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McCain Invented the BlackBerry


Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry

MIAMI (AP) �?? Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.

At least that’s the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain’s work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, “You’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.”

McCain has acknowledged that he doesn’t know how to use a computer and can’t send e-mail, one of the BlackBerry’s prime functions.

Holtz-Eakin’s argument is similar to one advanced by Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000. Gore once boasted about “taking the initiative to create the Internet” through technological and educational policies. He later was mocked for claiming to have invented the Internet, although he never made such a claim.

Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, said McCain’s service on and leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee put him at the intersection of a number of economic interests, including the telecommunications industry.

The Arizona senator’s handling of regulation and deregulation of that industry in particular left him with the skills to help revive the economy amid a mortgage crisis, an energy crisis and a Wall Street meltdown, the adviser said.

“He can and has the judgment to put people in place with technical expertise, with the history of experience in the areas necessary, that we’re going to get reforms,” Holtz-Eakin said.


Research In Motion (Canadian Company, not even American) will be surprised to hear this.

This was posted on CNN referring to that article:

Meanwhile, McCain senior aide Matt McDonald said that the senator “laughed” when he heard the comment.

“He would not claim to be the inventor of anything, much less the BlackBerry. This was obviously a boneheaded joke by a staffer,” McDonald said.

McCain > Al Gore

He needs to muzzle some of his “advisers”


[quote]Z-Man wrote:
He needs to muzzle some of his “advisers”


Maybe the AP could quit campaigning for Obama.

I like how these douchenozzles keep throwing out that “McCain can’t send emails!” line without pointing out that he is physically unable to sit and type at a computer for more that a few minutes without excruciating pain due to the injuries he suffered as a POW in Vietnam. Nice job, dumasses.

[quote]rainjack wrote:

Maybe the AP could quit campaigning for Obama. [/quote]

Don’t hold your breath!