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On John McCain and the iPod

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2008
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Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Barack Obama has an iPod, and he’s not afraid to tell you what’s on it—nor were George Bush, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, or other iPod-loving politicians. But how about Republican Party Nominee John McCain? He hasn’t been quite as enthusiastic. Since iLounge’s editors include some Republicans and some Democrats, we were curious enough to contact Mr. McCain’s campaign with a couple of simple questions: does he have an iPod or iPhone? If so, what’s in his personal playlists? Thus far, there’s been no answer.

According to CNN today, Mr. McCain is a self-described computer “illiterate,” and iLounge reader comments seem to assume the worst about how out of touch he must be because of his age: a couple of readers suggested that he needed to “reveal the contents of his 78 rpm record collection,” and that “he wishes Hollywood would stop making talkies and go back to silents.” But as CNN’s video shows, age isn’t the issue; it’s the desire to be in touch with technology. Some long-serving politicians—and even grandmotherly Queen Elizabeth—have apparently asked for iPod assistance from more tech-savvy family members, and the CNN interview shows that the Republican Nominee leans on his Blackberry-toting wife for computer support, so it wouldn’t be impossible for the man to have and use an iPod even if computers are too challenging.

There seems to be some evidence that he does. One report placed him on a campaign bus in South Carolina telling reporters that he has an iPod with ABBA on it, while a separate Time Magazine report suggests that he unsuccessfully tried to get a voice-commanded Ford iPod system to play ABBA tracks. Perhaps it’s not a distaste for computers or a lack of an iPod, after all—maybe he’s said as much as needs to be said on the topic of his musical preferences.

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Comments

1

What is particularly frightening is that this man is up for election to the highest office in the land at the dawn of the 21st century, and will be hugely responsible for the policies that will develop the next 100 years of internet and technological development.

Fascinating that so many are ready to hand over the reigns to such an out of touch political fossil, who has admitted to a lack of technological, scientific, or economic expertise. 

I mean don’t get me wrong, I respect the guy for his service, and he seems like a generally amiable guy, but it’s kind of like leaving your 76 year old grandpa drive the family around in the Wiennabago - probably not the safest plan.

Posted by DrOrpheus on June 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM (PDT)

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The other day, McCain’s people told reporters that he’s “aware” of the Internet.  I think that means if he has an iPod, there aren’t any purchased tracks on it.

(And an aside for DrOrpheus… he may seem amiable, but here in DC, he’s known for his hair-trigger temper.  Maybe the ABBA calms him down.)

Posted by Marginal on June 26, 2008 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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Take it easy on the guy.  I mean he may not be up on gadgets and computers, but he spent 5 years of his life in a POW camp for heaven’s sake.  Think of how scrambled our brains would be if we were totally detached from the civilized world for that length of time.  I certainly doubt many of us would ever be able to recover to the point of being as successful in life as he has been since that ordeal.

Posted by Rob on June 26, 2008 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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It frightens you that most people are not discriminating ageists who dismiss otherwise highly qualified candidates simply because of their age.  Your comment puts you in the same boat as those who wouldn’t vote for Barack Hussein Obama because he is black.

Posted by Paul on June 26, 2008 at 2:55 PM (PDT)

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detached from the civilized world for that length of time…

How log has he been in the Senate?

Posted by michael on June 26, 2008 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

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“Think of how scrambled our brains would be if we were totally detached from the civilized world for that length of time.”

Exactly.  I feel bad for what he went through and appreciate his service to my country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want him running the show.  It’s bad enough that we’ve let an ex-drunk run the show for the past 8 years (like being a recovering alcoholic somehow shows more character and better judgment than someone who never was an alcoholic in the first place).

I suppose we should all be relieved that he’s at least “aware” of the interwebs - or whatever them new-fangled thingies is called.

Posted by Mark on June 27, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PDT)

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@Paul:  Thanks for adding the “Hussain”—i wouldn’t have know WHICH barack obama you were talking about, otherwise.

Posted by Seever on June 27, 2008 at 11:58 AM (PDT)

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You morons, he doesn’t use a computer because he lacks the ability to move his fingers with the precision and coordination required to type! Remember he was tortured, they must have broken all sorts of things.

BTW both Dems AND Repubs suck ok? Get over it.

Posted by Chris on September 30, 2008 at 7:49 AM (PDT)

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