Media Swoon Over ‘Techie’ Obama


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After all, Jefferson didn’t sail the length of the Mississippi or captain a sloop of war. But he knew the Louisiana Purchase was a good deal, and he knew the nascent U.S. Navy could take care of the Barbary pirates.

TR didn’t circumnavigate the globe, but he constructed a great naval fleet that did. FDR never worked in a factory, yet he built an “arsenal of democracy” that armed Britain and then destroyed the war machines of Hitler and Tojo.

Reagan probably never sent a fax and certainly never fired a Stinger missile, but he used both to win the Cold War—the fax machines in Poland, the Stingers in Afghanistan. Moreover, it seems unlikely that he ever surfed the Web, but he understood enough to realize that the Information Age, which began during his presidency, would revolutionize communications, commerce, industry and life itself.

In the same way, the president doesn’t have to Facebook or blog or text or be glued to a BlackBerry to govern in this Digital Age—just as he doesn’t need to know the Constitution by heart to “preserve, protect and defend” it; or self-scan his groceries to know the cost of living is going up; or do his own taxes to recognize that the Tax Code is too onerous; or search for a job on Monster to realize that the Great Recession is far from over for millions of Americans; or put a home up for sale to know how much Americans have lost since 2008; or draft Social Security actuarial tables or Medicare eligibility requirements to understand that these programs are in dire shape; or pump gas or drill oil wells to know that it’s time to exploit more of America’s own petroleum assets; or speak Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and Spanish to conduct foreign policy; or wear a Kevlar vest to grasp the dangers U.S. troops face each and every day; or know what DDoS means to get a sense of America’s vulnerability in cyberspace.

To be sure, connecting with voters in and through a variety of technology platforms is important on the political side of the presidential ledger. But wanting a tech-savvy person in the Oval Office just because he is tech-savvy is a trivial—if not utterly meaningless—matter on the governing side of the presidential ledger. America doesn’t need a “techie-in-chief,” to borrow Quindlen’s silly term. America needs a leader.

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  • Guest

    "iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work." – Barack Obama, Hampton University, VA., 2010

  • oldtimer

    Also it's a media outlet he wants the government to control.

  • tanstaafl

    Doesn't matter how the message gets there – if it falls on deaf ears.

  • BLJ

    This reminds me of how the media tries to portray Obama as some sort of basketball jock. Believe me this man is no jock.

    I have seen him play basketball, swing a golf club, throw a bowling ball and toss out a first pitch. In all cases he sucks. He is like the kid who always gets picked last at the playground.

    If the media had one shred of credibility and honor they would actually do some real vetting of the Chosen One so that those mindless drones that they MSM caters to would be able to see that not only does the emperor wear no clothes he is also an enemy to the American way of life.

    • Dennis X

      Just because you were a cheer leader in high school doesn't make you an expert on someones ability.

      • BLJ

        Nice lame attempt at humor. How about you and your boy Obama take me on in any sport? Pick your poison. I'll whip both your butts.

      • Rifleman

        Lol, he throws like a little girl. It doesn't take an expert to see that.

  • mrbean

    The mainstream media has their tongues so far up Obama's A$$ that they have embedded his dingleberries in their chin. White guilt, black tribalism, and the adoring leftist mainstream media are the only reasons this clown was ever not properly vetted and snded up elected as President , The GOP chosing a loser like John "Dead Man Walking" as their candidate in 2008 did not help either.

  • Junkie

    Nice to see he is skilled in *one* field.

  • Paul of Alexandria

    A president doesn't have to be, and perhaps shouldn't be, an engineer to hold the office – i.e. Jimmy Carter. However, like any good CEO he should know enough about any given technology to be able to find good people to advise him.

    • mrbean

      Let's not elect any more lawyers as they do not and will not meet a criterion for any moral standards ever.

  • pagegl

    If he is so tech savvy why does he continue to foist poor technical solutions to problems, both real and perceived?

  • johnnywoods

    Wow! Obummer is "tech savvy", never mind that he is a total incompetent "boob" when it comes to governing and he seems to be doing everything he can to destroy this once great country but boy, can he "twitter". YIPPEE!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama is tech savvy?, I guess the media has to come up with something that
    has a spin that can move the nitwits that voted for him back to his corner no
    matter how devistatingly bad he is and how horrid our future could be with
    him reelected. Savvy no, slippery yes…………………………………..William

  • Anamah

    Incompetent and drowning in bad faith. Thats the problem. We have a charlatan in the middle of a overcrowded court of perverse ideology, where hand writing or e texting doesn't change the quality of ideas.

  • OldmanRick

    So dear leader knows how to text. So do millions of others. Only Biden would think it was a BFD.

  • http://dossiernoir.blogspot.com/ Michael Shaw

    Does anyone else sense a growing cult of personality?

  • Juan Connor

    As the underlying infrastructure of our planet is increasingly becoming digitized, the geeks/techies will inherit the future, therefore I would rather have a IT person as our president, not some poser who grandstands about his crackberry just to garner more votes. Better yet, I'd like to see a White Hat Hacker as the POTUS…that would certainly scare the hell out of our enemies.

    It pains me to watch the politicians discuss anything IT-related on CSPAN…totally clueless.