Liberty Rocks

World & US News Round-ups, Commentary & Research Information

Obama Digs Another Hole with New Campaign Ad, “1982” – PART I

Posted by Admin on September 12, 2008

UPDATE #1: Please see below the original post for information in response to a reader’s comment.

UPDATE #2 – If you haven’t read the post below, please read it first to understand how this whole situation concerning this Obama ad “1982”, the insinuations and allegations against McCain, and the response unfolded today.  I have continued the story with the response of the McCain campaign explaining the quotes, and the things found in Obama’s ad.  If you have already read the following post, please see this post for “the rest of the story”: Obama Digs Another Hole with New Campaign Ad, “1982” – PART II. [A special note to our Canadian friend, Lex whose comment appears below this post…  You may wish to read this.  Turns out I was right.]

[Thanks to FReeper “LSUFan” for making this excellent point over on]

Barack Obama’s campaign has released a new ad that has older Americans up in arms – as well as anyone else who either has not learned how to use a computer, simply doesn’t feel the need, or perhaps just can’t afford one.  In the ad he charges that McCain can’t send an email, and is “computer illiterate”.

You can view the new ad here: Obama Ad: 1982

Hidden behind the commentary of the ad, of course, is a smear against McCain that he is “too old”, or just “too stupid” to be “in touch” with the modern world. Here’s a clue for Obama though — when he was just a lad, John McCain was learning how to operate this incredibly technical machine…

Cockpit of the A-4 Skyhawk - the plans McCain flew in Vietnam

Cockpit of the A-4 Skyhawk - the plane McCain flew in Vietnam taking off and landing on an Aircraft Carrier.

Here is another view of this complicated piece of aviation machinery:

The A-4 Skyhawk - the plane McCain flew in Vietnam.

The A-4 Skyhawk - the plane McCain flew in Vietnam.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty darn sure that if John McCain is capable of taking off and landing an A-4 Skyhawk onto an aircraft carrier in all possible conditions that Email would be a snap for him – if he felt it was necessary.  The truth is – even if others may rely on technology to get their work done people have succedded just fine for centuries without it.

I wonder though… Could a community organizer like Obama master the A-4 Skyhawk?

And, what in the world are his advisors thinking with basically calling anyone who doesn’t use, or wish to use computers, or just can’t afford one, stupid?  Do they WANT to lose this election?  That sure seems to be the case as the holes they are digging just keep getting deeper…

McCain is right — Obama is NOT ready to LEAD, but he sure is ready to SMEAR!

PS – Lest anyone feel that I haven’t addressed the other part of Obama’s 1982 ad – the part about John McCain and the Economy. Here, in full detail, are the plans the McCain/Palin Team are going to push for when they are elected to represent our country in Washington, D.C.:
The McCain Economic Plan


A Response to one of the comments below that I would like everyone to please read as it brings up something in relation to the ad that I haven’t heard anyone even mention before in all the chatter in cyberspace over this ad…

Hi Robin,

I recognize the point you make about being familiar with all methods of communication at your disposal.  However, allow me to ask you a question, if I may…

If he was not capable of doing his job in Washington without a computer up to this point would he be as successful as he has been in Washington since 1982?  The truth is our Elected Officials in Washington have such large staffs that they don’t NEED to know these things in order to do their jobs.  As I mentioned, people have been doing these jobs very well, I suppose on the whole around 200-some years without a single computer, and somehow a man with proven achievements is being vilified because he had more important responsibilities as a very busy man in Washington serving his country than learning how to use email when most of his contacts he saw everyday, and he could use the phone to speak to his loved ones whenever he wanted?

I don’t know there is something refreshing about a man who writes everything down.  At least he can’t delete any emails to cover anything up unlike some pretty prominent Democrats (and yes, some Republicans, too) have in the past! 😉

Anyway, what it comes down to is this.  Honestly, please think about this; don’t you think that if McCain required the use of email to complete his duties as President, and if he was intelligent and skilled enough to fly the plane you see above, that he could learn to do so in a short amount of time…

I’d also like to ask another question that no-one to my knowledge has bothered to even think about apparently – at least no-one in the Obama campaign.. McCain’s arms were permanently injured from his time being tortured as a POW after his plane crashed and they were both broken.  I wonder if anyone even stopped to think for even ONE moment that perhaps it may HURT McCain to type and/or use a computer, or even cause further damage? (He is only able to lift his arms up to a certain point, he does not have full range of motion.) Are they really going to risk making fun of a true hero who perhaps cannot comfortably sit and type with his arms extended due to being severely injured and left to heal awkwardly by his cruel communist captors?

Again… I believe Obama has dug an even deeper hole for himself.  I hope the above doesn’t turn out to be the reason that McCain doesn’t use a computer.  It’ll be ugly for Obama if it is, not that I’ll be overly heartbroken, mind you.

