John McCain says in an interview published this weekend that he has begun learning the wonders of the World Wide Web, but does not yet e-mail or have a BlackBerry.
The revelation, while putting McCain far behind the majority of Americans in tech savvy, is a big change from his admission this winter that he was “illiterate” when it came to computers.
“I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself,” McCain told Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper of The New York Times.
“I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”
McCain said websites his staff often show him include The Drudge Report, Politico.com and RealClear Politics.
President Bush was an avid e-mailer before he took office, but he stopped for privacy reasons.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was photographed last week with BlackBerry in hand.
In an interview in January with Politico and Yahoo News, McCain punted on whether he prefers a Mac or a PC. “Neither,” he replied. “I am an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance that I can get.”
But as he heads into a general election showdown with the hip and youthful Obama, McCain now says he’s trying to learn.
Reproduced from Politico.com