John McCain, war hero, Senator, Presidential contender, dies at 81

“John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81,” as the New York Times is reporting.

“According to a statement from his office, Mr. McCain died at 4:28 p.m. local time. He had suffered from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017.

“Despite his grave condition, he soon made a dramatic appearance in the Senate to cast a thumbs-down vote against his party’s drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But while he was unable to be in the Senate for a vote on the Republican tax bill in December, his endorsement was crucial, though not decisive, in the Trump administration’s lone legislative triumph of the year.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

5 thoughts on “John McCain, war hero, Senator, Presidential contender, dies at 81”

  1. “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.”
    -Barack Obama

  2. Trump: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Not a kind word about the man himself and, of course, the tweet included a photo of Donald Trump. Even Faux News personality Bret Hume took trump to task. What a hollow man. It amazes me that anybody on the face of this planet has any respect for him at all.

  3. John McCain had a good heart that is sorely lacking in his party these days. I was very happy to hear that Obama and Bush will give eulogies. I also understand tRump is not invited to Sen. McCain’s service just as he wasn’t invited to Barbara Bush’s service.

  4. It should be duly noted that McCain’s life ended early due to his cell phone use. Just like Senator Kennedy and VP Joe Biden’s son, their lives ended early due to a deadly brain tumor known as a gliomablastoma ( Sadly, we can expect more of these deaths in the political world, or any sector of the population where people continuously hold these radiating devices to the head. This rising tide of deaths will be known in due time as the “Electroplague” and ultimately it will be the young that will pay the biggest price. Sure wish people would hear this before it’s too late.

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