July 15th, 2008
03:03 PM ET

Could McCain’s lack of computer skills land him a regular job?

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Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
AC360° Contributor

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.)

Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Roland S. Martin
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Femi

    Comments are invited on Mccain computer skills but some people are only interested in writing about Obama. Some are simple fun of questioning his patriotism. I wonder what Obama has done or not done which no one is mentioning as a reason for their conclusion that he is not patriotic. The only reason I have concluded is His name. It sound foreign and therefore he cannot be patriotic. But what does an american name sounds like?

    July 16, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  2. Caycee

    If an eight year old can switch on a computer and play games with a keyboard and mouse, then I'd expect the leader of the free world to be able to do the same. Of course, if there's no need for simple electronic skils, like pushing the "on" button in the future of the free world, then maybe it would best if there was no computer skill requirement for the man who would be the next leader to take US there. After all, McCain's particular experience and success these past six years of voting for the current administration's policies over ninety percent of the time should be sufficient for one to make an intelligent choice about the person who has the most experience to take care of the "psychological" needs of a nation of whiners.

    July 16, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  3. Steve

    First, I'd like to remind the previous commenters of Martin's statement that the article is intended to be humorous, not as an attack against Senator McCain.

    Even so, it is strikingly odd that someone "applying" for the most prestigious role in the United States Government would not posses skills necessary for nearly any position in the workforce. The intent of the article is clear. Martin is noting that the President of the United States cannot possibly know and understand every single skill necessary for his position. Is this bad? Could it be possible for someone to have the intelligence and blessing to be capable of understanding everything in the world?

    That's what aides are for.

    I support Senator Obama for President of the United States this November.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
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