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UPDATE: For most of you who don’t know, Bill and Hillary Clinton also do not use a keyboard as verified by Dick Morris. Are they out of touch as well?
Joe Biden to Couric:
“I thought that was terrible by the way,” Biden said of the ad.
“Why’d you do it then?” asked Couric.
“I didn’t know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we would have never done it,” Biden said, “and I don’t think Barack, you know, I just think…I don’t think there was anything intentional about that, they were trying to make another point.”
From ABC Jake Tapper reports on the injuries and computer use by McCain: http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/14/abc-yes-mccains-war-injuries-limit-his-ability-to-use-a-computer/
Assuredly McCain isn’t comfortable talking about this — and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this — but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn’t use a computer or send email is because of his war wounds.
I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again “playing the POW card,” but it’s simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically.
He can type, he occasionally does type, but in general the injuries he sustained as a POW — ones that make it impossible for him to raise his arms high enough to comb his hair — mean that small tasks make his shoulders ache, so he tries to avoid any repetitive exercise.
Again, it’s not that he can’t type, he just by habit avoids when he can repetitive exercise involving his arms. He does if he has to, as with handshaking or autographs.
Eight years ago the Boston Globe wrote about John McCain’s war injuries.
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.
After Vietnam, McCain had Ann Lawrence, a physical therapist, help him regain flexibility in his leg, which had been frozen in an extended position by a shattered knee. It was the only way he could hope to resume his career as a Navy flier, but Lawrence said the treatment, taken twice a week for six months, was excruciatingly painful.
”He endured it, he wouldn’t settle for less,” said Lawrence, who rejoiced with McCain when he passed the Navy physical. ”I have never seen such toughness and resolve.”
The One Obama APPROVES this message (high crimes):
Great blog on what is wrong with Obama’s entire campaign at http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com and from
Political issues have always been fodder for campaign ads anywhere in the United States, and this is no exception. Voters expect to see ads based on party platforms. This is not about the political points of the ad.
The premise of the article is that Obama ad writers are sufficiently uninformed about McCain’s physical problems, as they portray McCain as computer illiterate and less than tech savvy, and incorporate that into an attack ad on political issues. The timeline that other media journalists clearly identified McCain’s difficulties with using a computer, go as far back as 2000 (Boston Globe, Forbes, Slate), and therefore that information can easily be found through search engines.
Nevertheless, it is common knowledge McCain suffered very serious injuries from being shot down in Hanoi, in addition to the torture inflicted during his stay at the Hanoi Hilton. So much so, that he cannot raise his arms past his shoulders, he walks with a limp, and he has trouble using a keyboard because of his fingers. At the minimum, that could have been considered before creating the ad, for it might have triggered a second thought before proceeding in making it.
For the persistent critics, who may feel at ease managing a keyboard and a host of other electronic gadgetry, more power to you. Bear in mind however, physical limitations will always impede anyone’s ability to master a process that requires physical input, if they suffer from some disability that interferes with completing the multiple steps of said process. Upper extremity chronic problems can limit the extent and duration of any activity that requires their use, directly or indirectly, shoulder to fingertips.
Notice this article is not about mental/intellectual capability or will. Intent is clearly stated, as McCain admits, “I am learning how to get online.” And he does. To the extent he is physically capable. He has others who can maneuver more deftly in shorter periods of time, thereby hastening the completion of whatever cyber tasks are at hand. McCain does not complain about his limitations. He continues to plow forward in spite of them, while enlisting the assistance of others to facilitate the process when necessary.
Obama notwithstanding, at minimum tacitly condones the attack, because he approved the ad, even though he may not have actively/directly participated in its creation. As they say in the corporate world, the buck stops with the dude at the top, for he alone must take the responsibility for his employee’s actions. That is of course, if he indeed is responsible enough. Otherwise, he will pass this off as something insignificant, and thus give the appearance that it has no merit to justify action or intervention
What is next with the Obama campaign? Pulling chairs out from blind people????
The Obama campaign’s newest ad mocks John McCain as a computer illiterate who doesn’t use email:
“1982, John McCain goes to Washington,” an announcer says over chirpy elevator music. “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 e-mail, still doesn’t understand the economy, and favors two hundred billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class.”
“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.”
Goldberg also notes this 2000 Jacob Weisberg article:
“Six months ago, no one would have pegged McCain as the most cybersavvy of this year’s crop of candidates. At 63, he is the oldest of the bunch and because of his war injuries, he is limited in his ability to wield a keyboard.“
“In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate’s savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. “She’s a whiz on the keyboard, and I’m so laborious,” McCain admits.”
And the story of a noted president who was also disabled. http://theamericansentinel.com/2008/09/13/disgraceful/