Hang on a Second, Obama Has a Fitbit Surge?

By Alissa Walker on at

Maybe Tim Cook lost his address? Of all the public figures sporting shiny new Apple Watches this week, the leader of the free world is not one of them. Our president is a Fitbit guy. Fitbit Surge, to be exact.

Wall Street Journal tech reporter Joanna Stern identified the fitness-tracking band on Obama’s wrist during the newspaper’s interview, which was recorded Monday:

This is an interesting development. In February Obama told Re/Code’s Kara Swisher that he did not own a Fitbit and that he was looking forward to seeing the Apple Watch.

But it seems like Fitbit got to him first since the President has sported the device for at least a month—he was spotted wearing it to a basketball game and in meetings.

Perhaps the bigger question here is why exactly does the POTUS need a fitness tracker? Is he trying to tone up his bod in preparation for life outside the White House? Perhaps he was urged by Michelle to start tracking his steps as part of her Let’s Move campaign? We may never know.