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Obama mocks McCain for not using computer in new spot.

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The voiceover, "Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn't. He admits he still doesn't know how to use a computer, can't send an email.

"Still doesn't understand the economy. And favors two hundred billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class."

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To be a commander in chief you need to lead and McCain will have all the support staff he needs. Not too long ago very very few executives did their on correspondance. This is a REAL Reach : You can have better attacks than the computer(in appears mean spirted )and not about good change

First, we have Joe Biden encouraging a handicapped, wheelchair bound MO State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up for a crowd.

And now we have the latest ad from the Obama/Biden camp making fun of John McCain for not being able to use a computer or send email. Obama/Biden poke fun at McCain, suggesting he is old and doesn't get the new technology.

One small problem. John McCain's hands were so severly crushed by his torture as a POW, he can't use a keyboard (During the 2000 election both the Boston Globe and Slate coved this.). It is physically impossible for him. John McCain cannot brush his own hair or tie his own shoes. He is a brilliant man, but he cannot lift one of his arms higher than his elbow. Prior to being tortured and having his bones broken over and over, John McCain could fly jets. So let's not pretend McCain is some doddering buffoon who doesn't understand technology.

Obama can send an email I presume but hey he can't fly a jet.

I assume by now you have learned that according to a Boston Globe story in 2000 and a follow up story in Forbes magazine, there is a simple reason why McCain does not type on a computer. The North Vietnamese broke his arms so badly that he cannot comb his hair or use a computer keyboard. Perhaps the glow from Obama has blinded the media to simple facts that are readily found on Google.

I am responding to Paul because the only answer any supporter gives for a criticism of McCain is that he was a POW. I admire that service and have two of his books, but come on!! There are many people who are handicapped in a variety of ways who still know how to manage new technology and there are computer modifications that one can purchase to be able to access the computer if one was interested.


I know that for many voters it is a leap of faith to choose Obama. It is a leap of faith to choose any of them, but Obama is the only candidate proposing to directly help the middle class, deal with health care and bring a sanity to our foreign policy and energy dependency. We need to take a chance on the Democrats this year. It is time for real change in our country.

I am responding to Paul because the only answer any supporter gives for a criticism of McCain is that he was a POW. I admire that service and have two of his books, but come on!! There are many people who are handicapped in a variety of ways who still know how to manage new technology and there are computer modifications that one can purchase to be able to access the computer if one was interested.


I know that for many voters it is a leap of faith to choose Obama. It is a leap of faith to choose any of them, but Obama is the only candidate proposing to directly help the middle class, deal with health care and bring a sanity to our foreign policy and energy dependency. We need to take a chance on the Democrats this year. It is time for real change in our country.

Obama must be running a comedy writing team, not a presidential campaign.

He makes an ad mocking McCain because he doesn't use e-mail. Wouldn't a 5 minute Lexis search show McCain can't use a keyboard for any length of time because of his beatings he suffered in Hanoi?

Now maybe Obama's campaign is not familiar with google or Lexis, but what is the excuse for the Sun-Times?

RE: John McCain's hands were so severly crushed by his torture as a POW, he can't use a keyboard.

I certainly appreciate Sen McCain's service to this country during VietNam. I had family there, and my best friend's smart handsome brother was killed sadly there. It was her only sibling. The great Glenn Miller was killed going to serve in WWll. I know, however, people that were greatly wounded and did not allow it to hamper important activities. A sure mark of intelligence and character is greatly displayed AFTER these kind of things happen. My cousin was the star of the Ray Charles Band '54-'64 in the heyday when they first became famous. Ray was remarkable and much more than the Ray movie showed. He even found a way to fly an airplane. Stevie Wonder uses the computer. A relative cooked for Roosevelt who didn't allow his disability to stop him. Even I became blind for a year due to illness, was paralyzed twice, and many other long lasting things that can inhibit basic things. One was daily and more painful than labor. I found a way to still achieve things like McCain could have done. McCain was in that aweful position for 5 years, sadly. I was in my greatly painful and debilitating circumstance "daily" for 51 years confirmed by top doctors in the USA. They see me as miraculous or something. It can be seen at NOBA Q DOT COM. No excuse for McCain in this all important Computer Age. None! For a leader, that is. We must certainly lead in the world skilled AND knowledgeable in it's present form. Without it, we're finished after Bush.

PS: RE: John McCain's hands were so severly crushed by his torture as a POW, he can't use a keyboard.

Although I didn't have the kind of money that McCain had access to through his wife Cindy, when I was paralyzed and in excruciating pain from another medical challenge, due to the important Information Age and computers being extremely important, I discovered "voice command." NO excuse for a leader of the free world. How Sweet the Sound on NOBA Q DOT COM will serve to assist others during great challenges, I pray.

I am responding to Paul.

I work in special education in the public schools. The best assistive technology is the most simple. In Mr. McCain's case, his staff or family types his emails as he dictates.

Do you really believe that an important qualification for president is being able to push the enter button?

I think a more important qualification would be one's ideas and thinking about a large population of our country: the disabled.

Between Mr. Obamas' ad and Mr. Biden asking a wheelchair bound senator to stand, it should be fairly obvious:

CHANGE we don't need: DISCRIMINATION against disabled American persons.

It's just amazing that McCain supporters use the fact that he was thrown in a box as a qualifier of why he should be President. No question that he served his country honorably. But I don't trust someone who's makes up lies about his opponent in ads to deceive the lowest common denominator of American people. Perhaps him being dishonorable was the "change" McCain has been referring to lately.

The debates can't get here fast enough!

Re: Do you really believe that an important qualification for president is being able to push the enter button?

No, ncgma, the actual "act" is not what we make judgments about voting, but the mindset or judgments of a leader supposedly that caused him to not see it as important to learn in this new age, Information Age, fully forthcoming. Or think he had no capacity to learn - somehow with big money. It greatly concerns me regarding McCain's vision about the future and example he sets. I expected him to have learned, like I did, that it's no way to judge the situation we might find ourselves in at any given moment. This is especially true at a time when we experienced 'obvious' enemies Sept 11th. It stays on my mind as a reality, for I was in NY.

After many challenging situations in my life, I once found myself the only person left alive among others. If that happens today with our leader in a situation that has "chosen" to limit himself, what happens to the nation? You remember, Flight 77 on Sept 11th was headed to the White House or Pentagon, but failed. Thank God! It's like a person not knowing how to use the telephone but insists on only using Pony Express in that age, but an emergency arises requiring modern technology for victory. No one around to USE, also. McCain would have failed us. Good soldier, perhaps, but no leader. Sorry, I've experienced too many things and know the difference regarding judgment.

Blessings.

PS: It even inspired me to make such judgments by Franklin Roosevelt saying how important it is to my grandmother. Thank God he made judgments different that McCain, for after becoming disabled but chose to learn certain things, he was suddenly faced with the Depression AND World War ll - with success. Thank God I know McCain won't win. Whew!

ONE GUY CAN'T SAY NUCLEAR AND THE OTHER ONE IS
COMPUTER ILLITERATE!
AMERICA WE NEED SMART PEOPLE TO RUN THE COUNTRY!
OBAMA AND BIDEN ARE SMART PEOPLE!
STOP GOING WITH THE GUY OR GAL ON THE BOTTOM OF
THE DECK!

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