Barack Obama On John McCain: ‘We Never Doubted We Were On The Same Team’ | NBC News

TO JOHN’S BELOVED FAMILY, MRS. TO JOHN’S BELOVED FAMILY, MRS. McCAIN, TO CINDY AND THE McCAINMcCAIN, TO CINDY AND THE McCAIN CHILDREN, AND AS JOHN WOULD SAY,CHILDREN, AND AS JOHN WOULD SAY, MY FRIENDS. MY FRIENDS. WE COME TO CELEBRATE ANWE COME TO CELEBRATE AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN. EXTRAORDINARY MAN. A WARRIOR. A WARRIOR. A STATESMAN. A STATESMAN. A PATRIOT. A PATRIOT. EMBODIED SO MUCH THAT HIS BESTEMBODIED SO MUCH THAT HIS BEST IN AMERICA. IN AMERICA. PRESIDENT BUSH AND I ARE AMONGPRESIDENT BUSH AND I ARE AMONG THE FORTUNATE FEW WHO COMPETEDTHE FORTUNATE FEW WHO COMPETED AGAINST JOHN AT THE HIGHESTAGAINST JOHN AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF POLITICS. LEVELS OF POLITICS. HE MADE US BETTER PRESIDENTS,HE MADE US BETTER PRESIDENTS, JUST AS HE MADE THE SENATEJUST AS HE MADE THE SENATE BETTER. BETTER. JUST AS HE MADE THIS COUNTRYJUST AS HE MADE THIS COUNTRY BETTER. BETTER. SO FOR SOMEONE LIKE JOHN TO ASKSO FOR SOMEONE LIKE JOHN TO ASK YOU WHILE HE’S STILL ALIVE TOYOU WHILE HE’S STILL ALIVE TO STAND AND SPEAK OF HIM WHEN HE’SSTAND AND SPEAK OF HIM WHEN HE’S GONE IS A PRECIOUS AND SINGULARGONE IS A PRECIOUS AND SINGULAR HONOR. HONOR. WHEN JOHN CALLED ME WITH THATWHEN JOHN CALLED ME WITH THAT REQUEST EARLIER THIS YEAR, I’LLREQUEST EARLIER THIS YEAR, I’LL ADMIT, SADNESS, AND ALSO AADMIT, SADNESS, AND ALSO A CERTAIN SURPRISE. CERTAIN SURPRISE. AFTER THE CONVERSATION ENDED, IAFTER THE CONVERSATION ENDED, I REALIZED HOW WELL IT CAPTUREDREALIZED HOW WELL IT CAPTURED SOME OF JOHN’S ESSENTIALSOME OF JOHN’S ESSENTIAL QUALITIES. QUALITIES. TO START WITH, JOHN LIKED BEINGTO START WITH, JOHN LIKED BEING UNPREDICTABLE. UNPREDICTABLE. EVEN LOAN CONTRARY OLYMPIAN. EVEN LOAN CONTRARY OLYMPIAN. HE HAD NO INTEREST IN CONFORMINGHE HAD NO INTEREST IN CONFORMING AND DIDN’T WANT A MEMORIAL THATAND DIDN’T WANT A MEMORIAL THAT WAS GOING TO BE PREPACKAGEDWAS GOING TO BE PREPACKAGED EITHER. EITHER. ALSO SHOWED JOHN’S DISTANDAIN FOALSO SHOWED JOHN’S DISTANDAIN FO SELF PITY. SELF PITY. HE HAD BEEN TO HELL AND BACK ANDHE HAD BEEN TO HELL AND BACK AND YET SOMEHOW NEVER LOST HISYET SOMEHOW NEVER LOST HIS ENERGY OR HIS OPTIMISM FOR LIFE. ENERGY OR HIS OPTIMISM FOR LIFE. SO CANCER DID NOT SCARE HIM. SO CANCER DID NOT SCARE HIM. AND HE WOULD MAINTAIN THATAND HE WOULD MAINTAIN THAT BUOYANT SPIRIT TO THE VERY END. BUOYANT SPIRIT TO THE VERY END. TOO STUBBORN TO SIT STILL,TOO STUBBORN TO SIT STILL, OPINIONATED AS EVER, FIERCELYOPINIONATED AS EVER, FIERCELY DEVOTED TO FRIENDS AND MOST OFDEVOTED TO FRIENDS AND MOST OF ALL TO HIS FAMILY. ALL TO HIS FAMILY. IT SHOWED HIS SENSE OF HUMOR,IT SHOWED HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, LITTLE BIT OF A MISWHAT BETTER WLITTLE BIT OF A MISWHAT BETTER W TO GET A LAUGH THAN MAKE GEORGETO GET A LAUGH THAN MAKE GEORGE AND I SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT HIMAND I SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT