Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Tough week for Americans with disabilities

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Truth

You probably heard by now how Joe Biden asked handicapped State Senator, Chuck Graham to stand up at a campaign stop. Trouble was, Chuck was in a wheelchair.  

Biden handled his gaffe about as well as anyone could. It was an innocent mistake.

This next "mistake" is not so innocent. (H/T Fairly Conservative)

In a recent Obama ad, John McCain is criticized as being out of touch for not even being able to send an email. Obama mocks McCain for being out-of-touch and computer illiterate in new TV ad:

"John McCain is mocked as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate in a television commercial out Friday from Barack Obama as the Democrat begins his sharpest barrage yet on McCain's long Washington career.


Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said the campaign was not making an issue of the 72-year-old McCain's age, but the time he's spent in Washington.

 "Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," 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."

McCain has said he relies on his wife and staff to work the computer for him and that he doesn't use e-mail.

When I saw the ad, I just thought, What, and any text messaging teenybopper is qualified to be president because they can send an email? What does sending an email have to do with the wisdom and experience necessary to be a president?

Many a high level executive barely knows how to dial the telephone! (Just ask any administrative assistant.) "Bill Clinton sent two emails during his entire presidency and often admitted he didn't know squat about the internet." [Odd that Al Gore didn't clue him in, since Al invented the internet. ;-) ]

But there is a more serious side to this accusation. John McCain cannot type or do other fine motor skill requiring hand movements such as tying a shoe, because of his prisoner of war injuries. 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.

Oh-oh. Oops. Get the egg off of the face. You would have thought the in-touch campaign team would have used the internet and Googled that info before crafting their ad.

This latest Obama ad is rather like criticizing Franklin D.Roosevelt as being insensitive to the environment and not conserving gasoline because he doesn't walk, isn't it?

At any rate, I don't think this is one even Joe Biden can joke his way out of.


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