Meghan McCain: ‘America of John McCain Has No Need To Be Made Great Again’ | NBC News


HIM THIS DAY AND ALWAYS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE AND>>THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE AND WORTH FIGHTING FOR. WORTH FIGHTING FOR. I HATE VERY MUCH TO LEAVE IT. I HATE VERY MUCH TO LEAVE IT. WHEN EARNEST HEMMINGWAY ROBERT WHEN EARNEST HEMMINGWAY ROBERT JORDAN, LIFE WOUNDED AND WAITING JORDAN, LIFE WOUNDED AND WAITING FOR HIS LAST FIGHTS, THESE ARE FOR HIS LAST FIGHTS, THESE ARE AMONG HIS FINAL THOUGHT. AMONG HIS FINAL THOUGHT. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS AN AWFUL THINK THE WORLD WAS AN AWFUL PLACE. PLACE. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS NOT FIGHTING THINK THE WORLD WAS NOT FIGHTING FOR. FOR. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS WORTH THINK THE WORLD WAS WORTH LEAVING. LEAVING. HE DID NOT THINK ANY OF THOSE HE DID NOT THINK ANY OF THOSE THINGS. THINGS. LIKE THE HERO OF HIS FAVORITE LIKE THE HERO OF HIS FAVORITE BOOK, JOHN McCAIN, TOOK THE BOOK, JOHN McCAIN, TOOK THE OPPOSITE WORLD. OPPOSITE WORLD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF LUCK YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF LUCK TO HAVE HAD SUCH A GOOD LIFE. TO HAVE HAD SUCH A GOOD LIFE. I AM HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY I AM HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY SAYING THE WORDS I HAVE NEVER SAYING THE WORDS I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO SAY. WANTED TO SAY. GIVING THIS SPEECH, I NEVER GIVING THIS SPEECH, I NEVER WANTED TO GIVE. WANTED TO GIVE. FEELING THE LOSS I HAVE NEVER FEELING THE LOSS I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO FEEL, MY FATHER IS WANTED TO FEEL, MY FATHER IS GONE. GONE. JOHN McCAIN THE 3rd WAS MANY JOHN McCAIN THE 3rd WAS MANY THINGS, HE WAS A SAILOR AND AN THINGS, HE WAS A SAILOR AND AN AVIATOR, HE WAS A WARRIOR, HE AVIATOR, HE WAS A WARRIOR, HE WAS A PRISONER, HE WAS A HERO, WAS A PRISONER, HE WAS A HERO, HE WAS A CONGRESSMAN, HE WAS A HE WAS A CONGRESSMAN, HE WAS A SENATOR, HE WAS A NOMINEE FOR SENATOR, HE WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. STATES. THESE ARE THE ALL THE TITLES. THESE ARE THE ALL THE TITLES. THEY ARE NOT THE GREATEST OF THE THEY ARE NOT THE GREATEST OF THE TITLE NOR THE MOST IMPORTANT OF TITLE NOR THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS ROLES. HIS ROLES. HE WAS A GREAT MAN. HE WAS A GREAT MAN. WE GATHER HERE TO MOURN THE WE GATHER HERE TO MOURN THE AMERICAN GREATNESS. AMERICAN GREATNESS. THE REAL THING, NOT CHEAP THE REAL THING, NOT CHEAP RHETORIC OF MEN WHO NEVER CAME RHETORIC OF MEN WHO NEVER CAME NEAR THE SACRIFICE HE GAVE SO NEAR THE SACRIFICE HE GAVE SO WILLINGLY. WILLINGLY. HE WAS A GREAT FIRE WHO BURNT HE WAS A GREAT FIRE WHO BURNT RIGHT. RIGHT. IN THE PAST FEW DAYS MY FAMILY IN THE PAST FEW DAYS MY FAMILY AND I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF AND I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF THOSE AMERICANS WHO STOOD IN THE THOSE AMERICANS WHO STOOD IN THE WARMTH AND LIGHT OF HIS FIRE AND WARMTH AND LIGHT OF HIS FIRE AND FOUND IT ILLUMINATING AND WHAT’S FOUND IT ILLUMINATING AND WHAT’S BEST ABOUT THEM. BEST ABOUT THEM. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THEM BECAUSE WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM. THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM. IF YOU HAVE RESENTED THAT FIRE, IF YOU HAVE RESENTED THAT FIRE, FOR THE TRUTH IT REVEALED ABOUT FOR THE TRUTH IT REVEALED ABOUT THEIR CHARACTER BUT MY FATHER THEIR CHARACTER BUT MY FATHER NEVER CARED WHAT THEY THOUGHT. NEVER CARED WHAT THEY THOUGHT. EVEN THAT SMALL NUMBERS STILL EVEN THAT SMALL NUMBERS STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS LONG AS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS LONG AS THEY DRAW BREATH TO LIVE UP THE THEY DRAW BREATH TO LIVE UP THE EXAMPLE OF JOHN McCAIN. EXAMPLE OF JOHN McCAIN. MY FATHER WAS A GREAT MAN. MY FATHER WAS A GREAT MAN. HE WAS A GREAT WARRIOR. HE WAS A GREAT WARRIOR. HE WAS A GREAT AMERICAN. HE WAS A GREAT AMERICAN. I ADMIRE HIM FOR ALL OF THESE I ADMIRE HIM FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS BUT I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE THINGS BUT I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT FATHER. WAS A GREAT FATHER. MY FATHER KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE MY FATHER KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GROW UP IN THE SHADOW OF TO GROW UP IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS. GREATNESS. HE DID JUST AS HIS FATHER HAVE HE DID JUST AS HIS FATHER HAVE DONE BEFORE HIM. DONE BEFORE HIM. HE WAS A SON OF A GREAT ADMIRAL HE WAS A SON OF A GREAT ADMIRAL WHO WAS ALSO A SON OF A GREAT WHO WAS ALSO A SON OF A GREAT ADMIRAL. ADMIRAL. WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR JOHN THE WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR JOHN THE 3rd TO BECOME THE MAN, HE HAD NO 3rd TO BECOME THE MAN, HE HAD NO CHOICE, HE WALKED IN THE EXACT CHOICE, HE WALKED IN THE EXACT SAME PATH. SAME PATH. HE HAD TO BECOME A SAILOR. HE HAD TO BECOME A SAILOR. HE HAD TO GO TO WAR. HE HAD TO GO TO WAR. HE HAD TO HAVE HIS SHOT OF HE HAD TO HAVE HIS SHOT OF BECOMING A GREAT ADMIRAL AS THEY BECOMING A GREAT ADMIRAL AS THEY ALSO HAVE DONE. ALSO HAVE DONE. THE PAST OF HIS FATHER AND THE PAST OF HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER LED MY FATHER TO THE GRANDFATHER LED MY FATHER TO THE HANOI HILTON. HANOI HILTON. THIS IS THE PUBLIC LEGEND THAT’S THIS IS THE PUBLIC LEGEND THAT’S JOHN McCAIN. JOHN McCAIN. THIS IS ALL THE