HIM TO A NATIONAL AUDIENCE. TO A NATIONAL AUDIENCE. AND MOST OF ALL, IT SHOWED AAND MOST OF ALL, IT SHOWED A LARGENESS OF SPIRIT. LARGENESS OF SPIRIT. AN ABILITY TO SEE PASTAN ABILITY TO SEE PAST DIFFERENCES IN SEARCH OF COMMONDIFFERENCES IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND. GROUND. AND IN FACT, ON THE SURFACE,AND IN FACT, ON THE SURFACE, JOHN AND I COULD NOT HAVE BEENJOHN AND I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT. MORE DIFFERENT. WE’RE OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS,WE’RE OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, I CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME ANDI CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME AND NEVER KNEW MY FATHER. NEVER KNEW MY FATHER. JOHN WAS THE STEIN OF ONE OFJOHN WAS THE STEIN OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DISTINGUISHEDAMERICA’S MOST DISTINGUISHED MILITARY FAMILIES. MILITARY FAMILIES. I HAVE A REPUTATION FOR KEEPINGI HAVE A REPUTATION FOR KEEPING COOL. COOL. JOHN NOT SO MUCH. JOHN NOT SO MUCH. WE WERE STANDARD BEARERS OFWE WERE STANDARD BEARERS OF DIFFERENT POLITICAL TRADITIONSDIFFERENT POLITICAL TRADITIONS AND THROUGHOUT MY PRESIDENCY SI,AND THROUGHOUT MY PRESIDENCY SI, JOHN NEVER HESITATED TO TELL MEJOHN NEVER HESITATED TO TELL ME WHEN HE THOUGHT I WAS SCREWINGWHEN HE THOUGHT I WAS SCREWING UPUP UP, WHICH BY HIS CALCULATION WASUP, WHICH BY HIS CALCULATION WAS ABOUT ONCE A DAY. , BUT FOR ALLABOUT ONCE A DAY. , BUT FOR ALL OUR DIFFERENCES, FOR ALL THEOUR DIFFERENCES, FOR ALL THE TIMES WE SPARKED. TIMES WE SPARKED. I NEVER TRIED TO HIDE AND II NEVER TRIED TO HIDE AND I THINK JOHN CAME TO UNDERSTANDTHINK JOHN CAME TO UNDERSTAND THE LONG STANDING ADMIRATIONTHE LONG STANDING ADMIRATION THAT I HAD FOR HIM. THAT I HAD FOR HIM. BY HIS OWN ACCOUNT, JOHN WAS ABY HIS OWN ACCOUNT, JOHN WAS A REBELLIOUS YOUNG MAN. REBELLIOUS YOUNG MAN. IN HIS CASE, THAT’SIN HIS CASE, THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. UNDERSTANDABLE. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DISTINGUISHWHAT BETTER WAY TO DISTINGUISH YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE THE SON ANDYOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE THE SON AND GRANDSON OF ADMIRALS THAN TOGRANDSON OF ADMIRALS THAN TO MUTINY. MUTINY. EVENTUALLY HE CONCLUDED THE ONLYEVENTUALLY HE CONCLUDED THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY MAKE HIS MARK ONWAY TO REALLY MAKE HIS MARK ON THE WORLD IS TO COMMIT TOTHE WORLD IS TO COMMIT TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. AND FOR JOHN, THAT MEANTAND FOR JOHN, THAT MEANT ANSWERING THE HIGHEST OFANSWERING THE HIGHEST OF CALLINGS. CALLINGS. SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN A TIME OFSERVING HIS COUNTRY IN A TIME OF WAR. WAR. OTHERS THIS WEEK AND THISOTHERS THIS WEEK AND THIS MORNING HAVE SPOKEN TO THEMORNING HAVE SPOKEN TO THE DEPTHS OF HIS TERRORORMENT AND TDEPTHS OF HIS TERRORORMENT AND T DEPTHS OF HIS COURAGE THERE