U.S. President Barack Obama revealed recently that one of the perks of his job includes having received an advance copy of Apple’s iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs himself.
Obama revealed the fact in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulous (viaNetworkWorld).
“Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early,” he said. “Yeah, it was cool. I got it directly from him.”
Jobs may have had an opportunity to present Obama, a self-professed fan of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry phones, with the device at a dinner in San Francisco in February, just two weeks before the unveiling of the iPad 2 in early March.
The dinner included several other prominent Silicon Valley executives, such as Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Oracle’s Larry Ellison. A photo of the gathering shows that Jobs was seated to the president’s left.
Obama has indicated that he holds Jobs in high regard. Last December, the president praised him as an exemplary model of the “American dream.”