The iPhone is no longer cool

Karl Rove has one.

Published August 8, 2007 3:17PM (EDT)

Spotted by a Time magazine photographer at the site of the Minneapolis bridge disaster, presidential advisor Karl Rove shows White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten his iPhone.

No surprise here, I guess. Folks in the White House are known to swing Apple's way -- both the POTUS and VPOTUS have iPods; Bush's is (illegally) loaded with songs he got from his media strategist Mark McKinnon.

On double super-secret background, a White House insider who asked me to refer to him as a "former Capitol Hill staffer" let slip that Rove is most disappointed in the device's lack of 3G networking -- the EDGE network makes him wait 10, sometimes 20 seconds when sending out orders to fire a crop of U.S. attorneys.

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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