INDEPTHS OF HIS COURAGE THERE IN THE CELLS OF HANOI WHEN DAYTHE CELLS OF HANOI WHEN DAY AFTER DAY, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THATAFTER DAY, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THAT YOUTHFUL IRON WAS TEMPERED INTOYOUTHFUL IRON WAS TEMPERED INTO STEEL. STEEL. BRINGS TO MIND SOMETHING THATBRINGS TO MIND SOMETHING THAT HEMMINGWAY WROTE IN A BOOK THATHEMMINGWAY WROTE IN A BOOK THAT MEGAN REFERRED TO, HIS FAVORITEMEGAN REFERRED TO, HIS FAVORITE BOOK. BOOK. TODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY IN ALL THETODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY IN ALL THE DAYS THAT WILL EVER BE, BUT WHATDAYS THAT WILL EVER BE, BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ALL THE OTHERWILL HAPPEN IN ALL THE OTHER DAYS THAT EVER COME CAN DEPENDDAYS THAT EVER COME CAN DEPEND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. IN CAPTIVITY, JOHN LEARNED ININ CAPTIVITY, JOHN LEARNED IN WAYS THAT FEW OF US EVER WILL,WAYS THAT FEW OF US EVER WILL, THE MEANING OF THOSE WORDS. THE MEANING OF THOSE WORDS. HOW EACH MOMENT, EACH DAY, EACHHOW EACH MOMENT, EACH DAY, EACH CHOICE IS A TEST. CHOICE IS A TEST. AND JOHN McCAIN PASSED THAT TESTAND JOHN McCAIN PASSED THAT TEST AGAIN, AND, AGAIN, AND, AGAIN,. . AGAIN, AND, AGAIN, AND, AGAIN,. . WHEN JOHN SPOKE WITH VIRTUESWHEN JOHN SPOKE WITH VIRTUES LIKE SERVICE AND DUTY, IT DIDN’TLIKE SERVICE AND DUTY, IT DIDN’T RING HALLOW. RING HALLOW. THEY WEREN’T JUST WORDS TO HIM. THEY WEREN’T JUST WORDS TO HIM. IT WAS A TRUTH THAT HE HADIT WAS A TRUTH THAT HE HAD LIFTED. LIFTED. AND FOR WHICH HE WAS PREPARED TOAND FOR WHICH HE WAS PREPARED TO DIE. DIE. IT ENFORCED EVEN THE MOSTIT ENFORCED EVEN THE MOST CYNICAL TO CONSIDER WHAT WERE WECYNICAL TO CONSIDER WHAT WERE WE DOING FOR OUR COUNTRY?DOING FOR OUR COUNTRY? WHAT MIGHT WE RISK EVERYTHINGWHAT MIGHT WE RISK EVERYTHING FOR?FOR? MUCH HAS BEEN SAID THIS WEEKMUCH HAS BEEN SAID THIS WEEK ABOUT WHAT A MAVERICK JOHN WAS. ABOUT WHAT A MAVERICK JOHN WAS. NFTD. NFTD. JOHNJOHN IN FACT. IN FACT. JOHN WAS A PRETTY CONSERVATIVEJOHN WAS A PRETTY CONSERVATIVE GUY. GUY. TRUST ME, I WAS ON THE END OFTRUST ME, I WAS ON THE END OF SOME OF THOSE VOTES. SOME OF THOSE VOTES. HE DID UNDERSTAND SOMEHE DID UNDERSTAND SOME PRINCIPLES TRANSCEND POLITICS. PRINCIPLES TRANSCEND POLITICS. SOME VALUES TRANSCEND PARTY. SOME VALUES TRANSCEND PARTY. HE CONSIDERED IT PART OF HISHE CONSIDERED IT PART OF HIS DUTY TO UPHOLD THOSE PRINCIPLESDUTY TO UPHOLD THOSE PRINCIPLES AND UPHOLD THOSE VALUES. AND UPHOLD THOSE VALUES. JOHN CARED ABOUT THEJOHN CARED ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONS OF SELF GOVERNMENT,INSTITUTIONS OF SELF GOVERNMENT, OUR CONSTITUTION, WILL OFOUR CONSTITUTION, WILL OF RIGHTS. RIGHTS. RULE OF LAW. RULE OF LAW. SEPARATION OF POWERS. SEPARATION OF POWERS. EVEN THE RULES AND PROCEDURES OFEVEN THE RULES AND PROCEDURES OF THE SENATE. THE SENATE. HE KNEW THAT IN A NATION AS BIGHE KNEW THAT IN A NATION AS BIG AND BOISTEROUS AND DIVERSE ASAND BOISTEROUS