FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2018
“Today we lost a great citizen and a great patriot.”
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. laments the passing of Senator John McCain
Today we lost a great citizen and a great patriot.
Sen. John McCain was an authentic American hero, a straight shooter.
There was nothing fake about him. He showed us how to live and how to suffer with dignity.
While the Arizona Republican and I did not often agree politically, we always saw eye-to-eye on our undying passion and love for our country.
Sen. McCain was a man of courage, integrity and grit. A maverick with a sense of humor and theater. In the 2000 presidential campaign, he took the media on a joyful ride aboard his Straight Talk Express. Last year, he delayed his cancer treatment to cast a dramatic, 2 a.m. “no” vote that stopped his party’s effort to kill the Affordable Care Act.
“In the arena” was a phrase he liked to use, and the arena was where he lived his life. Sen. McCain and his family devoted their lives to national military and public service.
His father was an admiral in the navy. Sen. McCain was a fighter pilot who spent five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Because of his father’s influence he could have come home early but chose to stay with his fellow prisoners of war as a matter of honor.
One of the highlights of his political career occurred during a campaign rally while he was running for president in 2008. A Republican supporter stood up and said she did not trust Barack Obama because he was an “Arab.”
Sen. McCain took the microphone.
“No ma’am,” Sen. McCain told the woman, shaking his head. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
In 2017, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sen. McCain how he wanted the American people to remember him.
“He served his country,” was the senator’s reply. “And not always right, made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors. But served his country. And I hope, we could add, honorably.”
Thank you for your service John McCain.
We the People will always remember you.