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.
You are kidding, aren't you. Do you not see the strain on his face? For how many seconds at a time have you ever seen him reach his hands out any further than this?
Furthermore, I'm an IT director for a 500 person company and have been exposed to a surprising number of people who seem perfectly normal in all respects but are in pain after typing 10 minutes. Typing is very unnatural so if you have any chronic shoulder, arm, wrist or finger problems, you can experience pain almost immediately at a computer.
That being said, I still wish McCain was a conservative.
That lazy Franklin Delano Roosevelt — sitting on his keister, wherever he goes!
What a bum, eh?
The ad they run should include the Boston Globe quote and end with Sarah saying "I'm Sarah Palin and I'm about to seriously lick someone's a$$!"
Those inconsiderate Presidents, Linclon, McKinley, and Kennedy — going around bleeding on things!
Admin deleted it - says I am spamming the graphic... WTF?
Wow...Admin just told me I am a spammer for putting this graphic on multiple threads... go figure... deleted a bunch of my posts...
Change we can believe in alright. Man this makes me mad, these people are truly sick!
Come ON! My gosh, his face is not showing ANY discomfort!
At any rate, he admitted himself that he is learning to get online and he emails on his blackberry. So which is it - he doesn’t because he is so impaired, or he just didn’t bother?
And there are many people who are or who have severely disabled people in their family, so McCain doesn’t have the monopoly on the disabled p.c. card.
I cannot believe how freepers are willing to contort themselves for the same person that was vilified on this forum just a couple of short years ago.
It’s the Schwarzenegger effect all over again. John McCain is a liar and most on here know it. The only difference is that we don’t want Obama to win.
Whatever, vote for McCain to avoid Obama but I’m not going to suspend reality or compromise myself for John McCain.
So he can use a Blackberry. That doesn't mean he can handle a full size keyboard with his injuries.
Lijahsbubbe, try clinging to Jesus. It helps people conquer bitterness. ;-)
BTW, I have about three touchy vertebra and there have been times that even using a mouse has been one of the causal factors in significant symptoms.
they are deserate... criminal types!
Typical white people, eh?
Well, they try to do a good job. I think the admins do all right, but it can be a little variable.
Don’t take it personally. I don’t think they like having stuff being sold on here so they are on the lookout.
I can tell you are posting it because you are proud of your work, but they need to make sure advertising doesn’t get out of hand. I don’t think they mind just a little.
You may want to go back and proof read your last post.
Good idea. The stae parties in the key states should run with this.
Oh, I know. I’ve been posting the graphic for a month or so - just added the link by request based on replies I got. I’ll lay low and re-post later with no link...
Repeat after me: "Proofreading is my friend. Proofreading is my friend..."
Joe certainly knows better. Obama's campaign isn't asking Biden a thing. Biden is just mailing it in now hoping that this next several weeks flies by so he can get back to doing whatever it was he was doing before this annoying interruption of his life he agreed to in being Obama's VP choice.
Someone please read and act on this. Obviously John McAin can’t use a keyboard due to his torture...but why not attack this ad with something along the lines of “We know what John McCain was doing in the ‘80s” but what about Obama? Wasn’t Barry experimenting with cocaine and other ilicit drugs? Hell I am in the miliatary and if I ever did drugs, I would never have gotten my security clearance. How can this man hold the keys to the football if he isn;t even eligible for a TS clearance?
Campaign advertising and messaging: $300,000,000
Getting your ass kicked by an old man and an Alaskan "Hockey Mom": Priceless /sarc
I don't think that's a tasteful idea.
Think he would have told FDR that? What morons these people are.
The latest in the NYT is that they have two minders following Joe around to fix his gaffes...
Obama will be on SNL and they have a skit where Fey will portray Palin.
If you used It’s called voice command programing to post on FR, you would be ridiculed with every post...
Thanks for the wink and sorry to hear you have physical challenges.
A hundred bucks says Barry doesn't know how to send an e-mail either.
Sun Tzu himself, reincarnated and grafted onto Machiavelli’s DNA, wouldn’t be recognizable to his own legion.
Picking Palin was a masterstroke of mezmerizing mojo.