AND DIVERSE AS OURS, THOSE INSTITUTIONS, THOSEOURS, THOSE INSTITUTIONS, THOSE RULES, THOSE NORMS ARE WHAT BINDRULES, THOSE NORMS ARE WHAT BIND US TOGETHER. US TOGETHER. THEY GIVE SHAPE AND ORDER TO OURTHEY GIVE SHAPE AND ORDER TO OUR COMMON LIFE. COMMON LIFE. JOHN BELIEVED IN HONEST ARGUMENTJOHN BELIEVED IN HONEST ARGUMENT IN HEARING OTHER VIEWS. IN HEARING OTHER VIEWS. UNDERSTOOD IF WE GET IN THEUNDERSTOOD IF WE GET IN THE HABIT OF BENDING THE TRUTH TOHABIT OF BENDING THE TRUTH TO SUIT POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY ORSUIT POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OR PARTY ORTHODOXY, OUR DEMOCRACYPARTY ORTHODOXY, OUR DEMOCRACY WILL NOT WORK. WILL NOT WORK. SOMETIMES WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. SOMETIMES WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. THAT’S WHY HE CHAMPIONED A FREETHAT’S WHY HE CHAMPIONED A FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS. AND INDEPENDENT PRESS. THE FACT IT EARNED HIM GOODTHE FACT IT EARNED HIM GOOD COVERAGE DIDN’T HURT EITHER. COVERAGE DIDN’T HURT EITHER. JOHN UNDERSTAND AS JFKJOHN UNDERSTAND AS JFK UNDERSTOOD, AS RONLALD REAGANUNDERSTOOD, AS RONLALD REAGAN UNDERSTOOD, THAT PART OF WHATUNDERSTOOD, THAT PART OF WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT IS THATMAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT IS THAT OUR MEMBERSHIP IS BASED NOT ONOUR MEMBERSHIP IS BASED NOT ON BLOODLINE. BLOODLINE. NOT ON WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. NOT ON WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. NOT WHAT OUR LAST NAMES ARE. NOT WHAT OUR LAST NAMES ARE. NOT BASED WHERE OUR PARENTS ORNOT BASED WHERE OUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM. GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM. OR HOW RECENTLY THEY ARRIVED. OR HOW RECENTLY THEY ARRIVED. ON ADHERENCE TO A COMMON THEMEON ADHERENCE TO A COMMON THEME THAT ALL OF US ARE CREATEDTHAT ALL OF US ARE CREATED EQUAL. EQUAL. AND DIALLED BY OUR CREATOR TOAND DIALLED BY OUR CREATOR TO CERTAIN RIGHTS. CERTAIN RIGHTS. IT’S BEEN MENTIONED TODAY AND WEIT’S BEEN MENTIONED TODAY AND WE SEE FOOTAGE THIS WEEK OF JOHNSEE FOOTAGE THIS WEEK OF JOHN PUSHING BACK AGAINST SUPPORTERSPUSHING BACK AGAINST SUPPORTERS WHO CHALLENGED MY PATRIOTISMWHO CHALLENGED MY PATRIOTISM DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN. DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN. I NEVER SAW JOHN TREAT ANYONEI NEVER SAW JOHN TREAT ANYONE DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THEIRDIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR RELIGION OR GENDER. RACE OR RELIGION OR GENDER. I’M CERTAIN IN THE MOMENTSI’M CERTAIN IN THE MOMENTS REFERRED TO DURING THE CAMPAIGN,REFERRED TO DURING THE CAMPAIGN, HE SAW HIMSELF AS DEFENDINGHE SAW HIMSELF AS DEFENDING AMERICA’S CHARACTER. AMERICA’S CHARACTER. NOT JUST MINE. NOT JUST MINE. CONSIDERED IT TO BE IMPERATIVECONSIDERED IT TO BE IMPERATIVE OF EVERY CITIZEN WHO LOVES THISOF EVERY CITIZEN WHO