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Economic Adviser Claims McCain Helped Create the Blackberry

Via Politico:

"Asked what work John McCain did as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee that helped him understand the financial markets, the candidate's top economic adviser wielded visual evidence: his BlackBerry. 'He did this,' Douglas Holtz-Eakin told reporters this morning, holding up his BlackBerry. 'Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did.'"

Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded: "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."

Does McCain even own a BlackBerry? Who knows, but he is aware of the internet.

Says TPMCafe contributor and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt: "John McCain is so out of touch that his economics adviser thinks he deserves credit for creating a Canadian company."

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  1. . . . and I created the internets

    Posted by: Al Gore | Sep 16, 2008 12:22:06 PM


  2. but can he USE one?

    Posted by: Dallascracker | Sep 16, 2008 12:24:39 PM


  3. That's great... cause the company that made the Blackberry is Canadian.

    Posted by: Taylor | Sep 16, 2008 12:24:55 PM


  4. Next thing you know, it'll turn out that McCain invented the wind, and Palin discovered the cure for polio.

    Incidentally, I'm sure all the laid-off workers at Lehman Bros. are right now taking great comfort in the fact that John McCain invented their BlackBerries, as they try to figure out how to make next month's mortgage payment on their lofts in TriBeCa.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Sep 16, 2008 12:25:45 PM


  5. hahahahahaha. Right. The 72 year old former POW (can't forget to mention that in every breath)who doesn't know how to use a computer. Right. Oh, and Bitterqueen? Stuff a sock in it. In fact, Gore was instrumental in the creation of the internet.

    Posted by: znsd | Sep 16, 2008 12:27:09 PM


  6. Next thing you know, it'll turn out that McCain invented the wind, and Palin discovered the cure for polio.

    Incidentally, I'm sure all the laid-off workers at Lehman Bros. are right now taking great comfort in the fact that John McCain invented their BlackBerries, as they try to figure out how to make next month's mortgage payment on their lofts in TriBeCa.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Sep 16, 2008 12:27:55 PM


  7. Phew! Now the guys at Research in Motion will know where to send his cheques!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 16, 2008 12:28:16 PM


  8. Yesterday I said the Lohan post has put us through the Looking-Glass; we are now officially down the Rabbit Hole. Even if there's a kernel of truth to McCain's leadership on the Commerce Committee, do they REALLY want to revisit the Gore-Internet thing, this time with the tables turned and McCain on the spot having to defend himself?

    The other day I was kind of depressed by the numbers; the past few days, however, it definitely seems as if the worm is turning--and not in McCain/Palin's favor.

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 16, 2008 12:30:04 PM


  9. That's weird. Because even though I don't agree with most of his views, Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a very smart economist.

    That said, most economists are better off not talking.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 16, 2008 12:31:53 PM


  10. McCain can't send an email, but thankfully Palin can use McCain's invention to manipulate the Alaskan government.

    Posted by: Enehoa | Sep 16, 2008 12:32:44 PM


  11. Wow! So the GOP is completely out of things to list for achievements, they are going back and grabbing content from the Al Gore play book of 2000? Amazing!

    So does this mean that as the telecommunications free market finally gives its last breath up as it rolls back into a monolithic monopoly, we have McCain to thank? I hope so! Talk about a "Way back" machine! He's turned telecommunications back to 1986 when there was only one game in town!

    One ringy dingy.

    Rad

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 16, 2008 12:50:26 PM


  12. Maybe he was working with Heddy Lamarr on cellular technology back in the 40's...

    Posted by: Mark in NYC | Sep 16, 2008 12:55:20 PM


  13. Well,silly me! All this time I thought the blackberry to be a canadian invention by research company (RIM).

    Posted by: Shabaka | Sep 16, 2008 1:15:24 PM


  14. YOU, too, can help spread the TRUTH about the Great Repug Lie that smears Gore to this day.

    Eric Alterman, in his MUST READ book "WHAT Liberal Media," dissects it, too, including accounts of Repug fax blasts to the media at the time of the distortion, but this 2007 account from "Vanity Fair" documents it well:

