McCain & The Video Professor

John McCain, a self-confessed computer illiterate, finds the Video Professor’s computer tutorials.

Back in March, Mother Jones asked: “Do we want a commander-in-chief who can’t use a computer without assistance?”

Washington is full of these guys, and it’s so depressing. Larry Craig once said “I’ve never used the internet” (though we know he was lying). Ted Stevens thinks the internet is a series of tubes. Bush uses “the Google.” I can’t wait until we have a computer-literate generation of leaders in our Capitol.

Keep in mind that was back in March and now it’s the middle of July and McCain has only advanced to the point where can say: ‘I’m learning to get online myself, and I’ll have that down fairly soon.” Wow. Talk about a quick study.

12 Replies to “McCain & The Video Professor”

  1. Still, it does open up a new way to deal with people like Patrick Ross; you can simply say that he is incapable of learning. That expecting him to change is “educational romanticism”. And then you pat him on the head and send him off to bed with his glass of milk like Cindy-Lou Who.

    Oh wait. You are already doing that.

    Well, at least now you can say that even John Derbyshire thinks talking to him is a waste of time.

  2. I really do not see the difference between John Derbyshire’s long-winded and pretentious diatribe against learning a second language and some Conserva-cretin’s screed wherein it is remarked that “If English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.”

    Seriously, apart from verbiage, when it comes to “conservatives” there is simply no meaningful difference between crass scribbling and elite commentary.

  3. My dad is 84, and he’s more wired than I am (which, in honesty, isn’t that hard to be). He’s got an iPhone, a Blackberry, uploads his own digital photos and surfs with the best of them. Currently, he’s perfecting his search keyword technique — he’s convinced there’s a secret magic congregation of just a few words that will land him where he wants to go.

    I figure if he can do it, anyone can. And I tend to agree with those who feel our president really ought to at least get on the computer once a day.

  4. I don’t think it’s as much a case of age, as just being “out of touch”. As well, it speaks to a narrow mind and a lack of curiosity I think. It’s not as if computer have just suddenly appeared on the scene. In all these years he never had any interest in “getting on himself”… it’s baffling.

  5. “I don’t think it’s as much a case of age, as just being ‘out of touch’. As well, it speaks to a narrow mind and a lack of curiosity I think.”

    Yes, you’re right. And it’s funny — I’ve found a curious vein of fear in many people I encounter, vis-a-vis computers, the Internet and gadgets in general. Across all age spectrums. True, the older one is, the more one tends to fear modern technology — but it’s astonishing the number of 20-somethings I’ve met who have forsaken computers altogether.

    So, this would tend to bolster your observation, I think.

  6. I was kind of apprehensive at first, but had no kind of guidance at all and it was still mostly DOS based at that time. Completely Greek to me. Thankfully, Windows arrived on the scene not too long afterwards. That was pretty easy to work through. Lots of trial and error though…

    20-somethings forsaking computers? That’s news.

  7. Indeed, RT. I’ve spoken with at least five, in my own acquaintance. It’s strange, to me, to say the least.

    @lulugirrrlll — “Grampy McSame” — LOL! That one’s a keeper 🙂

    Reminds me of an online contest I read back in 2004 (the last election) for the best name for George W. Bush — can’t remember it, nor have I been able to successfully find it via search — but the winner was “Chimpler W. McHallipants.”

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