A couple days ago, Neal Santos on his blog at the Philadelphia City Paper reported a close encounter he had with President Elect Barack Obama and his security detail in the gym that morning. He included the following information in his post, slipping it into the middle of the prose quite casually.
It wouldn’t be long before I could ask the man myself, as he walked majestically across the gym floor in his track pants and sweat shirt. I did a double take, and soon after that, looked around the gym to see if anyone else knew he was here. Nobody seemed to notice.
But he hopped on the machine next to me and broke a mean sweat while reading a copy of USA Today and listening to his Zune.
Little did Mr. Santos realize that the fact that he described President-Elect Obama rocking out a Zune would become such a cause célèbre, and soon, ZUNEGATE was born. It didn;t take long before the news that Obama was using a Zune had been picked up all over the net, including that bastion of Mac cultism, Gizmodo. Apparently Santos was so overwhelmed by angry emails saying he must have been mistaken and that Obama must really have been using an iPod which just LOOKED like a Zune, he felt the need to post a follow up including the following clarification…
I vividly remember Obama pulling out an MP3 player with his left hand while exercising on the machine. It had a dark case protecting it and from what I saw, he was using a Zune.
I’ve seen a Zune in action. I know what it looks like.
Seem pretty cut and dried to me. The man was using a Zune…a Zune in a case yet, so it was obviously a treasured personal tech gadget. I must admit, Mr. Obama is growing on me.