Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Terrorists have laptops in their hideouts. Can we afford to have a leader who can't use one?

Osama Bin Laden is in a cave somewhere plotting the destruction of the western world on a laptop computer. So why is it that the Presidential hopeful, John McCain, can't seem to step into the 21st Century?

When the Republican candidate described himself earlier this year as a computer illiterate who had never gone online, it just made him look odd. And old.

When McCain was asked to avow Mac or PC and replied "neither"—a totally great response if the question had been "boxers or briefs?"— it sounded pretty last-generation.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the head of the National Security Agency went on television and described the United States as "behind the curve in keeping up with the global telecommunications revolution."

So McCain's admission that he was behind the same curve raises a larger, more troubling question: if Osama bin Laden beat us with a laptop, shouldn't we at least have a president who is reasonably conversant with one?


Anonymous said...

John McCain can't comb his hair or type on a keyboard because of injuries to his arms when he was a POW.

Albert said...


i always vote for someone based on ability to use a laptop. i don't worry about issues of integrity, knowledge, fiscal policies, foreign policies or if someone supports partial birth abortion or not. these are not important.

revolution said...

i can't tell if these two comments are serious or sarcastic. or a little of both

Anonymous said...

For the first comment, more thoughts (and links to various references) in this blog than most people probably care to know on this subject: but yes, serious.

revolution said...


Anonymous said...

So what I am hearing from a lot of folks seems to be that our next president will be decided by prejudices either for or against race, age, and/or gender.

There is a reason our founding fathers set up the electoral college rather than a popular vote for president and this election will show why it was intended.

Anonymous said...

the one thing you must remember my friend. it really does not matter if McCain can use a computer or not as president you do not e mail do to liability. if he were to use e mail it could be used against him. and any other computer use would be done by his staff. the advantage to being commandor in chief

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