US President Obama has been an Apple fanboy for a while now, according to the upcoming book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics from Obama's political strategist David Axelrod. In 2007, Steve Jobs gave then-Senator Obama a private viewing of the iPhone before it was made publicly available.
According to Axelrod, Obama's first impression of the unreleased iPhone sounds pretty damn enthusiastic:
In 2007, Obama got a sneak peek at the iPhone during a private meeting with Apple's Steve Jobs. "If it were legal, I would buy a boatload of Apple stock. This thing is going to be really big," Obama said after the meeting.
Axelrod's book comes out on February 10, so we have to wait until next week for more specifics about how the meeting went down. The Washington Post estimates that Obama could've turned a $US400,000 investment into $US3.6 million if he'd skirted the law and bought stock. But hey, being a career politician requires continued Apple-related sacrifice — in 2013, Obama lamented that he wasn't even allowed to use an iPhone for "security reasons." [9to5 Mac via New York Daily News]