Coverage and Comments on John McCain.

All,

I have pasted below a variety of articles and comments on John McCain by Republicans and Democrats, and Liberals and Conservatives. Most of McCain’s admirers differed with him on some issues, and the flipside of passion is sometimes being a tad erratic. But through it all, one admired his honor and his willingness to fight to the end for a cause in which he believed.

These days, decent people long for political leaders who somehow find common ground and work across the aisle where possible without sacrificing core beliefs. As a minister once told me about doctrine, “focus on the major and not the minor issues.” To paraphrase him, honor God and love others, and don’t get hung up on the minutia. My interpretation … achieving lasting good matters; not ideological purity.

John McCain sometimes incensed me with his individual positions, but I’d take his irascible independence over 100 of the rigid Freedom Caucus members or those lockstep Democrats.

One night, I spent almost an hour walking in D.C. with John McCain. I was humbled by his humility, down-to-earth nature, and forthrightness. He was what I expected. Imperfect, but in his own way, noble.

My take … no one is perfect and if anyone was perfect, I wouldn’t want to spend time with them. If we gathered FDR, Lincoln and Washington for drinks and asked them if they ever screwed up, they’d choke and spew out their drinks, and laugh for 10 minutes before replying. When did we start expecting perfection from great leaders? The difference in McCain versus Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump is that McCain may have made bad decisions, but at his core, he was an honorable public servant … a wilder version of Bush I. But hey, they were both Navy. They had met the elephant and lived to tell about it. God Bless those guys. We are the better for having known them.

Howard

McCain’s legacy will be about a trait, more than any individual cause that was both larger than himself and is in perilously short supply in American politics right now: Honor.

John McCain’s legacy: A sense of honor that has become rare in a polarized Washington

Analysis: McCain could be stubborn, but is best remembered for letting go of grudges and making common cause with opponents in the national interest.

Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.” At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.

 Barak and Michelle Obama

 

Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.

George W. Bush

Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day.

He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honored to serve in the Senate. He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do.

Bill and Hillary Clinton

“A Warrior Patriot.”

Hillary Clinton in a heartfelt CNN Interview.

When Clinton, a former Democratic senator from New York, first started traveling with McCain, she told CNN’s Dana Bash, “I saw someone who revered the values of our country, and he is always thinking about America’s place in history and America’s place in the world. And I saw his passion and his love, his love of his family, his love of our country, his love of the friends that he has made over the years, and he was a patriot regardless of party, He is a patriot, and I am honored that he is also my friend.”

Clinton told Bash that she thought about McCain’s 2008 presidential election concession speech when she had to give her own in 2016 after a shocking defeat by President Donald Trump. In the 2008 speech, McCain urged his supporters to join him in working with then-President-elect to bridge differences in a spirit of goodwill.

“I thought that it was such a tribute to who he is as a man and as a political leader,” Clinton said, adding that she, too, tried to reach out to her supporters, especially young women, to keep them from being discouraged.

“And so I tried to speak in a way that would create the same sort of reaction — even from people who were incredibly upset about what happened … and I did want to give the President-elect all the opportunity in the world to transition from being a partisan and whipping up the feelings, the anger, the resentment, the fears of the people who supported him, to being a President for all the people,” “That’s what John McCain would have done had he won.”

Clinton recalled the years working and traveling alongside her Republican colleague, telling Bash that she was initially “a little surprised” when he first approached her to travel together.

“He liked to try out different colleagues to see whether they were good traveling companions,” Clinton said.

When McCain inquired about traveling, Clinton said she “immediately said, ‘sure.'”

“During those long, long flights, we had a lot of time to talk. We talked about the unfairness that sometimes infects our politics,” Clinton recalled. “If you were his friend, he would stand up for you, he would defend you. He didn’t like the personal attacks that went along with politics that became increasingly common.”

As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller — never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.

Chuck Schumer

 

 

 

 

LISTEN: Special NPR Politics Podcast On Sen. McCain

 

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

 

In this special episode, Tamara Keith, Kelsey Snell, Scott Horsley and Ron Elving remember Sen. McCain’s life, legacy and how he shaped the Republican party. Listen here.

 

From A POW Prison, John McCain Emerged A ‘Maverick’

 

 

Horst Faas/AP

 

While the Arizona senator and two-time presidential candidate will be remembered for his self-proclaimed “maverick” persona, it was his military bloodlines and 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam that shaped much of McCain’s legacy. NPR’s Don Gonyea and Brakkton Booker look at how McCain’s time spent as a POW shaped his future in the United States Senate.

Read NPR’s full obituary coverage of Sen. McCain, the ’Patriot,’ ‘Hero,’ and ‘American Original.’

LISTEN: McCain In His Own Words

 

 

Stephan Savoia/AP

 

Anyone who followed the remarkable saga of Sen. John McCain will recognize the voice reading here. His memoir, The Restless Wave, is a plain-spoken and often painful personal accounting; a résumé of a contentious career and a defense of controversial political decisions. It may inspire or enrage. But it is less an effort to provoke such conflicting responses than a paean to the late senator’s idea of America. Read Ron Elving’s review here.

 

From The NPR Archive

 

 

 

 

NPR’s Politics team covered John McCain’s storied life and career from his days as a freshman senator from Arizona to his final moments as a beloved colleague to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Peter Overby looks back on how McCain made campaign finance reform a years-long mission. Dana Farrington followed McCain as he called for compromise in his return to the Senate floor after a devastating brain cancer diagnosis. Philip Ewing wrote about Washington without McCain.

 

 

John McCain Remembered as Principled Leader

Washington awoke Sunday to an outpouring of grief and condolences, as leaders and commentators from both sides of the political aisle paid homage to Sen. John McCain after the Republican lawmaker’s family confirmed his death on Saturday from brain cancer. 93

 

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