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Obama: I’m a PC

I realize people have bigger things on their minds these days, but how did the blogosphere not pick up on this yesterday?

Because while it’s interesting (and important) to note that Intel (INTC) has committed to spending $7 billion in the U.S.–apparently at Barack Obama’s request–it seems that none of us Apple-obsessives noted this nugget: The President is a PC user.

The news came via Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who says he learned it from Obama first-hand. Computerworld:

Otellini said Obama called him last night to congratulate him on company’s decision. The president ‘reminded me that he sees the Intel logo every morning when he opens up his laptop; I was pleased to hear that,’ he noted.”

Of course, almost all Apple (AAPL) products, including any recent laptop the company has released, are based on Intel chips, too. But none of them advertise that fact (thanks to BusinessWeek Apple guru Arik Hesseldahl for on-the-fly confirmation) the way that Windows machines do.

In other words, when Barack Obama puts down his BlackBerry and boots up his laptop, he’s using a machine running Microsoft (MSFT) software. Next crucial question: What OS?


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