BIOGRAPHY AND THIS IS ALL THE BIOGRAPHY AND CAMPAIGN LITERATURE THAT SHOWED CAMPAIGN LITERATURE THAT SHOWED HIS CHARACTER, HIS PATRIOTISM HIS CHARACTER, HIS PATRIOTISM AND ENDURANCE OF THE WORST AND ENDURANCE OF THE WORST POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES. POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS IS WHERE WE LEARN WHO JOHN THIS IS WHERE WE LEARN WHO JOHN McCAIN WAS. McCAIN WAS. ALL OF THAT IS VERY TRUE EXCEPT ALL OF THAT IS VERY TRUE EXCEPT FOR THE LAST PART. FOR THE LAST PART. TODAY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHO JOHN McCAIN REALLY WAS. WHO JOHN McCAIN REALLY WAS. HE WAS NOT IN THE HANOI HILTON. HE WAS NOT IN THE HANOI HILTON. IT WAS NOT IN A COCKPIT OF A IT WAS NOT IN A COCKPIT OF A FAST LETHAL FIGHTER JET. FAST LETHAL FIGHTER JET. IT WAS NOT ON THE HIGH SEAS OR IT WAS NOT ON THE HIGH SEAS OR THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. JOHN McCAIN WAS IN ALL OF THESE JOHN McCAIN WAS IN ALL OF THESE PLACES BUT THE BEST OF HIM WAS PLACES BUT THE BEST OF HIM WAS SOME WHERE ELSE. SOME WHERE ELSE. THE BEST OF JOHN McCAIN, THE THE BEST OF JOHN McCAIN, THE GREATEST OF HIS HIT LTITLES AND GREATEST OF HIS HIT LTITLES AND MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS ROLES WAS MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS ROLES WAS AS A FATHER. AS A FATHER. IMAGINE A WARRIOR, THE NIGHT OF IMAGINE A WARRIOR, THE NIGHT OF THE SKY GENTLY CARRYING HIS THE SKY GENTLY CARRYING HIS LITTLE GIRL TO BED AND IMAGINE LITTLE GIRL TO BED AND IMAGINE THE DASHING AVIATOR WHO TOOK HIS THE DASHING AVIATOR WHO TOOK HIS AIRCRAFT HURDLING OFF PITCHING AIRCRAFT HURDLING OFF PITCHING DEATH IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEAS, DEATH IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEAS, KISSING THE HURT WHEN I FELL AND KISSING THE HURT WHEN I FELL AND SKIN MY KNEE. SKIN MY KNEE. IMAGINE THE STATESMAN WHO IMAGINE THE STATESMAN WHO COUNSELED PRESIDENTS AND THE COUNSELED PRESIDENTS AND THE POWERFUL AND SINGING WITH HIS POWERFUL AND SINGING WITH HIS LITTLE GIRL AT OLD CREEK DURING LITTLE GIRL AT OLD CREEK DURING THE RAINSTORM. THE RAINSTORM. IMAGINE THE SENATEOR FEARS IMAGINE THE SENATEOR FEARS CONSCIOUS OF THE NATION’S BEST CONSCIOUS OF THE NATION’S BEST SELF TAKING HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SELF TAKING HIS 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OUT OF SCHOOL BECAUSE DAUGHTER OUT OF SCHOOL BECAUSE HE BELIEVED THAT I WOULD LEARN HE BELIEVED THAT I WOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICA AT THE TOWN MORE ABOUT AMERICA AT THE TOWN HALL HE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HALL HE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IMAGINE AN ELDERLY GOVERNMENT IMAGINE AN ELDERLY GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT — WITH HIS EYES GOVERNMENT — WITH HIS EYES SHINING WITH HAPPINESS AS HE SHINING WITH HAPPINESS AS HE GAVE HIS BLESSING FOR HIS GAVE HIS BLESSING FOR HIS DAUGHTER’S MARRIAGE. DAUGHTER’S MARRIAGE. YOU ALL HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT, I YOU ALL HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT, I DON’T TO BECAUSE I LIVED IT ALL. DON’T TO BECAUSE I LIVED IT ALL. I KNOW WHO HE WAS. I KNOW WHO HE WAS. I KNOW WHAT DEFINED HIM. I KNOW WHAT DEFINED HIM. I GOT TO SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY I GOT TO SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY BLESSED LIFE. OF MY BLESSED LIFE. HE WAS NOT DEFINED BY THE PRISON HE WAS NOT DEFINED BY THE PRISON OR THE NAVY OR THE SENATE OR THE OR THE NAVY OR THE SENATE OR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR BY ANY REPUBLICAN PARTY OR BY ANY SINGLE ONE OF THE DEED, OF HIS SINGLE ONE OF THE DEED, OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. JOHN McCAIN IS DEFINED BY LOVE. JOHN McCAIN IS DEFINED BY LOVE. SEVERAL OF YOU OUT THERE ACCUSED SEVERAL OF YOU OUT THERE ACCUSED OR CROSSED WORDS WITH YOU OR OR CROSSED WORDS WITH YOU OR FOUND YOURSELF ON THE RECEIVING FOUND YOURSELF ON THE RECEIVING END OF HIS FAMOUS TEMPER, DOING END OF HIS FAMOUS TEMPER, DOING YOUR BEST TO STAY STONED FACE. YOUR BEST TO STAY STONED FACE. DON’T. DON’T. YOU KNOW FULL WELL THAT IF JOHN YOU KNOW FULL WELL THAT IF JOHN McCAIN WERE IN YOUR SHOES TODAY, McCAIN WERE IN YOUR SHOES TODAY, HE WOULD LEAVE SOME SEAWALLALTY HE WOULD LEAVE SOME SEAWALLALTY HE LEARNED IN THE NAVY. HE LEARNED IN THE NAVY. HE WOULD KEEP GRINNING. HE WOULD KEEP GRINNING. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO THAT. DO THAT. ON THEIR FIRST DATE WHEN HE ON THEIR FIRST DATE WHEN HE STILL DID NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF STILL DID NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF WOMAN SHE WAS, HE RECITED A POEM WOMAN SHE WAS, HE RECITED A POEM TO HER. TO HER. THERE ARE STRANGE THINGS DONE IN THERE ARE STRANGE THINGS DONE IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN BY THE MEN WHO THE MIDNIGHT SUN BY THE MEN WHO MOILD FOR GOLD. MOILD FOR GOLD. HE HAD LEARNED IT IN HANOI. HE HAD LEARNED IT IN HANOI. A PRISONER IN THE NEXT CELL A PRISONER IN THE NEXT CELL RAPPED IT OUT IN CODE OVER AND RAPPED IT OUT IN CODE OVER AND OVER AGAIN DURING THE LONG YEARS OVER AGAIN DURING THE LONG YEARS OF CAPTIVITY. OF CAPTIVITY. MY FATHER FIGURE THAT CINDY MY FATHER FIGURE THAT CINDY WOULD SIT THROUGH THAT AND WOULD SIT THROUGH THAT AND APPRECIATE THE DARK HUMOR. APPRECIATE THE DARK HUMOR. SHE MIGHT SIT THROUGH A LIFETIME SHE MIGHT SIT THROUGH A LIFETIME WITH HIM AS WELL AND SHE DID. WITH HIM AS WELL AND SHE DID. JOHN McCAIN WAS DEFINED BY LOVE. JOHN McCAIN WAS DEFINED BY LOVE. THIS LOVE OF MY FATHER FROM MY THIS LOVE OF MY FATHER FROM MY MOTHER WAS THE MOST FIERCE AND MOTHER WAS THE MOST FIERCE AND LASTING OF THEM ALL, MOM. LASTING OF THEM ALL, MOM. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT LOVE MEANT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT LOVE MEANT TO JOHN McCAIN AND ME. TO JOHN McCAIN AND ME. HIS LOVE WAS THE LOVE OF A HIS LOVE WAS THE LOVE OF A FATHER WHO MENTORS AS MUCH AS HE FATHER WHO MENTORS AS MUCH AS HE COMFORTS. COMFORTS. HE WAS ENDLESSLY PRESENT FOR US HE WAS ENDLESSLY PRESENT FOR US AND NO, WE DID NOT ALWAYS AND NO, WE DID NOT ALWAYS UNDERSTAND IT, HE WAS ALWAYS UNDERSTAND IT, HE WAS ALWAYS TEACHING. TEACHING. HE DIDN’T EXPECT US TO BE LIKE HE DIDN’T EXPECT US TO BE LIKE HIM. HIM. HIS AMBITION FOR US WAS TO BE HIS AMBITION FOR US WAS TO BE BETTER THAN HIM. BETTER THAN HIM. ARMED WITH HIS WISDOM AND ARMED WITH HIS WISDOM AND INFORMED BY HIS EXPERIENCES LONG INFORMED BY HIS EXPERIENCES LONG BEFORE WE WERE OLD ENOUGH TO BEFORE WE WERE OLD ENOUGH TO ASSEMBLE OUR OWN. ASSEMBLE OUR OWN. AS A GIRL, I DID NOT APPRECIATE AS A GIRL, I DID NOT APPRECIATE WHAT I MOSTLY APPRECIATE NOW. WHAT I MOSTLY APPRECIATE NOW. HOW HE SUFFERED AND HOW HE BORE HOW HE SUFFERED AND HOW HE BORE IT WITH HIS STOIC SILENCE THAT IT WITH HIS STOIC SILENCE THAT WAS ONCE THE MARK OF THE WAS ONCE THE MARK OF THE AMERICAN MAN. AMERICAN MAN. I CAME TO APPRECIATE IT FIRST I CAME TO APPRECIATE IT FIRST WHEN HE DEMANDED OF ME. WHEN HE DEMANDED OF ME. I WAS A SMALL GIRL THROWN FROM A I WAS A SMALL GIRL THROWN FROM A HORSE AND CRYING FROM A BUSTED HORSE AND CRYING FROM A BUSTED COLLARBONE. COLLARBONE. MY DAD PICKED ME UP AND TOOK ME MY DAD PICKED ME UP AND TOOK ME TO THE DOCTOR AND GOT ME FIXED TO THE DOCTOR AND GOT ME FIXED UP AND HE TOOK ME BACK HOME AND UP AND HE TOOK ME BACK HOME AND MADE ME GET BACK ON THE SAME MADE ME GET BACK ON THE SAME HORSE. HORSE. I WAS FURIOUS AT HIM AS A CHILD I WAS FURIOUS AT HIM AS A CHILD BUT HOW I LOVE HIM FOR IT NOW. BUT HOW I LOVE HIM FOR IT NOW. MY FATHER KNEW PAIN AND MY FATHER KNEW PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH AN INTIMACY THAT SUFFERING WITH AN INTIMACY THAT MOST OF US ARE BLESSED AND NEVER MOST OF US ARE BLESSED AND NEVER HAVING TO ENDURE. HAVING TO ENDURE. HE WAS SHOT DOWN, HE WAS HE WAS SHOT DOWN, HE WAS CRIPPLED, HE WAS BEATEN AND CRIPPLED, HE WAS BEATEN AND STARVED AND TORTURED AND HUE STARVED AND TORTURED AND HUE HUMILIATE HUMILIATE HUMILIATED. HUMILIATED. THAT MAIN NEVER LEFT HIM. THAT MAIN NEVER LEFT HIM. YET, HE SURVIVED. YET, HE SURVIVED. YET, HE ENDURED. YET, HE ENDURED. YET, HE TRIUMPHED. YET, HE TRIUMPHED. THERE WAS THIS MAN WHO HAD BEEN THERE WAS THIS MAN WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH ALL THAT WITH A LITTLE THROUGH ALL THAT WITH A LITTLE GIRL WHO DID NOT WANT TO GET GIRL WHO DID