LOVES THIS COUNTRY TO TREAT ALL PEOPLECOUNTRY TO TREAT ALL PEOPLE FAIRLY. FAIRLY. AND FINALLY WHILE JOHN AND IAND FINALLY WHILE JOHN AND I DISAGREED ON ALL KINDS OFDISAGREED ON ALL KINDS OF FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES, WE STOODFOREIGN POLICY ISSUES, WE STOOD TOGETHER ON AMERICA’S ROLE INTOGETHER ON AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE ONE FORMATION BELIEVING THATTHE ONE FORMATION BELIEVING THAT WITH GREAT POWER AND GREATWITH GREAT POWER AND GREAT BLESSINGS COMES GREATBLESSINGS COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. RESPONSIBILITY. THAT BURDEN IS BORN. THAT BURDEN IS BORN. SERVICE MEMBERS LIKE DOUG,SERVICE MEMBERS LIKE DOUG, JIMMY, JACK WHO FOLLOWED THEIRJIMMY, JACK WHO FOLLOWED THEIR FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS, AS WELL ASFATHER’S FOOTSTEPS, AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES WHO SERVE ALONGSIDETHE FAMILIES WHO SERVE ALONGSIDE OUR TROOPS. , BUT JOHN UNDERSTOODOUR TROOPS. , BUT JOHN UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR SECURITY AND OURTHAT OUR SECURITY AND OUR INFLUENCE WAS ONE NOT JUST BYINFLUENCE WAS ONE NOT JUST BY OUR MILITARY MIGHT. OUR MILITARY MIGHT. NOT JUST BY OUR WEALTH, NOT JUSTNOT JUST BY OUR WEALTH, NOT JUST BY OUR ABILITY TO BEND OTHERS TOBY OUR ABILITY TO BEND OTHERS TO OUR WILL, BUT FROM OUR CAPACITYOUR WILL, BUT FROM OUR CAPACITY TO INSPIRE OTHERS. TO INSPIRE OTHERS. WITH OUR ADHERENCE TO A SET OFWITH OUR ADHERENCE TO A SET OF UNIVERSAL VALUES. UNIVERSAL VALUES. OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. OF COURSE JOHN WAS THE FIRST TOOF COURSE JOHN WAS THE FIRST TO TELL US HE WAS NOT PERFECT. TELL US HE WAS NOT PERFECT. LIKE ALL OF US WHO GO INTOLIKE ALL OF US WHO GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE, HE DID HAVE ANPUBLIC SERVICE, HE DID HAVE AN EGO. EGO. LIKE ALL OF US, THERE WAS NOLIKE ALL OF US, THERE WAS NO DOUBTS IN VOTES HE CAST. DOUBTS IN VOTES HE CAST. SOME COMPROMISES HE STRUCK. SOME COMPROMISES HE STRUCK. SOME DECISIONS HE MADE THAT HESOME DECISIONS HE MADE THAT HE WISHED HE COULD HAVE BACK. WISHED HE COULD HAVE BACK. IT’S NO SECRET IT’S BEENIT’S NO SECRET IT’S BEEN MENTIONED HEAD HAD A TEMPER. MENTIONED HEAD HAD A TEMPER. AND WHEN IT FLARED UP, IT WAS AAND WHEN IT FLARED UP, IT WAS A FORCE OF NATURE. FORCE OF NATURE. A WONDER TO BEHOLD. A WONDER TO BEHOLD. HIS JAW GRINDING, HIS FACEHIS JAW GRINDING, HIS FACE REDDENING. REDDENING. HIS EYES BORING A HOLE RIGHTHIS EYES BORING A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH YOU. THROUGH YOU. NOT THAT I EVER EXPERIENCED ITNOT THAT I EVER EXPERIENCED IT FIRSTHAND, MIND YOU. , BUT TO KNOFIRSTHAND, MIND YOU. , BUT TO KNO JOHN WAS TO KNOW THAT AS QUICKJOHN WAS TO KNOW THAT AS QUICK AS HIS PASSIONS MIGHT FLAIR, HEAS HIS PASSIONS MIGHT FLAIR, HE WAS JUST AS QUICK TO POR GIVEWAS JUST AS QUICK TO POR GIVE AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. HE KNEW MORE THAN MOST HIS OWNHE KNEW MORE THAN MOST HIS OWN FLAWS. FLAWS. THEY