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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 11:19

Rod Blagojevich shows no tech savvy needed to be Governor


Impeached and ousted former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich proved last night on the Celebrity Apprentice you don't need tech savvy to lead a state.

Regular iTWire readers know I'm a fan of Mark Burnett's Apprentice franchise so I was keenly amused by events in last night's episode of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

Among the likes of Sharon Osbourne, Cindy Lauper and the world's fastest man, Michael Johnson, one of the celebrities hitting the streets this time around is Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich was twice elected Governor of Illionois, the fifth most populous state in the United States of America.

His career hit a spectacular low after allegations that he had sought personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for Barack Obama after Obama, of course, resigned his Senate seat to become President of the United States.

Although Blagojevich is yet to face court he was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives and barred from holding further public office in the state by the Senate.

Blagojevich isn't silent, however, whether in his blog or while performing tasks in the Apprentice.

Last night's episode showed us you don't need any IT savvy to run a state of 13 million people, beginning with Blagojevich's inability to power on a regular MacBook Pro laptop.

After gaining help from teammate and celebrity Australian chef Curtis Stone, Blagojevich was next able to demonstrate the ancient art of 'hunt and peck' typing.

To project manager Michael Johnson's disgust, Blagojevich only managed to pump out a single paragraph after 30 minutes of pounding the keyboard. Johnson sent him off on a different task.

The ex-Governor, or 'Gov' as he is affectionately known on the show, explained:

'One of the things when you're Governor, there's 60,000 people working for you, they pretty much research for you. Before that I was a congressman, and I never had to learn it.'

Perhaps basic computing instruction ought to be offered to politicians. There's certainly an Australian Senator who evidently is out of touch with technology too.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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