McCain’s computer illiteracy just won’t fly

So easy a child can do it!

Over at Wired today, Noah Shachtman wrote a little piece about Barack Obama and his plans to secure the nation against cyber-espionage.

Speaking at Purdue University, Obama took a few shots at the Bush administration and went on to discuss his concerns about a potential online takeover of the nation’s infrastructure.

While he spoke in generalities, it was reassuring to hear that he is at least aware such a threat exists and is acquainted with the relevant terminology.

At the same time, his technologically challenged opponent, Republican John McCain, was probably scratching his head and asking his nearest advisor, “What does cyber mean?”

I’ve got nothing against senior citizens. After all, I am one. But let’s get real. John McCain is running for President of the United States. How on earth did he get this far in his career without at least learning to turn on a computer and surf the Internet? Or use e-mail? I’m only six years his junior, and I’ve been using computers of one kind or another since, umm, Trash-80s. When was that, 1980ish?

McCain wants to be the leader of the free world and he hasn’t even kept up with the standards in communication. No intellectual curiosity? No desire to keep in touch? Too lazy or detached to bother? Too aloof and insulated?

Maybe it shouldn’t matter. But it does. Computer literacy is as basic a skill today as using a phone or reading a newspaper was 50 years ago. It’s the 21st Century and our president needs to be computer literate.

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4 comments

  1. “McCain wants to be the leader of the free world and he hasn’t even kept up with the standards in communication.”

    Yeah! Where is his “myspace” page? LOL!
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    He’s probably still looking for some nice 12-yr-old to help him set it up. I’ll bet Cindy knows all about that stuff.

  2. Leafless, did you just use “Bush” and “Literate” in the same sentence?! I think that is worth bonus points.

    Frankly, I don’t care whether McCain or Obama are computer savvy or not. I don’t the President has much time to surf the net or download the latest YouTube videos.

    Godfather (theslowbleed.com)
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    Son of a gun, he sure did. Five bonus pts to Leafless!

    I agree the pres doesn’t have to know about computers, but I like to think our pres is smarter than I am. It would be embarrassing if the pres was going “duh” while some foreign leader was showing off his newest techie gadget. But I doubt any president could embarrass me any more than Bush already has.

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