'I'm the President of the United States. You Think I've Got to Go Borrow Somebody's Computer?' (Video)

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Barack Obama talks technology during a Univision town hall on education and the Latino community, with amusing results

On March 28, President Obama sat down with Jorge Ramos of Univision for a town hall discussion on education and the Latino community. This clip from that forum, held at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood, shows the president talking about having his own iPad and his own computer -- and provides a glimpse of that less commonly seen, at least these days, funny side of the oft stern-visaged commander-in-chief:

From David Jackson's report on the show:

Obama told Univision host Jorge Ramos that he has a BlackBerry, an iPad and his own computer -- and then joshed his host for expressing surprise at that latter possession.

"I mean, Jorge, I'm the president of the United States," Obama said to the laughter of the crowd at an education town hall broadcast by Univision. "You think I've got to go borrow somebody's computer? ... 'Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? ... How about you? You've got one?'"

Obama can often be seen checking his BlackBerry, which can be reached only by a select group of aides and close friends.

"I took my BlackBerry off for this show," Obama said, "because I didn't want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing. But usually I carry a BlackBerry around."

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/03/im-the-president-of-the-united-states-you-think-ive-got-to-go-borrow-somebodys-computer-video/73285/