No political commentary this morning, only deep sadness at the news that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. While I have not always agreed with Senator McCain, I have immense respect and admiration for the man. He is a good man and one of the few in his party who I think genuinely cares about the people of this country.
John McCain has been serving this nation in one capacity or another since 1958, when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. When he was offered release because of his father’s rank, McCain refused to be freed before those who had been held captive longer. He was a prisoner of war until 1973, during which time he was frequently tortured. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. McCain was first elected to the House in 1982 where he served two terms before winning a bid for the Senate just four years later.
Senator John McCain has given much of his life to his country and his fellow Americans for nearly sixty years. Today I take this opportunity to honour him and hope that my readers will also. No matter what our politics, our beliefs, no matter what side of the aisle we sit on, we must always remember that our humanitarian values come first. At times like this, we put the politics, the arguments aside for just a moment. John McCain is a good man, he is in my thoughts and my heart today.
“John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.” – President Barack Obama
“John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.” – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“.@SenJohnMcCain, you are a true fighter & I’ll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.” – Senator Chuck Schumer
“My thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain, a true hero. Cancer is up against one Anerica’s toughest fighters.” – Senator Cory Booker
“.@SenJohnMcCain is a man of principle, integrity, and the father to a loving family. The entire country is with him in this fight.” – Senator Dean Heller
“Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.” – Senator Steve Scalise
“Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.” – Senator Jeff Flake
“John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life.” – Senator Mitch McConnell
“John and I have been friends for 40 years. He’s gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong – and he will beat this.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden
“As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.” – Former President Bill Clinton
“My thoughts are with John McCain and his family tonight. A true fighter and American hero.” – Senator Kamala Harris
“Heidi and I will be lifting up John, Cindy, and his entire family in our prayers in wake of his recent diagnosis…” – Senator Ted Cruz
“Senator John McCain is a fighter and true, bonafide American hero. We’re behind him every step of the way. Cancer picked on the wrong guy.” – Senator Patty Murray
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.” – Donald Trump
“Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!” – Vice President Mike Pence
As you can see … politicos from both sides, current and former, have put aside their differences to offer their support and love to Senator McCain. I hope we can all do the same.