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Old 09-12-2008, 08:26 PM   #736
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I'm sure he can, they just wanted to find another reason to play the POW card.
Please explain, since you're clearly the smartest man in the world. A guy can't use a keyboard due to his injuries, his opponent (intentionally or not) mocks him for it, and somehow McCain is to blame?

Wow...
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:34 PM   #737
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Yeah, I am actually. He's been campaigning for months and months now. In terms of physical stress, I wonder if constant campaigning is more challenging on a body than is actually being president. I don't have any doubts about his physical stamina.

Reagan was inaugurated at 69 and at 73. Buchanan was 65. Taylor was 64. Harrison was 68. And health and medicine have improved tremendously since when these men were president.
These are certainly valid points - and indeed, one does not have to go too far back to find Presidents who have had serious health issues while in office, and at a much younger age than McCain is now, e.g. Kennedy and Johnson. And Roosevelt, of course, though that's going back a few years. I'm not sure if there's any FYM'r old enough to remember the scenes of Roosevelt being wheeled around in a wheelchair whilst fighting the war.

I do wonder, though, if America has got used to relatively young and virile presidents of late, i.e., Bush Jr and Clinton both being healthy exercise freaks whilst in office, with their obsessive mountain-biking and jogging , and making a public virtue of it.

I still think McCain's age and health issues could, if the Democrats are clever enough to exploit them, become an issue.
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Reagan was inaugurated at 69 and at 73. Buchanan was 65. Taylor was 64. Harrison was 68. And health and medicine have improved tremendously since when these men were president.
Hey, two of those guys are in the "Mediocre Presidents" song from The Simpsons

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^ True, but from a cold/pneumonia. Not really age-related.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:43 PM   #740
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Please explain, since you're clearly the smartest man in the world. A guy can't use a keyboard due to his injuries, his opponent (intentionally or not) mocks him for it, and somehow McCain is to blame?

Wow...
McCain's original comments weren't I can't use a computer, or I can't type, it was I don't know HOW TO send an email, or something to that effect.

So if he can't type, or write or any other small task hand motor skills, how the hell does he get anything done? Can he sign his own bills? So he has assistants, that's fine, he's never overseen them send out an email? Seems like it would be pretty easy for foul ups if he isn't over seeing his own words sent out. Does he run his office by smoke signals?
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When did Reagan begin showing signs of AD?

Something a lot of people don't want to talk about.
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^ True, but from a cold/pneumonia. Not really age-related.

You're kidding right?
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When did Reagan begin showing signs of AD?

Something a lot of people don't want to talk about.
There's no way Reagan had AID's.
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There's no way Reagan had AID's.
What?
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What?

Reagan didn't have AID's. I know he used to hang around with Rock Hudson, but I doubt if they copulated.
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AID's?

I was talking about AD - Alzheimer's Disease.
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Ah, I see.

But surely this Alzheimer's meant to click in around the late 1980's, according to left-wing opinion-formers, was it not?

I seem to remember him making some remarkably good decisions around that period. I seem to remember disarmament treaties being signed, and Eastern Europe being freed, that kind of stuff.
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It is widely reported that he probably suffered from mild symptoms of it.

People can live with AD for 20+ years - good decision making doesn't mean that you are not suffering from the beginning stages of the disease.

I lived with somebody who had AD for about 7-8 years and I think that the perception of how the disease progresses is almost always incorrect as compared to the real thing.
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McCain's original comments weren't I can't use a computer, or I can't type, it was I don't know HOW TO send an email, or something to that effect.
True, but it's fair to say that he doesn't know how to because he isn't able to. He's never had a chance to learn because he doesn't really have a reason to learn.

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So if he can't type, or write or any other small task hand motor skills, how the hell does he get anything done? Can he sign his own bills? So he has assistants, that's fine, he's never overseen them send out an email? Seems like it would be pretty easy for foul ups if he isn't over seeing his own words sent out. Does he run his office by smoke signals?
I know he can write. There must just be some distinction in being able to write versus being able to type. It's not something to disqualify him. I'm sure if he's president, he'll be able to do his job.
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