Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
The 71-year-old senior senator from Arizona says he really doesn’t have a need to use a computer or a Blackberry, relying on staffers instead.
Now explain to me how we spent so much time in the primary discussing Sen. Barack Obama and his inability to bowl, and Sen. Hillary Clinton throwing down shots of whiskey, all in an effort to show they are like the rest of us, but John McCain can’t even send an email?
Think about this for a second: If McCain tried to apply for an office job today, he would be summarily rejected for having no computer skills. Imagine the conversation:
“Mr. McCain, the job we have for you requires the ability to type fast, research information on various search engines, and correspond with employees in other parts of the world via email. Can you handle these tasks?”
“Uh, no. I’ve never used a computer, just learned what Google is, and haven’t even used a Blackberry.”
“Sir, you do know that the ability to do your job effectively requires at least SOME basic computer skills.”
“Sure, but I’ve been a U.S. Senator for more than 20 years, shouldn’t that count for something?”
“Thanks for coming by, sir. We’ll let you know what we decide.”
So, I’m just asking: In the age where everyone is talking about who has the necessary experience to be president; who is to young or too old; who last pumped their own gas; which candidate is more of a “regular” American; do you think having a basic understanding of a computer should be added to the list of requisite skills to be President of the United States?
Can a U.S. president talk proficiently about taking advantage of technology to streamline the nation’s bloated bureaucracy if he really doesn’t know how to send an email?
Simply put, would you hire someone with no computer skills whatsoever to be president?
(Note to any folks with NO sense of humor: just having a little fun here.)
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