Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry
MIAMI (AP) – Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.
At least that’s the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain’s work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, “You’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.”
A McCain aide later dismissed the remark as “a boneheaded joke by a staffer.”
McCain has acknowledged that he doesn’t know how to use a computer and can’t send e-mail, one of the BlackBerry’s prime functions.
Holtz-Eakin’s argument is similar to one advanced by Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000. Gore once boasted about “taking the initiative to create the Internet” through technological and educational policies. He later was mocked for claiming to have invented the Internet, although he never made such a claim.[..]
Senior McCain aide Matt McDonald said that the senator “laughed” when he heard the comment about the BlackBerry.
“He would not claim to be the inventor of anything, much less the BlackBerry. This was obviously a boneheaded joke by a staffer,” McDonald said.
In a statement, Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman Bill Burton said: “If John McCain hadn’t said that ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ on the day of one of our nation’s worst financial crises, the claim that he invented the BlackBerry would have been the most preposterous thing said all week.”
The old geezer can’t even access the internet or send an e-mail, how is he going to invent the BlackBerry? Now, before you wingers jump all over me over this… I realize that the reason he cannot use today’s technology is because his bones are old and brittle due to the injuries he suffered in Vietnam some 40 years ago (even though, somehow, he was able to fly Navy jets after he returned). Okay? I get that. So just quit. Thanks.
P.S. Here’s something else to think about… Bob Herbert explains what would happen to your health insurance under the Palin-McCain (or, as a friend put it this morning, the Failin’-McSame) plan. It’s not good.
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Four more years?