Steve Jobs is my Obama

The night President Obama decided to address the American people I was home, on my sofa, under a down comforter. On the table across from me were a bottle of Chianti and some chips (with zero trans fat!). I was tired, cold, and cantankerous. I had had a long day at work and was dwelling in self-doubt and engaged in a prolonged session of self- flagellation. The last thing I wanted to do was to listen to the president tell us how things were horrible. All I wanted to do was watch crime shows and fall asleep on the sofa.

My husband didn’t like my plan. He wanted to watch the State of the Union. “You can’t miss it, come on, you are journalist. It only happens once year.” I resisted, of course, saying that I was tried of politicians and their speeches, and that the only thing I really, really wanted to do was watch crime shows. He let it go since he is a nice guy, unlike me, and let me flip channels to my heart’s content. I never got to watch anything. I fell asleep before nine, right before the president’ address started and right before any crime show began. Husband wins –  once again!

The next morning, I grabbed the Washington Post, jumped on the metro, and headed to work. The main story was, of course, about the State of the Union. Apparently, the president talked the night before about unemployment, green energy, and the economy. Yawn! For someone who grew up in the Middle East and who was weaned on political speeches and patriotic songs, the article didn’t offer anything new or unique.

The story that was right beneath it, though, was one that made my eyes light up. It was about Steve Job’s latest toy, the iPad. Of course, I read the article with great gusto, thinking of the day I buy this toy and how it will enrich my life.

That’s when it hit me that it is actually Jobs not Obama who is altering the way we live, bringing the much needed “change” to our lives. He is the one making us more efficient, more connected, savvier, and eventually happier. Yes, ladies, and gentlemen, Steve Jobs is my Obama.


  1. Amal January 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    FINALLY!!! Thanks for coming out of the wilderness, Tash…missed your blogging.

    So now that you’re back maybe you can explain this to me-what’s the big deal about the IPod? And I’m not being sarcastic…I really don’t get it…

  2. jaraad January 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    According to your blog archives you didn’t blog since October 2008. Welcome back and I hope this is not just a temporary thing. I used to read your blog regularly. Regarding iPad the review on its screen is not good for using it as ebooks reader like the Kindle.

  3. Naveed Ahmad January 31, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I like your comparison of Obama and Steve Jobs. Obama’s success depends on the work of people like Steve Jobs and I missed his speech for the very same reasons you missed. However, Steve has been an all time favorite for what he was as a child and youngman and where he has reached. As of iPad, reveiws are anything but encouraging unlike iPhone. For example, you cannot open an a browsers if you are working in a word processing software . . . But the Apple has not launched anything that didn’t meet success as far as I know. Please read a speech by Steve Jobs on my blog or FB.

  4. Stephen January 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    First off, good to see your blog come out of its long dormancy.

    Don’t know if Steve jobs changes our lives with fancy pants over hyped technology

  5. kinzi February 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

    See how many of us never gave up hope you would come back? 🙂

    Hope to see you in Jordan soon

  6. mm Natasha - Site Author February 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I’m happy to be back. This blog needs lots of work but I will do my best to keep it updated.


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