Senator John McCain Is A BlackBerry User

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is a BlackBerry user.

[Via Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings]

  • buecker

    I don’t think mccain really knows how to use anything on the phone. He has admitted to never using a computer. Why would one think he can manage a blackberry other than the send and end buttons?

  • Thought

    Barack Obama is an avid BlackBerry user as well. The difference is that Obama actually uses a computer and email, whereas McCain has admitted that he does not and is “computer illiterate.” I think there is a good chance that McCain only uses his BB for voice calls.

    In fact, after being embarrassed by admitting that he didn’t use a computer, McCain then admitted that he was learning how to get online, as if it was some complicated process that takes hours.

    It’s rather scary to have a candidate for President that has such a poor understanding of personal technology. As one IT consultant put it:
    Ask yourself how you’d feel about working for a corporation where the CEO doesn’t know how to use a computer. No matter how smart, someone who can’t open a web page, type a letter on a word processor, or compose an email message, is going to be fundamentally out of touch with the daily experience of every member of the knowledge economy.

  • MacVicta

    Is he? Or did one of his handlers who actually use the BlackBerry simply pass him the phone after a call came in?

  • gquaglia

    Is he? Or did one of his handlers who actually use the BlackBerry simply pass him the phone after a call came in?

    More likely. I doubt he or Obama would want to be bothered with trivial emails and scheduling issues, they pay people to do that for them.

  • Thought

    MacVicta: I vote for your scenario. McCain is too dumb to use a BlackBerry.

    In fact, I’d say McCain and Bush are like the guys from Dumb and Dumber. McCain is easily the most intellectually empty candidate since, well…Bush.

  • Wayne Davis

    If McCain uses a bb, I’m not going to vote for him because he won’t have any time to run the country, he’ll be too busy looking for new ringtones, themes, and the latest videos.

  • JDW

    I saw a bit on the news a few weeks back, talking about how Obama is communications-literate and McCain doesn’t know a thing about computers or any other kind of modern electronics.

    Obama walked into a pole reading over something on his Blackberry.

    McCain had one, but his assistant was the one using it, passing it to him when he had someone to talk to.

  • Thought

    I just read an article about how some McCain strategists are trying to figure out ways to remake McCain’s image into one more tech savvy. Perhaps this picture was leaked to that celebrity website as part of that strategy.

    Ironically, in the same article, one of the Republican consultant remarks “The guy is pretty busy,”… “The last thing he needs is a BlackBerry.”

    Bottom line: McCain is a pathetic candidate.

  • Ben

    It’s been awhile but when it looked like RIM could possibly go out of business due to those patent issues I thought I had read somewhere that members of congress got free blackberries to use? Anyone confirm or deny this? Free as in taxpayer provided.

  • Gabriel

    I’ve worked for an elected official who is younger than McCain (by about five years). They all own the fanciest phones they can buy, but very, very few can use the full functions of a smartphone.

    The state senator I worked for had a Treo 700, and couldn’t use the calander, email, contacts, or texting, camera, or web browser. In his coat pocket, he carried a stack of business cards held together with a rubber band. He also used email just like you would use a fax machine (if you still use such a dinosaur). He would send an email only to relay a document, making a phone call to make sure the recipient received the message.

    Just because John McCain’s bodyman uses a BB to set up McCain’s phone calls doesn’t mean McCain uses a BB. If his phone is a BB, he probably can’t use it for anything more than a phone.

  • DaFD

    If we’re lucky, then this is his way of figuring out how to use the internet.

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  • Bob

    Obama is the anti-christ.

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  • David

    Amazing how easily you guys get scared. It’s “scary” that he doesn’t use the email on his Blackberry. Really? Are you frightened? What a bunch of pants-wetting babies. “Look out! She’s got lipstick!”

  • David

    There are several articles on the web about McCain’s technology use. He does have help: His wife handles the keyboard. But it’s sheer sophistry to say he has is “fundamentally out of touch with the daily experience of every member of the knowledge economy.” He was head of the Telecomm Subcommittee.

    http://www.forbes.com/asap/2000/0529/053_print.html

    http://www.slate.com/id/74812/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/us/politics/13text-mccain.html?_r=4&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

    I think he’s all right. He’s certainly not shaking in fear like you geniuses.

  • Carole Holland

    Dear Senator-The independents are NOT VOTING FOR YOU, THEY ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA.Please please in your debate, PLEASE MENTION HIS LEFT WING ALLIANCES: AYES, ACORN, WRIGHT, FANNY MAE,
    FREDDY MAC, ETC. You said we do not have to Fear Obama as
    President—- We fear for our country—witha Demo Pres. a Demo Congress, what can Republicans Do!!!!!
    If God for Bid you lose this election, it will be a personal loss for you, but it will be a CATESTROPHIC LOSS FOR OUR COUNTRY.
    You have NO idea what the dems are like out in the USA—hateful.
    They steal our signs, vandalize our Rep. HQ, key our cars, it is a nightmare. I really dont think you and your campaign people know what is going on in our country. How could they??? They are on planes and busses with you, not here to see our signs vandalized, our cars keyed with your bumber stickers on, and the hatefulness when we are sign waving for you. We are spit at, given the middle finger
    ALWAYS, AND CURSED. NO, YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON
    IN THE USA. I HOPE YOU GET THIS EMAIL–OR SOMEONE IN YOUR
    CAMPAIGN GETS IT. SENATOR, IF YOU DONT CHANGE, WE ALL LOSE.
    CALL OBAMA FOR WHAT HE IS–A RADICAL LEFT WING SOCIALIST WHO
    BEFRIENDS ALLIANCES LIKE THOSE MENTIONED ABOVE. GOD BLESS
    YOU AND SARAH PALIN. FIGHT FOR US. WE’RE FIGHTING FOR
    YOU. A REPUBLICAN VOLUNTEER IN FLORIDA

  • ??????

    I don’t think mccain really knows how to use anything on the phone