Saturday, September 13, 2008

Obama Is Careless

Obama is running scared and this helps to reveal his basic nature. So often we are treated to the superficial public persona of a politician, or any celebrity or person of note for that matter, that is carefully crafted by his or her managers. It is only when stress is applied that the cracks in the fascia appear and we are treated to what lies beneath. This is what is happening to Obama.

The relentless pressure of presidential politics shows something about him - Obama is careless and will engage in risky ventures if he perceives a short term goal. He does not think things through. We need only look at his latest jab at McCain's "computer illiteracy."

I wonder how much longer this clip will be available once the RNC finishes savaging Obama for his thoughtlessness. Many sites have already responded.
National Review:

Yep. The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

"Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in
chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary." The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food
stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

In a similar vein I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Paterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways.

Some of my work involves computer support for prosecutors who are preparing cases against some of the worst felons imaginable. In no instance have I ever criticized someone because they lack knowledge within a specific field outside of their expertise. Prosecutors will get a little embarrassed when I fix a "serious" problem with a few keystrokes. All I say is that I don't prosecute cases so don't ask me how; they weren't hired because they know how to manage macros in Word or to map a network drive. And in the same vein, we are not hiring a president based on his knowledge of computer technology but on his integrity, experience and sound judgement.

Using the same faulty reasoning should we preclude Obama as Commander-in-Chief because he probably never fired a rifle?

Obama's people are running scared now. Look for more of this nonsense as the campaign wears on and the dems become more desperate.

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