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Obama "Old Man" Ad Attacks McCain's War Disabilities
NRO - The Corner ^ | 12 September 2008 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 09/12/2008 4:01:22 PM PDT by PhatHead

The Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

"Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."
Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary." The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
In a similar vein I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ads; attackad; campaignads; danpfeiffer; election; electionads; emails; internet; mccain; mccainattacks; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; pow; typing
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To: PhatHead
The title you created

"Obama 'Old Man' Ad Attacks McCain’s War Disabilities"

did not match the title at the source and had to be changed.

However before your self-made title was noticed and corrected, five other people had posted this same article using the correct title. Those other threads then had to be pulled or locked to this one. We're trying to reduce the number of pulled threads. Please do not create your own title or alter any title from a published source. Thanks.

101 posted on 09/12/2008 8:06:49 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

thanks for fixing


102 posted on 09/12/2008 8:09:26 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: Miss Didi; CharlesWayneCT

Thanks for the info. It didn’t seem possible that he wouldn’t be familiar enough with a computer to do email.


103 posted on 09/12/2008 8:14:37 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of The Free Because of The Brave)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

This story made AOL news...which is huge.


104 posted on 09/12/2008 8:16:59 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Miss Didi

I have an older Democrat relative.

She just watches TV.. no internet.

She was trying to goad me about John McCain not knowing how to use the Internet or the computer.

And I said yeah it’s because he can’t use a computer, tie his shoes or comb his hair because of his war injuries.

She was speechless. She had no idea what to say. It was like “Oh I should have never brought that up”


105 posted on 09/12/2008 8:34:08 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: beaversmom
...Obama is a pig...

Without lipstick.

106 posted on 09/12/2008 8:34:23 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Palin's hot and she has a birth certificate.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

I didn’t realize the extent of his injuries until recently...and I’m a political junkie. Imagine the rest of the folks.


107 posted on 09/12/2008 8:39:36 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: FReepaholic

What in the world are they thinking ?


108 posted on 09/12/2008 8:40:01 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Reagan conservatism is back ! .. Thank God for Sarah.)
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To: mylife

Mac has been using a computer for a while. The ad is false based on that alone:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/07/29/MNQS120PDK.DTL

He added, “But I am forcing myself ... let me put it this way, I am using the computer more and more every day.”

“I use a computer almost every day. I go on different web sites ... ours and the various media,” he said.


109 posted on 09/12/2008 8:41:20 PM PDT by cw35
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To: PhatHead

Between this and Palin, I’d say the Democrats just lost the handicapped vote.


110 posted on 09/12/2008 8:41:36 PM PDT by rmlew (NYARLATHOTEP / BIDEN'08 . If you don't believe me check out the first's wikipedia page.)
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To: PhatHead

Hey...did you make this this one too?


111 posted on 09/12/2008 8:44:04 PM PDT by rlmorel (Who is Saul Alinsky and why is Barack Obama is a disciple of his methods?)
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To: Miss Didi

You know, that pig in lipstick comment really took my breath away.

but this almost makes me cry. I may not always agree with John McCain, but he is one of my heroes. He is someone any American kid can look up too. Like so many, he put his every breath on the line for this country.

to picture Cindy checking his email for him and him sitting there. I dont know. it just. whoa.

They are treating John and Sarah like scum.


112 posted on 09/12/2008 8:45:51 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Reagan conservatism is back ! .. Thank God for Sarah.)
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To: rlmorel

yep!


113 posted on 09/12/2008 8:46:09 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead

While I agree this is outrageous, and to be pounced upon to the extent prudent or advantageous, the daily carnivals of scandal, smear, gaffe, investigation, and faux pas that drive every election sprint MUST NOT throw us off the task at hand: McCain, Palin, and all of us have to buckle down on economic issues and meat/potatoes policy messages about why our ticket is better for America than Hussein/Binladen.

We’re all mezmerized by Sarah and yes, there is steak under all that sizzle—but Hussein/Axelrod and their minions/media mustn’t be afforded any opportunity whatsoever to re-seize any initiative at all on fundamental issues about America’s future.

If McCain galvanizes and drives home some more much-needed, solid credibility on the economy(beside his minor trump mojo on domestic drilling) we’ll have those battleground states after all, and all along will be knocking bogies like this out of the sky in flames.


114 posted on 09/12/2008 8:46:10 PM PDT by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: VigilantAmerican

I agree - I was dismayed by the faux outrage type ads, and the Jane Swift concall this week. Respond with humor, or with the “not angry, but saddened” or something along the lines of “well, I’m sure Sen. Obama had no idea why I can’t type, but that’s what happens when you focus on personal attacks instead of issues. I’d rather talk about reducing taxes, etc....”

In short, we’re on the same page. But the gaffery is a joyous by-product of the current momentum of the race...


115 posted on 09/12/2008 8:48:57 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: jacquej

Ping!


