My brother and I have a running conversation about whether it is a good thing that John McCain didn’t become president. We both voted for him, but I decided early on, as much as I oppose every Marx-tinged thing President Obama stands for, I was glad Obama had won and McCain had lost. At least, I was glad McCain had lost.
It isn’t easy to put words in the mouth of the president of the United States, but the White House stable of speechwriters does that almost every day.
The frustrations of such a prestigious post are painfully recalled by Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, in his new book “Speech-Less.” The subtitle of the book is “Tales of a White House Survivor.”
Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
, October 08, 2009
Perhaps someone will be good enough to tell me how fat you are allowed to be before your opinions no longer matter. Surely conservative radio host Laura Ingraham had a specific weight in mind when she attacked Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, essentially dismissing her for being, in Ingraham’s eyes, overweight.
No longer foes but not yet allies, President-elect Barack Obama and John McCain buried their bitter campaign in public smiles and searched for common ground in private on Monday, discussing possible collaboration on climate change, immigration, Guantanamo Bay and more.
Republican John McCain won North Dakota’s three electoral votes for president, dashing the hopes of supporters of Barack Obama, who thought he could be the first Democrat in 44 years to carry the state.
With 69 percent of North Dakota’s precincts reporting Tuesday, McCain had 56 percent to Obama’s 44 percent, according to unofficial vote returns.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who was North Dakota chairman of the McCain campaign, credited McCain’s victory in part to his philosophy of limited government and willingness to cut the federal budget.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, November 05, 2008
The majority of North Dakota voters on Tuesday said they disapprove of the job Republican George W. Bush is doing as president, but that didn’t stop Republican John McCain from winning the state’s three electoral votes.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, November 05, 2008
Barack Obama radiated confidence and John McCain displayed the grit of an underdog Monday as the presidential rivals reached for the finish line of a two-year marathon with a burst of campaigning across battlegrounds from the Atlantic Coast to Arizona.
Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states Sunday, millions of telephone calls, mailings and door-knockings in a frenzied, fitting climax to a record-shattering $1 billion campaign. Together, they’ll spend about $8 per presidential vote.
By Nedra Pickler and Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press
, November 03, 2008
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address rings hollow today. Sen. Barack Obama’s message is “ask what my country has done for me lately.” No need to be personally responsible! Anyone who dares to achieve the American Dream will pay for it!
Despite John McCain’s prediction of an upset, Barack Obama reached for a landslide Friday, invading his rival’s home state with TV ads and building a lead in early voting in key battlegrounds as the presidential race headed into a hectic final weekend.
By Mike Glover and David Espo, The Associated Press
, November 01, 2008
Barack Obama’s campaign has approached Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday as the marathon presidential race entered its final, frenzied stretch with a Democratic tilt.
The disclosure came as Republican John McCain, in need of a comeback, focused on pocketbook issues amid fresh signs of a recession. “Ohio is hurting now, people in Ohio are having trouble staying in their homes, keeping their jobs,” he said as he set out on a two-day bus tour of the state.
By David Espo and Ben Feller, The Associated Press
, October 31, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama admits that he’s not an avid sportsman. Living in the south side of Chicago probably presents fewer opportunities for hunting and fishing than I enjoy here in Stutsman County. Sen. John McCain doesn’t spend much time in the field, either, and also admits that he doesn’t own a gun.
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