As the U.S. Presidential campaign enters the final stretch, don’t look to us to bring you all the latest news and results. After all, we’re an iOS gaming review site, not CNN. But at a few key moments in the campaign, Slide To Play has covered the strange, brief intersections between national politics and mobile technology. Here are our five favorite political stories, each with an iOS twist.
President Obama Calls iPods, iPads a Distraction
As the class of 2010 prepared to graduate, President Obama delivered a commencement speech at Hampton University in Virginia that did more than just urge young people in the audience to turn off their cell phones while he was speaking. At the time, Obama said that too much information can be a distraction, especially if you only seek out sources that you’re likely to agree with. He also said that he didn’t know how to work an iPad, but he apparently learned, since in 2012 Vanity Fair magazine reported that the President uses his iPad during personal time after 10pm at night.
Key quote: “And 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.” -President Obama
Friday Slide: Obama and Jobs Off The Record
Shortly before the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama flew to California to chat with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Their conversation was off the record, but in a journalistic scoop that somehow evaded the Pulitzer Prize committee, Slide To Play produced a transcript that shows the President seeking to refresh his image like it was a new product rollout. OK, so we made up the details of the conversation, but isn’t it nice to imagine Obama taking his cues from Angry Birds? According to the NY Times, when Obama and Jobs met the next year, it was to talk about the (non-existant) possibility of manufacturing iPhones in the United States.
Key quote: “Steve, I’m looking to get past the conflict and launch Obama 2.0. It’s time for an upgrade. Something that will get people excited again– and nobody’s better at rolling out new features than you.” -President Obama (fabricated!)
Obama’s Minions Invade Rush Limbaugh’s Phone Through Siri
Apple’s rise over the last few years wasn’t all just blockbuster sales and revolutionary technology– it also hides a startling Bolshevik agenda. According to truth-seeker Rush Limbaugh, the helpful voice-activated guide Siri declared to Rush that “Obama’s minions are taking over” and “you don’t have a chance.” We think it’s more likely that Siri accidentally interpreted background chatter from Rush’s show as a voice request, or that Rush took a few too many of his happy pills that morning.
Key quote: “This is what you’re not gonna believe. What showed up on my iPhone was ‘Obama’s minions are taking over and there’s nothing you can do about it,’ and I hadn’t said anything like that!” -Rush Limbaugh
Mitt Romney Presidential App Misspells America
To show that he’s hip and with-it when it comes to modern technology, Mitt Romney’s campaign released a mobile app over the summer that let you take a picture and add a supportive slogan. As it turns out, though, Romney must be running for President of the United States of Amercia, because his app tragically misspelled the word “America” by transposing a couple of letters. Is this the product of failing US schools? Was the app development outsourced to another country? Does it reveal a simple oversight in Romney’s detail-oriented management style? Either way, it doesn’t look good to misspell the name of the country you’re running to lead.
Key quote: “Oh beatiful for spacous skies, for amber weves of gairn, for pruple moutain mastejies, above the frutied palin! Amercia, Amercia, dog shes hid grac no teeh, nad crown thigh hood with bothergood, som frea sho tining frea!” – Stephen Colbert
It all comes down to this: On November 6, two candidates will face the American people, and hit each other over the head with hot dogs and microphones. Chair Entertainment, who made the Infinity Blade series, released a goofy political combat game over the summer that lets you choose a side and pummel your opponent. Not rhetorically– physically. Though the app drew some criticism from sites like 148 Apps for promoting violence, we still got a kick out of the free app, giving it a mild recommendation.
Key quote: “Playing Vote!!! certainly won’t make you any smarter, but it’s good for a laugh.” -Reviewer Chris Reed