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John McCain Stands with President Obama


By Suzi LeVeaux - Posted on 16 January 2011

This is the John McCain of 2000.  The John McCain I remember, before he was hijacked by by Sarah Palin and the advisors who told him to cater to the far right and the Tea Party. My respect for him just zoomed way up! 

McCain wrote this piece, published in the Washington Post.  I hope everyone will take a couple of minutes to read the entire piece.  Maybe there is hope for us after all.  Thank you Senator McCain!

President Obama gave a terrific Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America. He encouraged every American who participates in our political debates - whether we are on the left or right or in the media - to aspire to a more generous appreciation of one another and a more modest one of ourselves.

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I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals. And I reject accusations that Americans who vigorously oppose his policies are less intelligent, compassionate or just than those who support them.

Our political discourse should be more civil than it currently is, and we all, myself included, bear some responsibility for it not being so. It probably asks too much of human nature to expect any of us to be restrained at all times by persistent modesty and empathy from committing rhetorical excesses that exaggerate our differences and ignore our similarities. But I do not think it is beyond our ability and virtue to refrain from substituting character assassination for spirited and respectful debate.

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There are too many occasions when we lack that empathy and mutual respect on all sides of our politics, and in the media. But it is not beyond us to do better; to behave more modestly and courteously and respectfully toward one another; to make progress toward the ideal that beckons all humanity: to treat one another as we would wish to be treated.

We are Americans and fellow human beings, and that shared distinction is so much more important than the disputes that invigorate our noisy, rough-and-tumble political culture. That is what I heard the president say on Wednesday evening. I commend and thank him for it.

I commend and thank Senator McCain for giving us another glimpse of the "maverick" that stood by his beliefs, but was never afraid to break with party lines in doing so.  I commend and thank Senator McCain for not caving to the Tea Party types, who still insist they did nothing wrong, yet see many wrong words spoken by their opposition.

My guess is that McCain rues the day he selected Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate, unleashing her on an unsuspecting USA.  This, IMO, is a big step towards correcting that mistake.

I hope so, I am a moderate Democrate, I guess never took a test to see. I also had respect for J.McCAIN ,until the primaries were over and his vp pick was well you know. Then during his re-election to the senate he had to move farther to the right and lost even more respect from more people, cause of the Tea Party challenger. Hope he repairs his legancy , to a public servant who has his own mind, and not the guy that gave us well you know.

 

Hi cohayes...Welcome to RFO!  I've always considered myself a moderate Republican, but by today's GOP standards, I'm a real lefty.  It shows how far to the right the party has shifted.

I agree totally with your post.  He's catered to the far right, became bitter and cantankerous, losing more and more respect along the way.  I hope and pray this is a beginning of a return to his former self.   I also wish, and know it won't come true, that he would speak out publicly about...well, you know 

*whispers* you forgot to post a link, suzi* (:

Good to read this. I only wish the pre-2008 McCain  was around to speak more often. 

Oops...thanks Steven.  I'll do that right now!
Done!  Thanks again Steve!  As I'm now the mother of two 40 year olds, I have an excuse for my mind slipping. lol

Don't expect McCain to play much of a role in anything from now on. He's just about done. And he has all those kids to keep chasing off of his lawn.

LOL Misty...I think we've all seen McCain retreat into bitterness since losing the election.  In light of that, it's a really a big deal for him to step forward and take a public stand beside our President.  I think it behooves us all to support any and all efforts to tone down the hateful rhetoric.  I applaud McCain for this!

As for him being done, he was just re-elected to another full term.  What he does with that is up to him.  Disagreeing on ideology won't make him a bad person, that's politics.  How he goes about it is the determining factor.

As McCain supported the words of President Obama, I feel we can support these words from McCain.  It's a starting place.....

It was nice that McCain acknowledged that he also bears some responsibility...  Sarah are you reading this... probably not!
I agree on both counts Misty.  I even read some rebuke of Palin between the lines.  Is she listening?  Nahhh.  If she was, she would be whining about being victimized.

Should I feel bad for cracking up over that picture?

 

Heck no!!  I imagine we all cracked at least a good grin over that one. ;-D

Don't expect McCain to play much of a role in anything from now on. He's just about done. And he has all those kids to keep chasing off of his lawn.

Source: Politico

John MccCain says he has no plans on making an endorsement in what could be a crowded primary field in 2012.

Asked if that meant he would stay out of the race completely, McCain said: “most likely.”

If McCain stays out of the race, that means he could end up withholding an endorsement from one of his Senate colleagues, John Thune, who is weighing whether to jump into the race. And he may not even get behind Sarah Palin, his own 2008 running mate, if she becomes a candidate.

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Now get off my lawn.

I feel like I'm living in a dream world. First, we get major legislation passed in the lameduck session thanks to hefty bipartisan efforts and votes. Then we have bipartisan praise for President Obama's attempt to heal the nation after the shooting in Tuscan (including Fox News!) And now we have John McCain, who seemed bitter and resentful towards President Obama since he lost the election, turning over a new leaf. Well, actually an old leaf showing that leadership he was well known for not that long ago. This was a wonderful piece and I really hope it foreshadows a kinder, gentler tone in Washington, continued bipartisan efforts, and cooperation for the good of the nation. Even though he said the passage of DADT was a "sad day" he is now vowing full support to help the new policy succeed. I believe he was one of the sponsors of the idea of Democrats and Republicans sitting together during the State of the Union Address. Bravo, "Maverick" McCain. Keep working to get that reputation back! I did vote for him in the Republican Presidential primary in New York (although I was a supporter of Obama at that time and was quite sure I'd be voting for a Democrat for the first time ever!) My vote for McCain in the primary was mainly because of him bucking my party so much and not being afraid to take a stand on some issues/not being afraid of the word "Moderate" (this was well before I had any clue he'd select someone like Palin, ofcourse!) I think people like McCain need to distance themselves from people like Palin and just govern for the good of the nation. Sure, there will be disagreement, but we can keep the tone positive and stick to the actual issues without the demonizing component. We've talked about President Obama's poll numbers going up recently, but the GOP numbers (& Congress in general) actually ticked up a bit after the lameduck, so maybe they are getting the message that the American people really do want cooperation-and they might be rewarded for it. If this IS a dream, please don't wake me up for awhile. I'm kind of enjoying the moment.

From The Hill. McCain and Obama met privately recently and McCain is now signaling an openness to work with President Obama on some issues. I wish we could have that old "maverick" McCain back.

The president has become more centrist, which makes him easier to work with, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday.

Speaking with Bloomberg Television a day after a private meeting with President Obama, McCain said he could picture working with Obama on several issues going forward.

"I think there's a number of issues we could work on together, and I think it's pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him," McCain said. 

McCain said his meeting with Obama was "cordial," as his relationship with the president has been.
 
"The relationship I've always had with him is cordial," McCain said. "We had strong differences on ObamaCare, on the stimulus package — and they were passionate differences — but we've always had a cordial relationship, and that's based on my respect for the office of the presidency of the United States."

Since the 2008 election, McCain has been one of Obama's biggest critics, particularly on government spending and repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy barring gays from serving openly in the military. After the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), though, McCain praised Obama's speech at the memorial service for the victims of the shooting.

McCain said he thought he and Obama could work together going forward on issues like immigration reform and enhanced rescission.

 

Maybe the REAL John McCain has returned or at least come to his senses. We can only hope.

the get of my lawn image is funny.

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