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There are very few Americans that have the respect and regard that Senator John McCain had, from being a prisoner of war in Vietnam for close to 6 years to becoming Senator and a Presidential candidate. He died of glioblastoma, a very aggressive brain tumor (cancer) yesterday but his life revolved around service to America and its people.
America’s former President, Barack Obama, who defeated Senator McCain in the 2008 presidential election, took to Facebook to celebrate this great American. He wrote:
“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed. We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.
“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.”
There you have it, the man’s political opponent that managed to defeat him in the contest for the highest office in the land, says he and the whole of America are in his debt. Not much to say after this.
Senator John McCain will definitely be missed. He is expected to be buried at United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland.