So apparently, Clinton had only sent two pieces of email during his presidency. And one of them was only a test. (The other one was sent to John Glenn while he was on the space shuttle, which admittedly is pretty impressive.)
I wouldn’t really single out Clinton on this – I doubt Bush is an Outlook fiend either. It does make sense, if you consider that emailling is a fairly menial task and time is better spent, say, running a country. Why should they have to worry about macro virii or Windows crashes or herbal Viagra spam? That’s what their entourages of executive assistants and secretaries are for.
Of course, this begs the question: how in touch are they really with their people? They are all older, wealthy Caucasian men from large, powerful families. Many people remember the brouhaha over George Bush Sr. being amazed at the sight of a grocery store checkout scanner. The story may not be true, but it was apparently the first time that entire year he set foot inside a supermarket.
If you recall, Clinton did pass the Communications Decency Act (CDA) in 1996. It was a well-intentioned, but heavy-handed piece of legislation as it basically called for turning the net into a police state. Fortunately, it was later struck down in court as unconstitutional. However, other absurd laws exist – Canada’s recordable media tax levy, and the so-called CDA II. It makes you wonder, since these leaders probably never have to touch a computer, how can they understand what repercussions would occur from the laws they pass?
“All I know about the ceremony is what I saw on Monty Python.”
– Bill Gates, on what he’s expecting when Queen Elizabeth gives him an honorary knighthood