Stand fast; don’t flinch; fix bayonets and await orders.
Notice Mr. Obamas body language starting at about 12:15, when he talks about John McCain:Obama's Impression of McCain.
Perhaps we are seeing things. But to our newly body language calibrated eyes it reads this way.
Obama starts talking about the McCain ad. He sets the scene. He says McCain is looking into the distance. Then he, Obama, looks into the distance.
And then Obama does the arm thing and it gets a laugh from the audience. Even though the line itself isnt particularly funny.
O.K., so we have an email dig, lipstick on a pig, questions on the maternity of Trig, a disabled arm imitation thing, ... and all from an arrogant prig.
Totally agree. Besides, do we really want to get in a discussion about disabilities and computer use? I worked with a woman who had very severe cerebral palsy and she worked as a technical writer at Motorola.
If McCain doesn't use a computer it's probably because he has secretaries and assistants to do it. Period.
It’s quick and tiny, but yeah. He does.
I don't know the program name or names but I do know a person who uses it ever day though. She can barely move her fingers. She moves them just enough to operate her wheelchair a keboard is out of the question. Actually she has been using trial or pre-release programs as well for a long time.
Another person who works in a hospital in a near by city where I live controls the HVAC system for the hospital by using voice commands. For that matter many of us likely every day use voice command or voice prompt computerized systems as many companies have gone to this type of system for customer service. The technology has been around a while. It's nice to have a spouse or family member help but having that independence is good also.
NOBODY with any credibility ever said he doesn’t know HOW; the actual TRUTH is that the long-term results of the injuries Senator McCain suffered in Viet Nam make TYPING a laborious, and painful exercise, so he CHOOSES NOT TO do it.
Signing a book is a far cry from typing; even something as brief as this post.
But go back and look at the picture you posted.
See the raised shoulder? Note the leaning to the side in order to get the shoulder up, and elevate the arm sufficiently?
People with full function of their arms don’t lean to the side when they raise an arms; they simply raise the arm.
Your world is thick with clues to a reality you’ve never seen. Get one.
And I hope he gets even "tougher."
Maybe he can rip older people as being useless to our society and a drag on our resourses.
And tell young adults they are jerks and should shape up, stop being so vacuous, and vote for him.
Then he could do a national, not just New Pennsylvania, attack on those of us who cling to our religion and guns.
Then he could go after people who have more than one child and trying to hog resources. Same for fat people.
Then he could attack white women for being racist for not voting for him and sexist for supporting Palin.
Then he could blast the media for not asking him tough questions, not digging into every detail of his life, and not questioning his drug use.
Then he could go after black people for not being more like white people.
And this is just the start.
When he decided to sweep that under the carpet in the name of a new tone in politics I knew we were in trouble.
Probably the worst damage they did was to switch all the phones around. In our system, removing a phone from its jack for more than a certain number of minutes causes the extension assigned to that jack to evaporate, and it has to be reassigned at the server, even though the wires are still connected to the panels. Thank God the little weasels didn't have keys to the closets, or they'd have pulled the wires out of the patch panels (if they'd been able to recognize them). I bet the White House phone team was ready to go to their houses with ballbats.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they come back with some stupid comment to cover themselves, like “Well he could use a voice recognition program.”
And he could.
I use such programs for preparing curriculum, reading articles, pamphlets, and textbook excerpts into my computer, and it types it for me.
But it STILL requires some keyboard work, ‘cause even using the high dollar programs, one must do some editing and correcting, and some formatting, using the keyboard.
Perfect response. I admit, I did not know that this was the reason he didn’t use the Internet. And you’re right, the McCain campaign should respond quickly and as sharply as you have. We’ll see how the weekend unfolds.
Well, if I hear anyone complaining about McCain not being able to use the internet, I’ll certainly set them straight.
I LOVE it! Obama really is an idiot. God help us if he's elected!
It's like the Obama campaign is being run by 3 to 5 year-olds.
Your post shows an ignorance similar to that of whatever wit in the Obama campaign came up with the sneering "can't use the internet" ad.
1 pic is worth 1,000 words!!!
McCain Ccampaign should be using this!!
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