August 6th, 2008
01:39 PM ET

Important for president to be computer literate?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

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.

Watch: Cafferty: PC-proficient prez?

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?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Computer Literate