Obama wanted to buy a ‘boatload of Apple stock’ after seeing the original iPhone


When Apple launched the original iPhone back in 2007, it managed to wow a lot of people. While there were others who dissed the phone, it was praised by many, including President Obama, who got a sneak peek at the handset before its public announcement.

Obama’s Chief campaign advisor David Axelrod has revealed in his upcoming book Believer that Obama was given a sneak peek at the original iPhone in a private meeting with Steve Jobs in 2007. Obama was so impressed with the iPhone that after the meeting he said that if “it were legal, I would buy a boatload of Apple stock. This thing is going to be really big.” Apple’s share were trading at $12-15 a share, if you account for its stock split last year.

When he was first elected the President, Obama had fought vigorously to bring his BlackBerry to the Oval office — a battle which he eventually won and was given access to a more secure and upgraded handset from BlackBerry. However, at the White House Youth Summit in 2013, President Obama confessed that he loves his iPad and while he is interested in an iPhone, he cannot carry it for security reasons.