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 FreeRepublic.com]
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…
Here is another view of this complicated piece of aviation machinery:
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
UPDATE (PLEASE READ):
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…
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!