No podcast this weekend for various reasons. So I apologize if you came here searching out the 213th episode of UF/UF the Podcast. But we do have something to say this weekend. I’m taking liberty here in speaking for Tony as he is currently out of pocket.
As a political satire site we take shots at a lot of people. As a site and authors who try to bring out the idiocy and smarts of every political side, we’ve taken shots at just about everyone in the arena. But please don’t confuse that as lack of respect for the women and men who have the stones to step into the arena.
Senator John McCain had the stones and then some. That cat has been serving his country since he graduated High School. Graduating from the the Naval Academy and then flying the A4 Sky Raider in Vietnam, surviving the deadly fires on the Aircraft Carrier USS Forestall, shot down, captured and then surviving the Hanoi Hilton as a POW of the North Vietnamese, is quite the display of stonage.
The fact that he followed that career up with voluntarily entering US Politics on the national stage, lasting in Washington (aka Sodom and Gomorrah), as long as he did was just McCain’s way of showing off.
I was lucky enough to meet Senator McCain in a ballroom in Indianapolis in 1992. He was the keynote speaker at the Air Force Sargent’s Association national convention. I was one of 13 Senior Airman being interviewed for Airman of the Year. He took the time to greet each one of us 13 nominees with a handshake and kind words. You got the feeling he was sincerely proud of us. My first meeting with a national political figure. Meeting him was/is a lifetime memory.
It’s no secret Tony and I are political junkies and we have been since before we met in 2000. So meeting Senator McCain in ’92’ was huge for me. But what I remember more about Senator McCain was the way he conducted himself during the 2008 Presidential campaign.
The main clip that gets all the play is McCain taking the mic from a disheveled woman at one of his rallies. She said Obama was an Arab. McCain grabbed the mic and defended Obama saying he was a decent family man, an American who McCain just had fundamental differences with. But what really struck me was two other interactions with the Obama campaign.
The first was on the night Obama beat the Clinton and secured the Democratic Nomination. The McCain campaign ran it’s first national ad. And it was a congratulatory add for Obama. The ad praised the young Senator for winning his party’s nomination. It was, to say the least, unprecedented. In other words it was Mavericky.
Then again on election night, McCain came out to concede, the election decided. He would not be President. He lost soundly to America’s first black President. And had been his norm, McCain took the honorable road. He conceded and congratulated and thanked President Elect Obama. As if that wasn’t enough, he further legitimized the Obama Presidency by urging his own constituents to get behind the new President, my president, as he said.
Saying “He’s my President.” was the most important thing John McCain did that night. The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of American politics. But the division of American politics had really picked up steam with that election. John was doing his best to halt that division. That’s what a patriot does. Country before Party was his campaign slogan in ’08’.
And it was apt.
Senator John McCain – Patriot
Blue Skies John.