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Barack Obama’s MacBook Pro

The President may carry a BlackBerry on his belt, but he does his demos on a Mac

Here's a nifty piece of product placement for Apple (aapl): Barack Obama doing a demonstration of healthcare.gov on a MacBook Pro with the Presidential Seal where the glowing Apple logo used to be.

The video, released Wednesday at WebMD, is pasted below the fold.

There were reports when Obama first took office that his campaign staff, accustomed to working on laptop Macs, were dismayed to find the Bush White House equipped with desktops running outdated versions of Microsoft (msft) Windows.

In his public remarks, however, Obama tends to play the technophobe, using Apple products as a prop. Take, for example, his commencement speech in May to Hampton University's class of 2010:

"With iPods and iPads, and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."

Below: Obama's healthcare.gov video.

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