Skip to comments.Obama "Old Man" Ad Attacks McCain's War Disabilities
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.
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Thanks for the info. It didn’t seem possible that he wouldn’t be familiar enough with a computer to do email.
This story made AOL news...which is huge.
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”
I didn’t realize the extent of his injuries until recently...and I’m a political junkie. Imagine the rest of the folks.
What in the world are they thinking ?
Mac has been using a computer for a while. The ad is false based on that alone:
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.
Between this and Palin, I’d say the Democrats just lost the handicapped vote.
Hey...did you make this this one too?
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.
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.
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...
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 ?
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
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.
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.
EXACTLY. If it had been Obama instead of Biden telling that guy in the wheelchair to stand up, he would have!
Obama shows himself to be the self-righteous CREEP that he is. Maybe the Obamessiah could HEAL McCain of his war injuries.
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.
“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? :)
Sorry, didn’t mean to pick on you ... hadn’t seen the several other replies that explained the situation when I posted.
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.
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?
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.
Remember when the dems made fun of Dole holding a pen in his useless hand because of his war injuries?
Erm, why is it silly? Doing a quick signature on a book is a far cry from typing on a keyboard for hours.
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.
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?
Yes, all of that is seared, SEARED in my mind. ;)
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.
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.
HAHAHA! It was Christmas Eve, 1968...
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?
I emailed it to Rush — he’s gonna love it!
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.
Far be it from either B.H. Obama or David Axelrod to overplay a weak hand.
I remember that - it burned me up that Bush did not make an issue of that vandalism.
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.