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The same president who speaks to you through a TelePrompter is well on his way to propagandizing the population through a free App on Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

One week before President Barack Obama’s defiant State of the Union Address, the White House announced the new White House App available for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.  “The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand. (Dave Cole, White House blog, Jan. 19, 2010).

President In The Palm of Your Hand technology

The main event of President In The Palm of Your Hand technology is live video streaming.  Anyone with the App can watch the President’s public events at the White House; take part in frequent web chats with “Administration officials”, and get in on other events like key speeches and press briefings in real time.

Who needs tacky T-shirts or running shoes with Obama’s pictures when you can have the real thing right on your mobile phone?

For Obama and his gang of czars, fingertip propaganda has become the 21st century equivalent of the bicycle boast: “Look, Ma, no hands!”

Tuning in on da Prez through their phones is something the poor, for whom he claims Patron Saint status, will likely never be able to do.  The White House’s latest technology bells and whistles was launched at a time when Americans are hurting through loss of jobs and homes.

It costs roughly $150 a month to keep an iPhone in your possession, and that kind of money is needed by many Americans to help keep their school age kids toting peanut butter sandwiches in their lunch boxes and in warm winter boots.

Thirty-one percent of iPhone users are 35-49 years old, while only 12 percent of iPod touch users fall in this age segment, according to market statistics conducted by comScore and AdMob. 

More than 70 percent of users on both the iPhone and iPod touch are male.

In line with the older demographic composition of iPhone users, they also have higher incomes.  78% of iPhone users have an annual income of at least $25,000, compared to only 66 percent of iPod touch users.  Forty-six percent of iPhone users have children, compared to only 28 percent of iPod touch users.

Useful idiots in the mainstream media have been eclipsed by the White House App

Useful idiots in the mainstream media have been eclipsed by the White House App.  Research shows that 5 in 10 consumers on both iPhone and iPod touch devices use the mobile Web more frequently than they read printed newspapers.  More than 40 percent reported using the Internet on their mobile device more often than using the Internet from their computers or listening to the radio.

Warning: Checking out WhiteHouse.gov gives the government your email address and physical location through your mobile phone’s GPS device.

Transparency is the alibi for the White House App that delivers Obama to the palm of your hand.

The White House App also lets users stay up to date with the White House Blog and the latest from the Briefing Room.  Users can “browse” behind-the-scenes photos and watch on-demand videos.  The app provides instant access to full videos from recent speeches, press briefings, and special events.

There are no riders to App users explaining how they are seeing what WhiteHouse.gov wants them to see.

Obama’s takeover over the iPhone and iPod through the free App should come as no surprise to the unwashed masses.

Only nine days after his Jan. 20, 2009 inauguration, he met with the chief executives from the technology sector as part of his efforts to get his so-called “stimulus” bill rolling.

Tech company leaders present at the meeting included IBM’s Sam Palmisano, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Applied Materials’ Mike Splinter, Motorola’s Greg Brown, and Micron’s Steve Appleton.

Obama described it as a “sober” meeting,  boasting that the economic package would move its way through Congress creating more jobs and laying a foundation for long-term growth.

“It will invest in broadband and emerging technologies, like the ones imagined and introduced to the world by people like….so many of the CEOs here today,” he said, “because that’s how America will retain and regain its competitive edge in the 21st Century.”

Getting a leg up on emergency technologies for the Obama administration came one year later.

And it came with the irony that the “President in Your Palm” is the same one who sealed off all his personal records from public view.

 


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.

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