116 posted on 09/12/2008 8:49:04 PM PDT by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: VigilantAmerican

I have got to take issue with you here.

Both Sarah and John talked about keeping taxes low, reform, energy indepenence ?

you sound like a Democrat. I guess you want to hear about some welfare programs ?


117 posted on 09/12/2008 8:49:34 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Reagan conservatism is back ! .. Thank God for Sarah.)
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To: PhatHead

Good work!


118 posted on 09/12/2008 8:49:44 PM PDT by rlmorel (Who is Saul Alinsky and why is Barack Obama is a disciple of his methods?)
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To: rmlew
Maybe we can get Biden to tell a racist joke that offends the only constituency Obama has left. He has already offended Catholics, Indians(the East Asian variety), paraplegics. If we goad him into pissing off lesbians, 9/11 truthers and African Americans McCain wins by a landslide.
119 posted on 09/12/2008 8:50:22 PM PDT by JrsyJack
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To: Miss Didi

I didn’t either!

I knew he walked a little stiff and I never saw him get animated with his arms very much.

But I understand now. He had every bone broken in his body.

Obama was a community organizer. I’m sure Obama sacraficed a lot to do that.. /sarcasm


120 posted on 09/12/2008 8:51:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: JrsyJack

LOL!


121 posted on 09/12/2008 8:51:53 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: PhatHead

I think it is amazing Obama wants to take charge of health care in this country when he has YET to heal a crippled child.


122 posted on 09/12/2008 8:53:14 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: PhatHead

I concur—the sheer mirth and glee with which we can watch those Ivy League marxist idiots twitch and flail and taste the medicine of a bad boomerang hoodoo is beyond price!

No reason not to have fun while we bear down and deliver withering fire directly on the target.


123 posted on 09/12/2008 8:55:02 PM PDT by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

EXACTLY. If it had been Obama instead of Biden telling that guy in the wheelchair to stand up, he would have!


124 posted on 09/12/2008 8:55:07 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead

Obama shows himself to be the self-righteous CREEP that he is. Maybe the Obamessiah could HEAL McCain of his war injuries.


125 posted on 09/12/2008 8:57:01 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Maybe you did not read as was reported elsewhere that McCain reads his e-mail every night with Cindy. It is painful for him to type but he dictates his responses to Cindy who types them for him.

By the way, Rush was saying today that George Bush loved e-mail, but hasn’t sent a one since elected president.

It’s not something presidents do.

Fortunately, Barak will never be in that position.


126 posted on 09/12/2008 8:57:46 PM PDT by altura
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To: P-Marlowe

“No. As I stated on the other thread, you look lie a pansy if you DEMAND an apology. McCain can simply run an ad explaining why he can’t use a computer.”

How about an ad of John and Cindy sitting together, as she types out an email to Obama explaining _why_ he can’t type it himself? :)

- John


127 posted on 09/12/2008 8:59:38 PM PDT by Fishrrman
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Sorry, didn’t mean to pick on you ... hadn’t seen the several other replies that explained the situation when I posted.


128 posted on 09/12/2008 9:00:13 PM PDT by altura
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To: PhatHead
To say that John McCain doesn't know how to use a computer or email due to war injuries is just silly.


129 posted on 09/12/2008 9:02:08 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Spktyr
The problem is that as of the last time I looked at it (about six months ago), there’s a LOT of websites it doesn’t work with, especially those with a lot of Flash. You’d have to be able to use the keyboard and mouse to navigate. In addition, the very best systems require some training time and that can be *extremely* frustrating.

The major problem she had was with her pet birds being in the same room. Their squawking messed up the commands. I learned the limits of limited web capabilities when I started out on WEB TV years ago. Hours fixing a problem on a computer still didn't equal my frustration with Web-TV LOL.

I have taught a quad with fairly reasonable hand use to use a keyboard and mouse though. Her computer is on the other side of the room from mine. I did a few modifications like an optic mouse and set it's properties fairly sensitive. She can use it enough to do things like looking up her interest etc.

130 posted on 09/12/2008 9:02:29 PM PDT by cva66snipe ($.01 The current difference between the DEM's and GOP as well as their combined worth to this nation)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Give me a freakin’ break. I’m saying they need to stay on message and clarify it, convince more people in battleground states that they truly understand economics and can steer us all through a mess.

Most people have very little grasp of basic economics, and still can be swayed by Hussein’s loquaciousness. McCain himself has given the libs ammo to say he’s behind the curve.

Gaffes and knife fights are good drama, but the bottom line is still the bottom line.

Having trouble keeping up, are ya?


131 posted on 09/12/2008 9:02:57 PM PDT by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
He seems remarkably thin-skinned, petulant and, frankly, juvenile. How about "Wasilly?" How about when he gave the finger to Hillary (remember that?)
132 posted on 09/12/2008 9:03:00 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead

Yea I read it. I’m just saying there is technology out there where almost anyone with even severe arm & hand limitations can use a computer themselves or with minimal help.


133 posted on 09/12/2008 9:04:37 PM PDT by cva66snipe ($.01 The current difference between the DEM's and GOP as well as their combined worth to this nation)
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To: PhatHead

Remember when the dems made fun of Dole holding a pen in his useless hand because of his war injuries?


134 posted on 09/12/2008 9:05:26 PM PDT by Conservababe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Yes, it was stupid of Obama to say McCain doesn't know how to use a computer. Obviously, he does. But he has difficulty typing on a keyboard due to his war wounds. So it's a double gaffe.
135 posted on 09/12/2008 9:06:25 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Erm, why is it silly? Doing a quick signature on a book is a far cry from typing on a keyboard for hours.


136 posted on 09/12/2008 9:07:18 PM PDT by jddqr (White queen checkmates black king: http://palincheckmate.com)
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To: cva66snipe

Sure, agreed. Everybody adapts the way that works for them, though. And Presidents rarely use email anyway. I am still very curious why Obama thought McCain did not use email. This ad was very poorly thought out and makes him look bad in so many ways.


137 posted on 09/12/2008 9:09:00 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead
Those with disabilities aren't missing this about the candidates:

Palin in her convention speech: (who did not abort her child who she knew would be born with Down's syndrome) "...for those with special needs childen. Let them know they will have a friend in the White House."

Obama's and Biden's actions:

Biden at speech - pointing to a State Senator (whom he should have known was disabled and in a wheelchair): "Ask that man to stand up. Come on ,man, stand up, stand up! Oh my God!..."

Obama campaign ad: "McCain is a man so far behind that he still doesn't know how to use a computer. Can't even send an email..."

Now we know, just like all other liberals who advocate abortion of fetuses who would not be born perfect - Obama and Biden can't accept any human with special physical disabilities. They are sounding more and more like they have adopted Hitler's philosophy each day. Yet, they will tell us they just made "mistakes." OMG - are their handlers really so stupid to believe the public hasn't caught on? Or so inept that they don't have information that is public knowledge?

138 posted on 09/12/2008 9:09:19 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: PhatHead

Yes, all of that is seared, SEARED in my mind. ;)


139 posted on 09/12/2008 9:09:47 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: jddqr

Erm, why does an e-mail have to take HOURS?

Does McCain, drive? Does he feed himself? If so, he can use e-mail. Don’t insult people with disabilities.


140 posted on 09/12/2008 9:11:36 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: PhatHead

141 posted on 09/12/2008 9:14:02 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: PhatHead
OMG!!!!

As soon as I read this I flashed back to a scene from Ruthless People

Lt. Bender: GIVE THE BAG TO BOZO, DROP THE GUN, AND PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR.
Earl Mott: Who said that?
Lt. Walters: This could very well be the stupidest person on the face of the earth.
Lt. Bender: IT'S THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Earl Mott: Really?
Lt. Bender: NO! WE'RE THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION!

Barry Hussein's Campaign may go down as the stupidest ever.

142 posted on 09/12/2008 9:17:11 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: I'm ALL Right!

HAHAHA! It was Christmas Eve, 1968...


143 posted on 09/12/2008 9:17:55 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead

Great post, btw.

Remember how the Clintonistas broke all the “W” keys off the keyboards of the White House computers, or at least the transition office computers or something, upon being ousted in 2001?


144 posted on 09/12/2008 9:19:48 PM PDT by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: PhatHead

lol!


145 posted on 09/12/2008 9:20:52 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: maggief

I emailed it to Rush — he’s gonna love it!


146 posted on 09/12/2008 9:22:17 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: cva66snipe
The point is not whether or not the technology exists to allow the handicapped to use a computer, drive a car, or do any number of things. The point is that the ad serves to illuminate the state of the Obama campaign. They are falling apart at the seams so much so that they are either purposely disregarding all civility or are just being sloppy.

Let's not forget that in politics, all perception is reality and the perception once again is that the Obama campaign has offended a large segment of the population.

Perhaps its just schadenfraude (sp) on my point but I sorta enjoy watching the self-righteous SOB squirm.

147 posted on 09/12/2008 9:23:49 PM PDT by JrsyJack
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To: PhatHead

Far be it from either B.H. Obama or David Axelrod to overplay a weak hand.

LOL


148 posted on 09/12/2008 9:25:39 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: VigilantAmerican

I remember that - it burned me up that Bush did not make an issue of that vandalism.


149 posted on 09/12/2008 9:26:08 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead; sarasota

In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it’s like to navigate New York’s highways.


That said it all! Thanks for posting this...


150 posted on 09/12/2008 9:30:08 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (McCain/Palin...2 pit bulls, one with lipstick! Pigs will fly with lipstick Nov. 4th)
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