I do appreciate the comment though.  It made me see more clearly that Obama is definitely in the wrong on this issue, IMO, of course!

10 Responses to “Obama Digs Another Hole with New Campaign Ad, “1982” – PART I”

  1. jonolan said

    Yes, I wonder how Obama’s computer-disadvantaged Black constituency feels about this.

  2. Robin said

    I don’t think the ad is criticizing anyone in the general population for not being computer literate, it is criticizing a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE for not being computer literate.
    Choice is choice, but anyone in any sort of administration should be familiar with the methods of communication currently in use… particularity someone who wants to lead the most powerful country in the world.

  3. lex said

    HAHHAHAHAH.. . that is a clever ad and Robin is right, Mcain should learn how to write an email. It is ridiculous that he doesn’t and your comment re: his arms might is sort of a weak and kind of funny. Trust me, if his arms were in pain, we would know all about it.

    Anyways, I am Canadian and because we feed on the US media machine, I have become quite familiar with all of the nuances/nuisances of your political race. It saddens me deeply that the people of your country are so divided and entrenched re: your political partisanship and that republicans (like yourself) are so darned stubborn that they can’t take a real look at the situation that the US is in and realize that maybe McCain and Palin don’t really have a plan to get you out of this hole that Bush and his cronies got you into.

    The facts speak for themselves: the US is at war, your economy is falling apart, and your international relationships stink to say the least.

    Your economy is sick and is in need of some serious work. McCain’s economic approach is strikingly similar to that of Bush and look where that got you. Although the Democratic approach may or may not be all that better, but at least it is a move away from the “race to the bottom” approach the republicans have adhered to for so long.

    Your international relations are the worst they have ever been and the US seems to be entering the world stage ass first as of late. You either you need someone with a softer hand, ie. Obama, or if, heaven forbids, McCain wins, you’d be better off to revert back to isolationism because the heavy handed approach McCain offers just will not fly in today’s world, see the laugh shared throughout the world when the US demanded that Russia leave Georgia even though the peace process was already negotiated and underway. The late US intervention had zero relevance in the eventual de-occupation.

    I won’t even get started on your war in Iraq, but it was a mistake that has cost way too many innocent US and Iraqi lives (with the exception of Saddam of course) and it should have been abandoned years ago.

    At the end of the day, anybody is better than Bush. It’s just that McCain is quite similar to that simpleton in a lot of ways and Obama is a safer bet in my book.

  4. ziggy said

    So how is the Obama campaign going to react to the fact that McCain can’t send an email because his war injuries were so severe, he can’t use a keyboard. Damn when facts get in the way of good lefty narrative.

  5. […] Obama digs another hole with new Ad, “1982″ […]

  6. richasis said

    Earlier today, Barack Obama’s campaign released an ad attacking John McCain for not knowing how to send an e-mail. Their crack research team apparently never heard of Google or Lexis-Nexis, but Jonah Goldberg does. He discovers why McCain doesn’t use a keyboard — his torturers made sure he couldn’t. The Boston Globe reported it eight years ago:

    “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.”

    Making fun of a war hero’s severe injuries — smooth move, Team Obama. Talk about computer illiteracy! Doesn’t anyone on the Obama campaign know what they’re doing? Didn’t it ever occur to them that a man who can’t raise his arms above his head might have a physical barrier to using a computer?

    What a terrible error, Team Obama.

  7. Berry said

    Obama: I’ll ‘respond with the truth’

    I’ll point at the cripple and laugh at him. Yea, cause he can’t use a computer keyboard and has to have his wife type for him. HAHAha…

    Ya’know the dude can’t even tie his own shoes or raise his arms high enough to comb his own hair. McCain is so OLD! HAHahaha…

  8. Admin said

    To ROY:
    I believe you posted your comment to the wrong entry here at my blog. Your comment appears to be directed towards PART I or PART II of this post. However, when I approved it, it showed up here instead: as a comment at the end of the Saddleback Civil Forum. As you assumed I wouldn’t approve the message I just wanted to make sure you saw it… I will copy this comment on Part II as well…

    If you would like to re-submit your comment, feel free to copy & paste it again. I would suggest following some of the editorial comments I offered on the other post in response to your comment. It’s very hard to understand… Oh, and you spelled “Obama” wrong. There are 2 “As” in Obama…


  9. […] Obama Digs Another Hole with New Campaign Ad, “1982″ – PART I […]

  10. Slow Poke said

    With todays modern technology, e-mail is certainly not a prerequisite for being President. If e-mail and computers are so important, why are there still stenographers in every court room and all hearings of significant importance… besides, e-mail is terribly abused and costing this country and the employers tons of money… Libs, get a life… pick on something important, like your nose…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: