And Those Grocery Store Scanners Are Pretty Amazing, Too

The President speaks to America’s youth:

“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 all that high on the truth meter,” Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

“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,” Obama said.

Sorry, but I have to borrow a line from Glenn here.

They told me if I didn’t vote for Barack Obama, we’d end up with a techno-illiterate in the White House — and they were right!

More seriously, is there anybody Obama won’t throw under that bus? Because this time, he’s sold out one of his harshest critics: Me. Recall that before he was sworn in, the Secret Service wanted the President-elect to give up his BlackBerry. Here’s what I said back then:

Here we finally have a technology giving presidents the power to peer outside their protective bubble. And what do we do? We take it away amidst worries about security and lawsuits.

There’s got to be a better way.

And so as it turns out there is a better way. And that is, the President gets to keep his CrackBerry, but you’d better think twice before picking up that shiny new iPad.

Because Obama’s a supergenius, but your wee tiny brain can’t handle all that “distracting” “content.”

PS Hey there, Mr. Supergenius President Sir? My four-year-old can work an iPod. Just sayin’.