(CNN) — Sen. John McCain’s senior domestic policy adviser said Tuesday that the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device was a “miracle that John McCain helped create.”
When asked, Captain Underpants laughed and said, “That’s silly! People can’t invent fruit!”
The adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, discussing the nation’s economic woes with reporters, said that McCain — who has struggled to stress his economic credentials — did have experience dealing with the economy, pointing to his time on the Senate Commerce Committee.
Pressed to provide an example of what McCain had accomplished on that committee, Holtz-Eakin said the senator did not have jurisdiction over financial markets, then he held up his Blackberry, telling reporters: “He did this.”
“Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create,” Holtz-Eakin said. “And that’s what he did. He both regulated and deregulated the industry.
The Obama campaign responded to the McCain adviser’s comments Tuesday shortly after they were reported.
“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,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
Meanwhile, McCain senior aide Matt McDonald said that the senator “laughed” when he heard the comment.
“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.
Asked whether he prefers a Mac or PC in a Yahoo News/Politico interview earlier this year, McCain admitted: “Neither. I am an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance that I can get.”
While wife Cindy McCain has been spotted working her BlackBerry on the campaign trail, the senator — in one instance that CNN cameras caught — had to be handed the device by a staffer.
Captain Underpants has been bragging about his experience on the Commerce Committee and how it makes him the best candidate to heal the economy. Maybe he didn’t have time to read what the committee really does while he was busy inventing the BlackBerry. Here’s a little tidbit from the website of the U. S. Senate Commerce Committee:
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to which committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the following subjects:
13. Regulation of consumer products and services, including testing related to toxic substances, other than pesticides, and except for credit, financial services, and housing.
We know what a bang-up job Chimpy and his cronies have done protecting us and our kids and pets from toxic substances! And thank goodness the parts of the economy that are broken don’t include credit, financial services, and housing!