Sunday, July 13, 2008

McCain: Learning to get on the internet himself, Will not email or blog.

McCain sees himself in Teddy Roosevelt mold:
He said, ruefully, that he had not mastered how to use the Internet and relied on his wife and aides like Mark Salter, a senior adviser, and Brooke Buchanan, his press secretary, to get him online to read newspapers (though he prefers reading those the old-fashioned way) and political Web sites and blogs.

"They go on for me," he said. "I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don't expect to be a great communicator, I don't expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need."

Asked which blogs he read, he said: "Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously. Everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes I look at Politico. Sometimes RealPolitics."

At that point, Cindy McCain, who had been intensely engaged with her BlackBerry, looked up and chastised her husband. "Meghan's blog!" she said, reminding him of their daughter's blog on his campaign Web site. "Meghan's blog," he said sheepishly.

As he answered questions, sipping a cup of coffee with his tie tight around his neck, his aides stared down at their BlackBerries.

As they tapped, McCain said he did not use a BlackBerry, though he regularly reads messages on those of his aides. "I don't e-mail; I've never felt the particular need to e-mail," McCain said.
There's the confirmation I was looking for.

McCain does not know how to get online.

This leads me to believe that McCain doesn't have a computer either, because getting online only requires opening up a browser.

I am surprised by this.

Back in 2004 I was shocked to find out that the internet candidate, Howard Dean, didn't read blogs online [ My video blog report ], he also had his staff do it for him.

I guess I shouldn't be shocked by these things anymore, but it's been four years...


  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    I would think most great ceos do not get online.
    Why would you when you have people to do that for you? What great achievement has being online ever done for anyone other than to gain notariety from others online?

    The majority of sales commerce occurs in the real world. And that is where I would rather have my future President in the real world. It would be a little distrubing to find out that Prez Obama or Prez McCain went on a news conference and said,
    My fellow Americans, I just received a cool email this morning and found out that if you just pass on this email that MR. Bill Gates will send each of us $1,000. I have notified my staffers to write up a new proposal on our MySPace page then Facebook that if we all pass this on, we can solve the economic crisis that faces our nation. My staffers are tweeting about it right now to make sure everyone looks for this all important message from Redmond Washington. Mr. Gates you are a true American."

  2. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Tim, if you think the Internet is not 'the real world', you and John McCain will have plenty of time to talk about it in your rocking chairs when the world passes you by.

    Your scenario of the teeny-bopper online president is disingenuous and ridiculous. Were you saying the same thing about the hotline to Russia back in the day? That it would just mean the president and premier would be chatting about TV shows late into the night?

    You portray a vapid personality out of touch and not savvy about the power and pitfalls of the 'Net... which is someone exactly like John McCain; someone who's more likely to repeat the Gates hoax mail than a savvy user like Obama.

    Don't play us for idiots.

  3. Anonymous7:27 PM

    And what do you know, a recent story falls in my lap that illustrates just such a point. Motorola is in a free-fall and one of the many complaints as to how this could happen is that... its CEO Greg Brown is so disconnected from the world of electronic communication (in other words, the Internet) that he has someone print out his e-mail and then dictates replies.