KNEW HOW TO LAUGH ATTHEY KNEW HOW TO LAUGH AT HIMSELF. HIMSELF. WE DIDN’T ADVERTISE IT, BUTWE DIDN’T ADVERTISE IT, BUT EVERY SO OFTEN JOHN WOULD COMEEVERY SO OFTEN JOHN WOULD COME OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND WEOVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE WOULD JUST SIT AND TALK IN THEWOULD JUST SIT AND TALK IN THE OVAL OFFICE, JUST THE TWO OF US. OVAL OFFICE, JUST THE TWO OF US. WE TALKED ABOUT POLICY ANDWE TALKED ABOUT POLICY AND FAMILY. FAMILY. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE STATE OFAND WE TALKED ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR POLITICS. OUR POLITICS. THOSE WERE REAL CONVERSATIONS. THOSE WERE REAL CONVERSATIONS. THEY WERE OFTEN DEEP. THEY WERE OFTEN DEEP. WHAT WE ENJOYED THE TIME WEWHAT WE ENJOYED THE TIME WE SHARED AWAY FROM THE BRIGHTSHARED AWAY FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS. LIGHTS. WE LAUGHED WITH EACH OTHER. WE LAUGHED WITH EACH OTHER. AND WE LEARNED FROM EACH OTHER. AND WE LEARNED FROM EACH OTHER. WE NEVER DOUBTED THE OTHER MAN’SWE NEVER DOUBTED THE OTHER MAN’S SINCERITY. SINCERITY. OR THE OTHER MAN’S PATRIOTISM OROR THE OTHER MAN’S PATRIOTISM OR THAT WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE,THAT WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE, WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM. WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM. WE NEVER DOUBTED WE WERE ON THEWE NEVER DOUBTED WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM. SAME TEAM. FOR ALL OF OUR DIFFERENCES, WEFOR ALL OF OUR DIFFERENCES, WE SHARE ADD FIDELITY TO THE IDEALSSHARE ADD FIDELITY TO THE IDEALS FOR WHICH GENERATIONS OFFOR WHICH GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAD MARCHED AND FOUGHTAMERICANS HAD MARCHED AND FOUGHT AND SACRIFICED. AND SACRIFICED. AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES. AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES. WE CONSIDERED OUR POLITICALWE CONSIDERED OUR POLITICAL BATTLES A PRIVILEGE. BATTLES A PRIVILEGE. TO DO OUR BEST TO ADVANCE THEMTO DO OUR BEST TO ADVANCE THEM AROUND THE WORLD. AROUND THE WORLD. WE SAW THIS COUNTRY AS A PLACEWE SAW THIS COUNTRY AS A PLACE WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. AND CITIZENSHIP WAS ANAND CITIZENSHIP WAS AN OBLIGATION TO TEN SURE ITOBLIGATION TO TEN SURE IT FOREVER REMAINS THAT WAY. FOREVER REMAINS THAT WAY. MORE THAN ONCE DURING HISMORE THAN ONCE DURING HIS CAREER, JOHN DREW COMPARISONS TOCAREER, JOHN DREW COMPARISONS TO TEDDY ROOSEVELT. TEDDY ROOSEVELT. I’M SURE IT’S BEEN MOTED THATI’M SURE IT’S BEEN MOTED THAT ROOSEVELT MAN IN THE ARENA SEEMSROOSEVELT MAN IN THE ARENA SEEMS TAILORED TO JOHN. TAILORED TO JOHN. MOST OF YOU KNOW IT. MOST OF YOU KNOW IT. ROOSEVELT SPEAKS OF THOSE WHOROOSEVELT SPEAKS OF THOSE WHO STRIVE, WHO DARE TO DO GREATSTRIVE, WHO DARE TO DO GREAT THINGS, WHO SOMETIMES WIN ANDTHINGS, WHO SOMETIMES WIN AND SOMETIMES COME UP SHORT. SOMETIMES COME UP SHORT. BUT ALWAYS RELISH A GOOD FIGHT. BUT