It wasn’t that long ago when Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s campaign made light of the aftereffects of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s five years spent in a Vietnamese POW camp.
The whole thing, if you remember, came out following an interview in which McCain admitted that other people use the Internet for him, that he’ll often watch as his wife or daughter surfs the Web on his behalf. While the Obama campaign interpreted this as computer illiteracy and used it to once again paint McCain as the out-of-touch, old white guy, in reality the senator’s limitations come as a result of injuries incurred at the hands of the Viet Cong. Because of the aftereffects of the beatings and torture and sacrifice he made for the nation, McCain simply cannot lift his arms much higher than his waist. Those injuries manifest themselves in his speeches, in his awkward thumb-raising gestures, and in his ability to sit down and use a computer.
Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, just lives with his foot in his mouth.
If any Republican, or God forbid former President Bush, had mentioned that he didn’t know a certain “Web site number,” he would have been lambasted by the press. Biden? Not so much. It’s just Joe being Joe and, as we heard the president say last night, nobody messes with Joe. Certainly not the media.