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George W. Bush invented the iPod!
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analogika
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Apr 22, 2006, 06:31 AM
 
George W. Bush aspires to Greatness - and has a Gore moment:

Apple has long boasted of its culture of innovation, and how this led to such products as the original Mac and the iPod. However, it turns out that, at least in the case of the iPod, Apple had a hidden ally: the US government. During a speech at Tuskegee University, President (and iPod user) George W. Bush told his audience, "the government funded research in microdrive storage, electrochemistry and signal compression. They did so for one reason: It turned out that those were the key ingredients for the development of the iPod."
That should be quite enough for a companion to the "Gore invented the internet" meme, I'd think.

     
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Apr 22, 2006, 06:53 AM
 
I don't see how DARPA funded research from years before GWB took office comes close to "I took the initiative in creating the internet."
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 08:28 AM
 
According to him, government funded the research with the express purpose of developing the iPod.

That's pretty funny.

I have no intention of Bush-bashing, btw - I just thought this was funny.

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Apr 22, 2006, 09:12 AM
 
Originally Posted by analogika
According to him, government funded the research with the express purpose of developing the iPod.
He said nothing like that. He said those technologies were developed for one particular reason, which he didn't mention. Then he said that those technologies turned out to be instrumental to the development of the iPod.
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 09:42 AM
 
No.

It's okay though.
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 10:30 AM
 
Government funded... iPod is socialism!
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 11:36 AM
 
If you hear the audio, it certainly seems like he was making a joke.
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 11:36 AM
 
First he invents Freedom, then the iPod. Awesome. Can't wait 'til he invents Exile.
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 11:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by yakkiebah
Government funded... iPod is socialism!
In America, iPod listens to you!
     
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Apr 22, 2006, 02:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by chabig
He said nothing like that. He said those technologies were developed for one particular reason, which he didn't mention. Then he said that those technologies turned out to be instrumental to the development of the iPod.
Right. Gore said the same thing about the Internet, but now we have the "Gore invented the internet joke." The OP just thought that Bush should get the same treatment Gore did.
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Apr 22, 2006, 07:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by yakkiebah
Government funded... iPod is socialism!
ZOMG REVELATION ITT!
     
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Apr 23, 2006, 02:36 AM
 
I wish that George Bush didn't invent wearing pants, I'd like to do without them.
     
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Apr 23, 2006, 03:06 AM
 
Maybe he can take credit for the Spanish American War as well. At least we won that war.
     
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Originally Posted by JoshuaZ
At least we won that war.
You won nothing.
     
   
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