone, unfamiliar technology does occasionally trip people up, that would have been a non-event despite all the American Pravda propaganda complex swooning how tech savvy the dude is. But Barry compounded a simple d’oh moment into character defining for blaming the phone’s owner for the man’s own inability to deal with unfamiliar technology.

    Barry made a very common error, being human. Showing graceful humility when confronted by one’s limitations is so beyond the ken for the man, though.

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  • sablegsd

    Dumb ass, commie rat bastard koranimal.

  • Arkie

    But surely this is all the fault of George W. Bush.

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  • Maybe he needs to ask Fauxahauntis Warren how to send smoke signals.

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  • Militant Catholic


  • Tee Dub

    All the liberals accused Bush Sr. of being an idiot that didn’t understand how a price scanner worked. I doubt that a fraction of them actually knows the physics of a price scanner. I believe that Bush was wondering how it worked, not how to work it. “You wave the little bars in front of the glass and bingo! Your price comes up.” isn’t really understanding the device.

    I guess it’s like news. The liberals determine who’s stupid or not. Bush I, Bush II, Dan Quayle – stupid. Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Maxine Waters – not stupid. Because we say so.

  • MT Geoff

    #32: Arkie, yes, this is all GW Bush’s fault. If Obama-esque policies had been in place earlier, the I-phone might never have reached the public. Obamanomics is all about squelching innovation.

  • nick

    you pathetic liars
    he made calls sucessfully

    you are to be pitied FING losers

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  • hzane

    fyi to commentors below – it’s spelled iPhone.

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