I used to be HUGE fan of John McCain — and now I am BACK to being a HUGE fan.
He was a hero and of that there could never be any doubt. That the DOTARD got away with questioning Senator McCain’s hero status and still got elected President — to I, says a LOT about the American psyche.
I had the honor of meeting Senator McCain — 17 years ago, during his 2000 Presidential bid. My son, Matthew, 7-years old at the time, taking my lead, was also a big McCain fan. One Monday morning in February 2000 McCain was scheduled to speak at the Gilford Fire Station. I lived in Gilford at the time. I kept Matthew home that day so we could go see McCain.
We went early in the morning — and it was COLD. There might have been 80 people there, Matthew by far the youngest. He got himself right up to the front and watched McCain — TRANSFIXED.
And now for the NEAT part.
When he finished speaking the FIRST thing McCain did was come up to Matthew and KNEEL DOWN! Yes, he knelt down and talked with Matthew and gave him his autograph. It was total silence in the room. Everybody just watched. I was SO proud and happy.
Then came Elián González the then 7-year old Cuban boy. Elián was the same age as Matthew, and like Elián dad, I too was divorced and only had joint-custody of Matthew. This is where John McCain and I could NOT see eye to eye. As far as I was concerned — and it is still the case — a FATHER’s rights are paramount. Nothing can get in the way of that. IF the father wanted Elián back in Cuba — that had to be THE LAW. So, that was when I ceased to be as fond of John McCain.
But, I will NOW forgive him.
Bravo, Senator McCain. YOU are the MAN. The ETERNAL hero.
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