President Obama dropped that line like it was hot.
In a speech in Miami on Thursday, while making a point about the need to fix, not scrap, his universal healthcare plan, the president referenced embattled tech giant Samsung and its explosive problem with the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
“When one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone, and it has a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it. They upgrade it,” Obama said, before chuckling and adding, “Unless it catches fire, then they pull it off the market.”
The line got a big laugh from the assembled crowd and video of it all was shared on Twitter by Politico’s Dan Diamond.
This is a simultaneous ??? on Samsung, Republicans and rotary phones. pic.twitter.com/HkHJeUfbL7
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) October 20, 2016
Obama continued his analogy by saying, “You don’t go back to using a rotary phone. You don’t say, ‘Well we’re repealing smartphones. We’re just gonna do the dial-up thing.’ It’s not what you do.”
Samsung issued a global safety recall of its flagship phone, and devices that were issued as replacements, after reports of phones smoking, catching on fire and exploding.