On Sunday, June 29, while Wes Clark was commenting about John McCain’s military service, Abraham Katsman was writing about McCain’s personal life. Katsman’s story, “A not-so-public man: the private character of John McCain,” appeared in The Jerusalem Post.
It’s notable that the release of the story came Sunday, rather than in the midst of the uproar following Clark’s remarks. It came because it was a story worth telling, not because McCain suddenly needed some kind of positive publicity. The contrast between Clark and McCain and their differing attitudes about their military service is striking. McCain has been relatively quiet about his service, leaving it to others to tell his story. Clark, on the other hand, has been very busily and publicly capitalizing on his service, not only running for president but appearing often on cable news as a military analyst.
More important though, the story tells a lot about the private John McCain and his family, especially his kids. It’s no accident that the information will come as a surprise to many; after all, few stories could compare to his Vietnam years. Both stories, however, speak to the character of the man, and if anyone still has any doubts about it, they should click on the link above and start reading.
Note, Sept. 28, 2008: Not mentioned in Katsman’s article is that McCain courted his second wife, Cindy, for months while still married to his first wife, Carol, who had been disfigured and crippled in a car accident while he was in Vietnam.
Also, although the orphanage that Cindy McCain visited had been founded by Mother Teresa, the two never actually met, as some reports have indicated.
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