Obama’s Campaign Hypocrisy

Obama critisizes the McCain camp of running ads that are frivelous and have nothing to do with the issues… In a recent Obama camp ad, Obama does just that, trying to equate McCain’s limited computer usage to an inability to understand the threat of cyberterrorism.

There are several problems with this ad, the first being the hypocrisy that Obama is known for. He said that he would not use such tactics, has slammed McCain for such ads and yet runs the same ads.

The second is the lack of compassion for disabled veterans. McCain more than likely cannot sit in front of a computer and type or use a mouse for “extended” periods of time. The term extended is in quotes as it is relative to the person. McCain was beaten so severely over his time as a POW and the lack of proper medication attention afterwards has left him physically unable to perform certain activities. We all know that he is unable to raise his arms to a full upward position due to these injuries. This is similar to what happens when one damages their rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries are just about as common as carpal tunnel syndrome due to computer injuries. Therefore it would be safe to assume that his injuries being similar to those incurred by computer users, would limit his usage quite a bit.

The third area of interest is that McCain, being in his 70’s did not need to use a computer to do his job prior to this. Remember the usage of computers is still relatively new, even if we stretch the timeline, less than 13 years has our country become so reliant on computers and the Internet as we know it is only that old, yes it was around a lot longer, but limited in usage and even the first five years of its growth in the public sector the cyberterrorism threat was minimal as the Internet was more of a toy for the general public. So let’s assume the real usage and reliance on the Internet is about 8-9 years and the serious threat of cyberterrorism is 8 years, that would put McCain in his early 60’s. Most people I know that are in their 70’s have limited to no computer experience, not that there are not some. This is nothing more than the original AGISM that the Obama camp has been perpertrating about McCain. For those that do not know this already, the “Heart Beat Away From the Presidency” and Concerns over McCain’s health are nothing more than cleverly mask campaigns of Agism.

The fourth problem with the ad is that Obama is comparing the ability to send email to understanding the national security threat from cyberterrorism. This I have a major problem with. The knowledge needed to understand comptuer, network security, the Internet and the threats from cyberterrorism cannot be equated to simply knowing how to use a computer as an end user. I can guarantee that Barack Obama has very limited knowledge of the actual concepts of Hacking, cyber-attacks and the like. That is why Presidents have advisors and agencies that specialize in these things. I am glad that Obama has made this analogy as it brings up a good point, based on his own comparison, since he has never served in the military then he is unqualified to command our military. And since he has not been a doctor or worked in the healthcare industry he is really unqualified to determine the best course of action for an overhaul of out nation’s healthcare system or Medicare/Medicaid. Get the point…

Lastly, email, the internet etc are tools, there are still people that use the old fashion methods of communication and sometimes the old fashion methods yield quicker result with better understanding on all parties sides.

Does Barack really believe that email will be the end all way to negotiate with Iran to disarm…

Barack Obama’s campaign released a new television ad Friday that mocks John McCain for being out of touch with voters’ lives and the economy. The ad uses McCain’s admission earlier this year that he’s computer illiterate as a sign that he’s been unable to adapt to the modern world.

“1982. John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn’t,” says a voice-over in the ad against shots of a Rubik’s Cube, a disco ball, a massive cell phone and an old computer. “He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail, still doesn’t understand the economy, and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class. After one president who’s out of the touch, we just can’t afford more of the same.”

Responding to the ad, McCain’s online outreach manager Patrick Hynes shot back: “The ad is a joke. After they hyped it so heavily in The New York Times I can only assume nervous Democrats are embarrassed for the Obama campaign.”

McCain has been on the receiving end of widespread ridicule this year after admitting that he doesn’t know how to use a computer, and for not using e-mail — something that’s now a part of everyday life for many Americans. He’s subsequently said that he’s learning.

“I think he said it because he knows, in fact, he’s removed from the day-to-day challenges people have faced in their lives,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D–Illinois, co-chairman of Obama’s national campaign in a conference call this morning. “And you see it manifest itself in the personal things — when he says, you know, I don’t use a computer. I don’t use e-mail. There’s a whole economic revolution going on that has fundamentally changed the economy and fundamentally changed people’s lives, and he is removed from it.”

During his nominaton speech at the Republican National Convention, McCain acknowledged the challenges that Americans face in the networked global economy, as have his advisors. One of McCain’s workforce proposals is a worker-retraining program that would provide financial help to laid-off workers. He’s also proposed a new unemployment insurance program to retrain laid-off workers.


One Response

  1. Hi-

    I’ll admit that you and I probably disagree on many issues, so I won’t go into them.

    I’m going through some conservative blogs because, really, I actually want to know how the other side is perceiving things. So this isn’t an attack against you.

    I actually found this Obama ad (and I’m an Obama supporter, even though I’m registered as independent) to be really sad and annoying, and desperate. I don’t think they were intentionally trying to mock McCain’s physical problems, but the ad certainly was careless.

    I’m curious how, you, as a supporter of McCain, can rail against this Obama camp ad, but say nothing about the totally gross, erroneous and vicious ad that the McCain campaign ran that shows bad pictures of Obama, in effect, sneering downward as if he was some kind of child sexual predator, then claiming that he voted for legislation that would teach “comprehensive sex ed” to kindergartners?

    I think both campaigns release negative, unfortunate ads. But we still support who we support despite these missteps.

    So why use any negative ad as fuel to base one’s decision about the character of either candidate, or who to vote for? Aren’t negative, misleading ads just collateral damage if political campaigning? Don’t they just distract from real issues? They get us debating about the campaigns (complex organizations of political operatives that have little to do with policy-making), rather than about real issues.


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