John McCain: Confirmed Mac user, Barack Obama: Confirmed Mac user (and BlackBerry sufferer)

“Blogs have been buzzing recently over McCain’s admission that when it comes to the Internet, ‘I’m an illiterate who has to rely on his wife for any assistance he can get.’ And the 71-year-old presumptive Republican presidential nominee, asked about his Web use last week by the New York Times, said that aides ‘go on for me. I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself,'” The Associated Press reports.

AP asks. “How unusual is it for a 71-year-old American to be unplugged?”

“That depends on how you look at the statistics. Only 35 percent of Americans over age 65 are online, according to data from April and May compiled by the Pew Internet Project at the Pew Research Center,” AP reports. “But when you account for factors like race, wealth and education, the picture changes dramatically. ‘About three-quarters of white, college-educated men age over 65 use the Internet,’ says Susannah Fox, director of the project.”

AP reports, “McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan presented a somewhat updated picture when contacted by The Associated Press on Friday: ‘He’s fully capable of browsing the Internet and checking Web sites,’ Buchanan said. “‘He has a Mac and uses it several times a week. He’s working on becoming more familiar with the Internet.'”

“As for McCain’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama is 46, and thus in an age group where fully 85 percent of Americans are plugged in,” AP reports. “A CNN clip available on YouTube shows him so engrossed with his Blackberry while crossing a street that he bumps into the curb.”

AP reports, “One blogger opined last week that all the fuss is silly. McCain, wrote Newsweek’s Andrew Romano, hasn’t become computer literate because he hasn’t needed to. ‘When aides are responding to your messages and briefing you on every imaginable subject, the incentive to get online sort of disappears,’ he wrote.”

More in the full article here.

[UPDATE: 2:59pm EDT: According to a Newsweek article published in February, Obama also uses a Mac: “Michelle [Obama] recently bought two MacBook laptops, one for Barack and one for the kids, so they could have video chats over the Internet.” Full article here.]

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “WalterKovacs” for the heads up.]

Work on that Internet thing, John; at least you have a Mac. And get an iPhone, Barak; you’ll instantly wonder why you ever thought you “loved” your BlackBerry.

Add McCain and Obama to the list of confirmed Mac users that includes President George Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Al Gore, Karl Rove, John Kerry, Moby, and tens of millions more…


  1. McCain is yet another Republican candidate who can’t do it for himself and has no clue what it’s like to live in the 21st century.

    I’ll bet he has aides to put his pants on in the morning:
    ‘When aides are responding… the incentive to puts your pants on yourself sort of disappears.”

  2. “. . . go on for me. I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself . . . “

    There’s a sentence that Bush would have mangled.
    Unfortunately, it also would have been pretty filthy.

  3. Actually, MDN, Obama has an iPhone (altho he is seen most often using a Blackberry) and he uses a MacBook to have iChat/AV conversations with his daughters when he is on the road. You might want to check into this.

  4. If I had both an iPhone and a Blackberry, and actually had used the iPhone, I certainly wouldn’t carry and use the blackberry. I’ve had three or four different blackberries over about 4 years (for work) and I think they’re all crap. I wonder if someone got him the iPhone to be cool and if he’s ever used it.

  5. Ok, I used “the Google” (as our esteemed Prez might say) to further pin-down the computer preferences of Obama. This from Mac.Blorge:

    Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jay-Z, Ludacris are just a sample of some the artists that make an appearance on his iPod… Recently, his wife bought two MacBook laptops one for the kids and one for Barack so they could have video chats over the internet. Obama’s campaign also uses Sproutit Mailroom (a Mac application) to manage Obama’s presidential campaign.

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