(CNN) – McCain senior domestic policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin said Tuesday the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device was a “miracle that John McCain helped create.”
Addressing the nation’s economic crisis, Holtz-Eakin told reporters traveling with the campaign “there’s no magic solution. And I don’t think that it’s at this moment imperative to write down exactly what the plan has to be.” He also said a president isn’t someone who needs to be heavily involved in policy specifics, which should be handled by “quality” advisers, and echoed McCain’s assessment that there might be a need for a “9/11-style commission” to determine what went wrong with the nation's economy, and to issue recommendations.
He added, though, that McCain — who has struggled to stress his economic credentials this cycle - did have experience dealing with the economy, pointing to his time on the Senate Commerce Committee. Pressed to provide an example of what McCain had accomplished on that committee, Holtz-Eakin said the senator did not have jurisdiction over financial markets - 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.”
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore drew controversy when he said that during his time in Congress, he “took the initiative in creating the Internet” – based on his work promoting funding and early research in that area.
UPDATE: The Obama campaign responded to the comments minutes after they were reported. “If John McCain hadn’t said that ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ on the day of one of our nation’s worst financial crises, the claim that he invented the BlackBerry would have been the most preposterous thing said all week,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
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.
The abacus maybe
The Blackberry- I don't think so
Steve from Ithaca, NY September 16th, 2008 11:37 am ET
Show me how that's out of context.
Check out Snopes
Okay, a man who doesn't know how to email, helped to create the Blackberry? Is this April Fool's Day?
How silly is this silly season going to get?
I'm sticking with Barack, at least he's sane.
Wait, what? Really? As noted, remember the ridicule Al Gore faced? Except that he ACTUALLY did have a hand in working with the technology that fostered the Internet (not inventing the Internet, as he never said but was eviscerated for)? Will those same people come after McCain? I doubt McCain can use a push-button telephone, let alone email or a BlackBerry. When the HELL is someone besides Chris Matthews or Huffington Post going to rip these LIES apart piece by piece? Why isn't anyone paying attention?
This self-admitted IT illiterate man who cannot even send or receive an email helped create the Blackberry? Please spare us the nonsense!
Wait a second. Hold on, hold on:
"Did that guy really just say "He both regulated and de-regulated the industry.”
Ummmmmmm....that's a neat trick. So there's no magic solution to the economy, but McCain can simultaneously do two mutually exclusive things? He's hired. everyone else get out of the Government. McCain is going to just do it all. We don't need you. LOL
So the man can't use a computer or send an email but he invented the blackberry? Hilarious.
McCain invented the blackberry...great stuff.
Guys come on......I almost had to clean my cubicle.......The remarks were even funnier than the article I'm just surprised that he even knows what a blackberry is............................
NOT!!!!!!!!!!! GIFTTY September 16th, 2008 11:23 am ET
Go Obama/BIden 08
HILLARY – 12
PALIN 025 by then our kids will know she is about war against Russia, they will see she still slacks EXP.
GIFTY – 025 Still crying and prejudice.
Lue Dobbs said that McCain cant type owing to his injuries during his time of being a POW. But he can write....!!!! Honestly this kind of journalists can learn a ton from Lohan and Pamela Andersaon. Seriously, read their comments and blogs to understand how dumb you are.
Dinosaurs (rode one to school daily)
Fire (burned himself with cigarette lighter as child)
Gravity (fell off the dinosaur one day)
Electricity (I know, I was shocked as you)
Actually Invented the automobile, the internal combustion engine, first airplane.
But! He had nothing to do with the Blackberry®! He picked some blackberries for a pie as a child!
Geez, get the facts straight!
After over half a century since the discovery of computer, the Republican nominee, John McCain, still don't know how to use a computer. The question is: where's the brain in the head?
Or should this be a case of the dullest brain ruling the mightiest nation in the world?
The further down we go, the further other countries like China laugh at us.
Be wise, Americans!!!
My son went to the same university as Jim Basille in Waterloo Ontario where the RIM company is located. Further to this Jim is a native of Peterborough Ontario where I live.
In the final analysis both my son's and Jim's expertise in computers would make John McCain look like a total moron. This claim is not only moronic but is an insult to the intelligence and educational level these people achieved through their own initiatives and not achieved through family connections or inheritances.
I just can't believe the American public can swallow so many lies these out of touch and immoral spread on a daily basis. Haven't you people had enough of this garbage over the past 8 years?
I think that any man that goes to war invading some other poor country, falls in trap and was imprisoned is a failure. Oh, I thought we last war in Vietnam, and guess who was in it Mr. McCain, same is going to be for our economy and this election. I feel sorry for the poor guy, or should i say Rich Guy. I think he is a new era Rambo to Nowhere. Once you loose your job, don't blame Bush for it. He already admitted to his poor presidency ratings. McCain said, "economy is strong", well we all saw that with Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. Not only that we are doing wrong to crash economy, even God hates us. American worker is strong and not just American, but any other worker who is willing to enrich his life. Well is not so much like that anymore. I saw it this week, there was less traffic on interstate like the half world just died. Is it that people lost their jobs or that people just can not afford $5 dollars for the gallon of gas. McCain or should i say McBlame will fail just as same he failed in Vietnam, where is He taking us "To Failure", that's where or I guess there is The Light on the other side of Palin's Bridge to Nowhere.
Right, and Sarah Palin is the CEO of PETA... Keep 'em coming folks, keep 'em coming...
If Al Gore can create the Internet, well ....
This blog is for far left loonies to feel important that someone is listening and think they care-
I saw on one of these that a African American stated -I have never been polled-well of course not-tHe numbers are factored @ over 90% will be for Obama-
But I am so glad that the Obama campaign keeps hammering McCain on his age-
THis is beautiful–The most loyal voting block is the over 65 or retired-
You can never replace ignorance–
Thanks Obama Campaign for ensuring your demise-
Seems like this was more of an effort to convince people McCain knows what a Blackberry device IS than an effort to position him as a legislative leader. Somehow, it falls flat though. Like, if the guy can't work e-mail, he probably can't manage to sync these puppies either. Pathetic, really. Kind of like his entire campaign, his party, its platform, and his oh-so-earnest talk about how he's the same guy he was in 2000. Right. McCain lies.
This is how bad my party's nominee has become. I especially love the line about "he helped regulate that industry, and then de-regulate it".
Idiots. Voting for my party in this cycle just proves how stupid people can be. Seriously people, get a clue.
I think the american people can recognize a "Boneheaded Joke" when they see one......
You go McCain! AZ's got your back!
A VOTE FOR OBAMA= A VOTE FOR TRAGEDY!
It's almost like the Repub's live in a dream world. For real! I still think that when you are applying for the job of President of the US, you need a psychological screening and MRIs of the brain. I don't care if you're a Demo or Repub. That should be required. Because Bush is a bobble-head nut case and McCain is obivously senile.
"How low can you get, Getlow?"
–from the Broadway musical, "Purlie Victorious"
Even the Japanese knew when it was time to surrender,give it up John and go home,your credibility has expired.
Too Funny...........Does McCain know what a Blackberry is?
This is a reach LOL
Bottom line, either take what you have now for the next 4 years or turn and try to receive something new and better. This is simple people! It's not hard if you are running out of money and/or losing your home or job then vote for change (Obama). If you are fine with suffering, if you think you can leave under Bush policies for another 4 years, and if you think our country and soldiers can stand 8 more years of wars then vote (McCain). It can't get any simplier