You could be forgiven for thinking that the big hearing before the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations this week was a chance for lawmakers to grill Apple about some of its controversial tax practices. And yes, there was some of that.
But as Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook testified, lawmakers were eager for him, and really, all of us, to know that they love Apple. They really do! Just like regular folks.
"I love Apple," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). "I harassed my husband until he converted to a Macbook. I'm very proud of Apple as an American company."
Ho-kay. Can anyone top that?
Here's Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), noting:
"We love the iPhone and the iPad. People in Mexico and Canada love the iPhone and the iPad. I've got one right here!" Levin said, whipping out an iPhone with a yellow bumper. "My granddaughter even knows how to use it. It's a terrific instrument."