President Barack Obama Statement After Passing of Senator John McCain

Roberta and John McCain
McCain and his mother

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “Senator John McCann was an American patriot and hero who sacrificed for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans to night in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”

McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and served as a pilot.
McCain is pulled out of a Hanoi lake by a mix of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Vietnamese citizens.Reuters

 

After the death of 2008 presidential candidate and United States Senator John McCain Saturday, the man who defeated him in the race for the Oval Office released a statement mourning his passing.

 

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Sen. John McCain of Arizona shares a laugh with one of his closest friends, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//President Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 election, issued a statement Saturday night praising McCain for viewing public service as a “patriotic obligation:”

“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 heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

After serving as a Navy liaison in the Senate, McCain took the leap into politics and was elected to serve Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 1982 to 1984.
President Ronald Reagan meets with Republican senatorial candidate John McCain ahead of McCain’s 1986 election campaign, in the Oval Office of the White House.National Archives
During a visit to the infamous prison, McCain said he could not forgive the jailers who mistreated and killed fellow POWs.
McCain walks past iron bars of a jail cell within the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” jail.Reuters
Some areas of the prison where McCain was held were converted into a museum, dedicated to the historic link between his service and the Vietnam War.
McCain’s flight suit at Hoa Lo Prison Historic Vestige in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 27, 2008.Chitose Suzuki/AP
McCain married Cindy Hensley in 1980 and had a daughter, two sons, and adopted another daughter from Bangladesh.
McCain and his wife Cindy pose with their children. From left: Meghan, 14; Bridget, 8; Jimmy, 11; and Jack, 13. Bridget was adopted from an orphanage in Bangladesh.AP
McCain broke both of his arms and his right knee. He had lost consciousness until he hit the water after ejecting from the plane.
McCain is seen lying injured in North Vietnam wearing an arm cast.AP

Illinois, Indiana Politicians Mourn Loss of Sen. John McCain Illinois, Indiana Politicians Mourn Loss of Sen. John McCain

After the death of 2008 presidential candidate and United States Senator John McCain Saturday, the man who defeated him in the race for the Oval Office released a statement mourning his passing.

Former President Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 election, issued a statement Saturday night praising McCain for viewing public service as a “patriotic obligation:”

“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 heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

McCain passed away Saturday at the age of 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

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