ALWAYS RELISH A GOOD FIGHT. CONTRAST TO COLD TIMID SOULS WHOCONTRAST TO COLD TIMID SOULS WHO KNOW NEITHER VICTORY NOR DEFEAT. KNOW NEITHER VICTORY NOR DEFEAT. ISN’T THAT THE SPIRIT WEISN’T THAT THE SPIRIT WE CELEBRATE THIS WEEK?CELEBRATE THIS WEEK? THAT STRIVING TO BE BETTER, TOTHAT STRIVING TO BE BETTER, TO DO BETTER?DO BETTER? TO BE WORTHY. TO BE WORTHY. OF THE GREAT INHERITANCE OUROF THE GREAT INHERITANCE OUR FOUNDERS BESTOWED. FOUNDERS BESTOWED. SO MUCH OF OUR POLITIC SS ORSO MUCH OF OUR POLITIC SS OR PUBLIC DISCOURSE CAN SEEM SOPUBLIC DISCOURSE CAN SEEM SO SMALL. SMALL. AND MEAN AND PETTY. AND MEAN AND PETTY. PHONY CONTROVERSIES. PHONY CONTROVERSIES. MANUFACTURERS OUTRAGE. MANUFACTURERS OUTRAGE. POLITICS THAT PRETEND TO BEPOLITICS THAT PRETEND TO BE BRAVE AND TOUGH, BUT IN FACT ISBRAVE AND TOUGH, BUT IN FACT IS BORN OF FEAR. BORN OF FEAR. JOHN CALLED ON US TO BE BIGGERJOHN CALLED ON US TO BE BIGGER THAN THAT. THAN THAT. HE HAS KAULTD ON USCALLED ON USHE HAS KAULTD ON USCALLED ON US THAN THAT. THAN THAT. TODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY AND ALLTODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY AND ALL THE DAYS THAT WILL EVER BE. THE DAYS THAT WILL EVER BE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ALL OF THEWHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ALL OF THE OTHER DAYS THAT WILL EVER COMEOTHER DAYS THAT WILL EVER COME CAN DEPEND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. CAN DEPEND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOR JOHNWHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOR JOHN McCAIN’S LIFE OF SERVICE THAN ASMcCAIN’S LIFE OF SERVICE THAN AS BEST WE CAN. BEST WE CAN. FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE. FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE. PROVE THAT THE WILLINGNESS TOPROVE THAT THE WILLINGNESS TO GET IN THE ARENA AND FIGHT FORGET IN THE ARENA AND FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY IS NOT RESERVED FORTHIS COUNTRY IS NOT RESERVED FOR THE FEW. THE FEW. IT IS OPEN TO ALL OF US. IT IS OPEN TO ALL OF US. AND, IN FACT, IT’S DEMANDED OFAND, IN FACT, IT’S DEMANDED OF ALL OF US AS CITIZENS OF THISALL OF US AS CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC. GREAT REPUBLIC. THAT’S PERHAPS HOW WE HONOR HIMTHAT’S PERHAPS HOW WE HONOR HIM BEST. BEST. BY RECOGNIZING THAT THERE AREBY RECOGNIZING THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS BIGGER THAN PARTY ORSOME THINGS BIGGER THAN PARTY OR AMBITION OR MONEY OR FAME ORAMBITION OR MONEY OR FAME OR POWER. POWER. THERE’S SOME THINGS THAT ARETHERE’S SOME THINGS THAT ARE WORTH RISKING EVERYTHING FOR. WORTH RISKING EVERYTHING FOR. PRINCIPALS THAT ARE ETERNAL. PRINCIPALS THAT ARE ETERNAL. TRUTHS THAT ARE ABIDING. TRUTHS THAT ARE ABIDING. IT IS BEST JOHN SHOWED US WHATIT IS BEST JOHN SHOWED US WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS. FOR THAT, WE ARE ALL DEEPLY INFOR THAT, WE ARE ALL DEEPLY IN HIS DEBT.

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