    "...the "I Invented the Internet" distortion, [was] a devastating piece of propaganda that damaged Gore at the starting gate of his run. On March 9, 1999, CNN's Wolf Blitzer conducted an interview with Gore shortly before he officially announced his candidacy. In answer to a question about why Democrats should support him, Gore spoke about his record. "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative"—politico-speak for leadership—"in creating the Internet," he said, before going on to describe other accomplishments. It was true. In the 1970s, the Internet was a limited tool used by the Pentagon and universities for research. As a senator in the 80s, Gore sponsored two bills that turned this government program into an "information superhighway," a term Gore popularized, and made it accessible to all. Vinton Cerf, often called the father of the Internet, has claimed that the Internet would not be where it was without Gore's leadership on the issue. Even former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich has said that "Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet."

    The press didn't object to Gore's statement until Texas Republican congressman Dick Armey led the charge, saying, "If the vice president created the Internet, then I created the interstate highway system." Republican congressman James Sensenbrenner released a statement with the headline, delusions of grandeur: vice president gore takes credit for creating the internet. CNN's Lou Dobbs was soon calling Gore's remark "a case study … in delusions of grandeur." A few days later the word "invented" entered the narrative. On March 15, a USA Today headline about Gore read, inventing the internet; March 16 on Hardball, Chris Matthews derided Gore for his claim that he "invented the Internet." Soon the distorted assertion was in the pages of the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and on the A.P. wire service. By early June, the word "invented" was actually being put in quotation marks, as though that were Gore's word of choice. Here's how Mimi Hall put it in USA Today: "A couple of Gore gaffes, including his assertion that he 'invented' the Internet, didn't help." And Newsday's Elaine Povich ridiculed "Gore's widely mocked assertion that he 'invented' the Internet." (Thanks to the Web site the Daily Howler, the creation of Bob Somerby, a college roommate of Gore's, we have a chronicle of how the Internet story spiraled out of control.)

    Belatedly attempting to defuse the situation, Gore joked about it on Imus in the Morning, saying that he "was up late the night before … inventing the camcorder." But it was too late—the damage had been done." End quote.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 16, 2008 1:39:11 PM


  15. I remember reading an article about how McCain has to have an assistant work his Blackberry for him, because he doesn't know how to fully use it. I couldn't find said article online, but I did find the following retraction by the McCain campaign.

    From AP:

    Senior McCain aide Matt McDonald said that the senator "laughed" when he heard the comment about the BlackBerry.

    "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.

    Posted by: RP | Sep 16, 2008 1:39:21 PM


  16. Nevermind the U.S. is way behind Europe and Japan in high speed network rollouts and implementation of innovative new phone technologies...

    Posted by: Tope | Sep 16, 2008 1:42:58 PM


  17. The Blackberry is a CANADIAN creation... lol. just wanted to say that again! I feel sorry for you guys.

    Posted by: Canuck | Sep 16, 2008 2:05:41 PM


  18. The Blackberry is a CANADIAN creation... lol. just wanted to say that again! I feel sorry for you guys.

    Posted by: Canuck | Sep 16, 2008 2:07:34 PM


  19. Just keep saying it and saying it and saying it -- "The Blackberry is a Canadian invention and John McCain had absolutely nothing to do with its development, despite his staff's claims to the contrary!" And keep pointing out that idiots like Phil Gramm and Tucker what's his face and the like will be in McCain's administration, helping run the country into the ground. Scream it from the rooftops. Show the fools who still support McCain what they're really supporting -- a pathological liar bordering on either insanity or Alzheimer's who's chosen a former beauty queen fundamentalist Christian fanatic to be next in line for the presidency in case he dies...which some of her supporters are praying will happen.

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | Sep 16, 2008 5:17:29 PM


  20. As pathetically laughable as this is, the man is still ahead in the polls?!?

    Posted by: Chris Holden | Sep 17, 2008 7:02:46 AM


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