McCain helped create the Blackberry, sort of

Former Vice President Al Gore created the Internet... you know, that thing Senator Ted Stevens explained as series of tubes... but it's probably not one of the Internets used by President George W. Bush. Well, in a startling revelation it was discovered today that Senator John McCain, Republican nominee for President of the United States, helped created the miracle that is... the Blackberry.

Wait, what?

Politicians seem to have a habit of saying things about technology that gets them lampooned across the Internet for years, and today will probably be no exception. Although this one didn't come out of the words of the candidate himself, but instead McCain's senior domestic policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, there is no doubt that the phrase "John McCain created the Blackberry" will soon enter the Internet lexicon.

To be fair, Holtz-Eakin was attempting to highlight McCain's time on the Senate Commerce Committee. When asked to provide an example of something McCain had contributed to the growth of the economy during this time he then held up his Blackberry, telling reporters: "He did this."

"Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create," said Holtz-Eakin. "And that's what he did. He both regulated and de-regulated the industry."

Later, when asked about the comment, McCain senior aide Matt McDonald said that when told about the situation the senator "laughed" and then explained "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.

On Internet though, like politics, things are commonly taken out of context. This will undoubtedly be one of those moments.

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I never thought I'd say this about anyone, but some of the things McCain says make Bush look smart. Now McCain's minions seem to have caught the diarrhea of the mouth disease from their leader. At least Bush's minions were reasonably focused.

McCain is a technophobe; this is just another one of the many lies being spread by his party.

Do you really want to give someone who is ignorant of science and technology access to the Big Red Button?

Do you really want to give someone who is ignorant in EVERYTHING (*) access to the Big Red Button?

Yes, they did it with Bush.

(*) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushism

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

At least McCain is a LOT more intelligent in comparison with Bush Jr in several other matter.

(Lt-DavidW said @ #12)
McCain is a technophobe; this is just another one of the many lies being spread by his party.

Technophobe? I do not think it means what you think it means.

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

“In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate’s savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. “She’s a whiz on the keyboard, and I’m so laborious,” McCain admits.”

But it is true that McCain did invent the Blackberry. He also won the Iraq war and even went to hell back brought back Osama . He then drilled everywhere and miraculously US has too much oil. What an amazing guy. :cheeky:

(brianshapiro said @ #9.1)
he doesn't drink beer often, but when he does, he drinks Dos Equis.

OMG that is the funniest thing I have ever heard on neowin.... "....Hes the most interesting man in the world....."

No, people just like making fun of him because he is old and forgetful. The member of his campaign staff was just talking about his ability to get pieces of technology through committee. The more disturbing thing was he referred to the RIM as a miracle, magic device. Sure, it was meant to be in relative context, but that does not really helps his campaigns image as less than technological savvy. Finally, on a desperate attempt to spread negative McCain stories... I think that is what the have Sarah Palin for. She serves two purposes. One to unit the Evangelical Right against the intrusion of the godless, socialists (wannabe) communist left. While at the same time she unifies the so-called godless socialists against the insane woman with fascist views waiting in the wings to take over when McCain drops dead from complications (old age or as some have suggested on various blog, a Christian right coup).

You really have to admire the whole comedic value of the political season. There is nothing I love more than watching the typical BS that is spewed by both sides. I am, however, a bit jealous that blogs seem to have bypassed the usual political speech writers and media plants. I mean nothing can beat the made up stories about the evil Muslim B. H. Obama and his history of not being born in the United States or the fact that Mrs. Palin was a member of the AIP, basically a separatist, and some may argue terrorist organization (or her mythical pregnancy... though in truth that might have went over the top).

Aren't we sort of blowing this out of proportion? So one of McCain's advisor made a general comment on McCain's helping the communication industry - using the Blackberry as a specific example - and now everyone's trying to liken it to Al Gore's "I took the initiative in creating the Internet" (direct quote) line...

(JonathanMarston said @ #3)
Aren't we sort of blowing this out of proportion? So one of McCain's advisor made a general comment on McCain's helping the communication industry - using the Blackberry as a specific example - and now everyone's trying to liken it to Al Gore's "I took the initiative in creating the Internet" (direct quote) line...

The point of the article, at least my intended point, was sort of highlighting how even though he didn't actually say it... people will eventually think he did.

(Marshalus said @ #3.1)

The point of the article, at least my intended point, was sort of highlighting how even though he didn't actually say it... people will eventually think he did.


Because of you, yes.

(Eis said @ #3.2)
Because of you, yes.
Yup. All because of Marshy!

No mention of the countless mainstream news jumping all over this and publishing. All because of this one Neowin spot. You got it dead-on right there, Eis.

(markjensen said @ #3.3)
Yup. All because of Marshy!

No mention of the countless mainstream news jumping all over this and publishing. All because of this one Neowin spot. You got it dead-on right there, Eis. ;)


(Marshalus said @ #3.1)

The point of the article, at least my intended point, was sort of highlighting how even though he didn't actually say it... people will eventually think he did.

And anyone who tries to explain the actual truth will be labeled a whiner.

Good. I'm tired of explaining the Al Gore quote to people, let the republicans and McCain enjoy their new meme.

He just harangues Obama and speaks of nothing to improve the country. What a d*ckhead.
About the article, just because it is a popular guy for a large name, they make it news. That's like saying Britney was a perfect daughter, sort of due to the fact she lost her innocence at 13 and such BS.