FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Will the Internet be John McCain's grocery store scanner moment? Remember how the first President Bush was awestruck in a grocery store by that little gizmo that tells you the price of your Cheez Whiz? The president of the United States with cameras rolling was simply beside himself. You'd think one episode like that would be enough.
Now we have a guy who wants to be president that doesn't know how to use a computer. Two years ago, John McCain expressed amazement that his wife could order movie tickets online, something people had been doing for years at that time. He called her a wizard and admitted he was a "Neanderthal" when it comes to computers.
Dear Senator McCain, computer technology and the Internet have changed the world. And the fact that you don't know much about either one suggests you're in some sort of a time warp. Translate that: "old."
Sensing the risk of being perceived as a fossil, McCain recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that he understands the importance of the computer and blogs, that he's using the computer more and more every day. McCain says this doesn't mean he has to e-mail people, but that he reads e-mails – that his staff constantly shows him emails during the day.
Grocery store scanners, computers and the Internet are the ingredients of every day life for the overwhelming majority of Americans. For a man who wants to be president to admit that he is pretty much clueless about some of these things feeds into the perception that old, rich, white Republicans are out of touch. They have no idea what the average American's life is like. For the last 26 years, John McCain has lived inside the cocoon of the United States Senate and his wife's money.
Here’s my question to you: How important is it for the next president to understand computer technology?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Knowing how to use a computer is no more important than knowing where the Iraq and Afghanistan borders are or the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni or what can be gained by vetoing beer. When you consider all these factors along with some of the childish ads being run by McCain, Americans must be real excited about the possibility of where they’re headed in the next 4 years.
Jamie from Plantation, Florida writes:
A man who doesn't know about the Internet doesn't have a basis upon which to form a position on issues like net neutrality or electronic surveillance in the digital world. We force doctors to keep learning about new techniques in medicine; shouldn't we force our leaders to know a little about life in America?
Rudy from New York writes:
No, that's what advisers are for. But, it is important for the president not to brag about being computer illiterate. Advisers are supposed to tell him that, too.
It scares me to think our young and vibrant country may be run by a guy whose only expertise is military training. Our president should be a great leader and a symbol for America. If he can't keep up with basic technology that a 2nd grader can master, what does that say about us?
Donna from Colorado Springs writes:
Of course it's important. Everything is tied to computers and if you can't use them, you're pretty much lost. Lost is the operative word. Lost and out of touch. Does that sound like anyone we know? Does the name McCain ring a bell?
Ugh, this makes me sick. Although I have other more significant issues with Mccain, this is just a joke. Come on, McCain, my 84-year-old grandmother can use e-mail.
Will from Maryland writes:
Jack, McCain is a Republican. His entire party is pretty happy being stuck in the 1800s.