NOT WANT TO GET BACK ON HER HORSE. BACK ON HER HORSE. HE COULD HAVE SAT ME DOWN AND HE COULD HAVE SAT ME DOWN AND TOLD ME ALL OF THAT AND MADE ME TOLD ME ALL OF THAT AND MADE ME FEEL SMALL BECAUSE MY CLAYTON FEEL SMALL BECAUSE MY CLAYTON ANDCOMPLAINT ANDCOMPLAINT WAS NOTHING NEXT TO HIS MISERY. WAS NOTHING NEXT TO HIS MISERY. MEGHAN HE SAYS, HIS QUIET VOICE MEGHAN HE SAYS, HIS QUIET VOICE THAT SPOKE WITH AUTHORITY, GET THAT SPOKE WITH AUTHORITY, GET BACK ON THE HORSE. BACK ON THE HORSE. BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I RESENTED IT. RESENTED IT. NOW THAT I AM A WOMAN, I LOOK NOW THAT I AM A WOMAN, I LOOK BACK AT THAT TIME AND SEE THE BACK AT THAT TIME AND SEE THE EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE WHEN I EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE WHEN I CLIMB BACKUP AND RODE AGAIN. CLIMB BACKUP AND RODE AGAIN. I SEE THE PRIDE AND LOVE IN HIS I SEE THE PRIDE AND LOVE IN HIS EYES AS HE SAID, NOTHING IS EYES AS HE SAID, NOTHING IS GOING TO BREAK YOU. GOING TO BREAK YOU. THE REST OF MY LIFE WHEN EVER I THE REST OF MY LIFE WHEN EVER I FALL DOWN, I GET BACKUP AND WHEN FALL DOWN, I GET BACKUP AND WHEN EVER I AM HURT, I DRIVE ON. EVER I AM HURT, I DRIVE ON. WHEN I BROUGHT LOW, I RISE. WHEN I BROUGHT LOW, I RISE. IT IS NOT BECAUSE I AM STRONG OR IT IS NOT BECAUSE I AM STRONG OR RESILIENT. RESILIENT. IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE MY FATHER, IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE MY FATHER, JOHN McCAIN, WAS. JOHN McCAIN, WAS. WHEN MY FATHER GOT SICK, I ASKED WHEN MY FATHER GOT SICK, I ASKED HIM WHAT HE WANTED ME TO DO WITH HIM WHAT HE WANTED ME TO DO WITH THIS EULOGY, HE SAID, SHOW THEM THIS EULOGY, HE SAID, SHOW THEM HOW TOUGH YOU ARE. HOW TOUGH YOU ARE. THAT’S WHAT LOVE MEANT TO JOHN THAT’S WHAT LOVE MEANT TO JOHN McCAIN. McCAIN. LOVE FOR MY FATHER ALSO MEANT LOVE FOR MY FATHER ALSO MEANT CARING FOR THE NATION AND CARING FOR THE NATION AND TRUSTED HIM. TRUSTED HIM. MY FATHER THE TRUE SON OF HIS MY FATHER THE TRUE SON OF HIS FATHER AND HIS GRANDFATHER WAS FATHER AND HIS GRANDFATHER WAS BORN INTO AN ENDURING SENSE OF BORN INTO AN ENDURING SENSE OF THE HEART ONE CHARACTER OF THE HEART ONE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN’S GREATNESS AND WAS AMERICAN’S GREATNESS AND WAS CONVINCED THE NEED TO DEFEND IT CONVINCED THE NEED TO DEFEND IT WITH FAITH. WITH FAITH. JOHN McCAIN WAS BORN IN THE OUT JOHN McCAIN WAS BORN IN THE OUT POST OF AMERICAN POWER. POST OF AMERICAN POWER. HE UNDERSTOOD AMERICA AS A HE UNDERSTOOD AMERICA AS A SECRET TRUST. SECRET TRUST. HE UNDERSTOOD OUR PUBLIC HE UNDERSTOOD OUR PUBLIC DEMANDS, RESPONSIBILITIES EVEN DEMANDS, RESPONSIBILITIES EVEN BEFORE IT DEFENDS ITS RIGHTS. BEFORE IT DEFENDS ITS RIGHTS. HE KNEW NAVIGATING THE LINE HE KNEW NAVIGATING THE LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WAS OFTEN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WAS OFTEN DIFFICULT BUT ALWAYS SYMBOL. DIFFICULT BUT ALWAYS SYMBOL. HE GRASPED THAT OUR PURPOSE AND HE GRASPED THAT OUR PURPOSE AND MEANING WAS ROUTED IN A MEANING WAS ROUTED IN A MISSIONARY RESPONSIBILITIES MISSIONARY RESPONSIBILITIES STRETCHING BACK CENTURIES. STRETCHING BACK CENTURIES. JUST AS THE FIRST AMERICAN JUST AS THE FIRST AMERICAN LOOKING UPON A NEW WORLD OF LOOKING UPON A NEW WORLD OF GRAND EXPERIENCE AND FREEDOM. GRAND EXPERIENCE AND FREEDOM. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF THE REVOLUTION. THE AMERICA OF THE REVOLUTION. FIGHTER WITH NO STOMACH FOR THE FIGHTER WITH NO STOMACH FOR THE SUMMER SOLDIER AND THE SUNSHINE SUMMER SOLDIER AND THE SUNSHINE PATRIOTS, MAKING THE WORLD A NEW PATRIOTS, MAKING THE WORLD A NEW WITH THE BELL OF LIBERTY. WITH THE BELL OF LIBERTY. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE AMERICA OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF THE FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THAT DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND SUFFERING GREATLY TO SEE IT SUFFERING GREATLY TO SEE IT THROUGH. THROUGH. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF THE BOYS WHO THE AMERICA OF THE BOYS WHO RUSHED THE COLORS OF EVERY WAR RUSHED THE COLORS OF EVERY WAR ACROSS THE THREE COUNTRY KNOWING ACROSS THE THREE COUNTRY KNOWING THAT IN THEM IS THE LIFE OF THE THAT IN THEM IS THE LIFE OF THE REPUBLIC AND THOSE BY THEIR REPUBLIC AND THOSE BY THEIR DARING AS RONALD REAGAN SAID DARING AS RONALD REAGAN SAID GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE OF BEING GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE OF BEING HUSBANDS AND FATHERS AND GRAND HUSBANDS AND FATHERS AND GRAND FAURP FAURP FATHERS AND GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE FATHERS AND GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE TO BE REVERE OLD MEN. TO BE REVERE OLD MEN. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF VIETNAM. THE AMERICA OF VIETNAM. FIGHTING THE FIGHT EVEN IN THE FIGHTING THE FIGHT EVEN IN THE MOST GRIM CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVEN MOST GRIM CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVEN IN THE MOST DISTANT AND HOSTILE IN THE MOST DISTANT AND HOSTILE CORNER OF THE WORLD AND STANDING CORNER OF THE WORLD AND STANDING AND DEFEAT THE LIFE AND LIBERTY AND DEFEAT THE LIFE AND LIBERTY OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE LAND. OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE LAND. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS GENEROUS AND BOLD AND SECURE. GENEROUS AND BOLD AND SECURE. SHE’S RESOURCEFUL. SHE’S RESOURCEFUL. SHE MEETS HER RESPONSIBILITIES. SHE MEETS HER RESPONSIBILITIES. SHE SPEAKS QUIETLY BECAUSE SHE’S SHE SPEAKS QUIETLY BECAUSE SHE’S STRONG. STRONG. AMERICA DOES NOT BOAST BECAUSE AMERICA DOES NOT BOAST BECAUSE SHE HAS NO NEED TO. SHE HAS NO NEED TO. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN HAS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN HAS NO NEED TO MADE GREAT AGAIN. NO NEED TO MADE GREAT AGAIN. AMERICA WAS ALWAYS GREAT. AMERICA WAS ALWAYS GREAT.>>THAT FAITH, THAT PROVEN>>THAT FAITH, THAT PROVEN DEVOTION, THAT ABIDING LOVE, DEVOTION, THAT ABIDING LOVE, THAT IS WHAT DROVE MY FATHER TO THAT IS WHAT DROVE MY FATHER TO THE BRINK OF THE PRESIDENCY THE BRINK OF THE PRESIDENCY ITSELF. ITSELF. LOVE DEFINED MY FATHER. LOVE DEFINED MY FATHER. AS A YOUNG MAN HE WONDERED IF AS A YOUNG MAN HE WONDERED IF HE’LL MEASURE UP. HE’LL MEASURE UP. I MISS HIM SO BADLY. I MISS HIM SO BADLY. I WANT TO TELL HIM THAT HE DID. I WANT TO TELL HIM THAT HE DID. BUT, I TAKE SMALL COMFORT IN BUT, I TAKE SMALL COMFORT IN THIS SOME WHERE IN THE GREAT THIS SOME WHERE IN THE GREAT BEYOND WHERE THE WARRIORS GO, BEYOND WHERE THE WARRIORS GO, THERE ARE TWO ADMIRALS MEETING THERE ARE TWO ADMIRALS MEETING THEIR MUCH LOVED SON. THEIR MUCH LOVED SON. THEY’RE TELLING HIM HE’S THE THEY’RE TELLING HIM HE’S THE GREATEST AMONG THEM. GREATEST AMONG THEM. DAD, I LOVE YOU. DAD, I LOVE YOU. I ALWAYS HAVE. I ALWAYS HAVE. ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I HOPE, ALL THAT I DREAM IS HOPE, ALL THAT I DREAM IS GROUNDED IN WHAT YOU TAUGHT ME. GROUNDED IN WHAT YOU TAUGHT ME. YOU LOVED ME AND YOU SHOWED ME YOU LOVED ME AND YOU SHOWED ME WHAT LOVE MUST BE. WHAT LOVE MUST BE. AN ANCIENT GREEK HISTORIANS AN ANCIENT GREEK HISTORIANS WROTE, TO HAVE YOUR GREATNESS IS WROTE, TO HAVE YOUR GREATNESS IS WOVEN INTO MY LIFE. WOVEN INTO MY LIFE. IT IS WOVEN INTO MY MOTHER’S IT IS WOVEN INTO MY MOTHER’S LIFE AND MY SISTER’S LIFE AND IT LIFE AND MY SISTER’S LIFE AND IT IS WOVEN INTO MY BROTHERS’ IS WOVEN INTO MY BROTHERS’ LIVES. LIVES. IT IS WOVEN INTO LIFE AND IT IS WOVEN INTO LIFE AND LIBERTY OF THE COUNTRY YOU LIBERTY OF THE COUNTRY YOU SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO DEFEND. SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO DEFEND. DAD, I KNOW YOU ARE NOT PERFECT, DAD, I KNOW YOU ARE NOT PERFECT, WE LIVE IN AN ERA WHERE WE WE LIVE IN AN ERA WHERE WE KNOCKED DOWN OLD AMERICAN HEROES KNOCKED DOWN OLD AMERICAN HEROES FOR ALL THEIR I AMMPERFECTIONS. FOR ALL THEIR I AMMPERFECTIONS. YOU GAVE US AN IDEA TO STRIVE YOU GAVE US AN IDEA TO STRIVE FOR. FOR. LOOK, I KNOW YOU CAN SEE THIS LOOK, I KNOW YOU CAN SEE THIS GATHERING HERE IN THIS GATHERING HERE IN THIS CATHEDRAL. CATHEDRAL. THE NATION TO SIT HERE TO THE NATION TO SIT HERE TO REMEMBER YOU. REMEMBER YOU. LIKE SO MANY OTHER HEROES, YOU LIKE SO MANY OTHER HEROES, YOU LEAVE US STRAIGHT IN THE FLAG LEAVE US STRAIGHT IN THE FLAG YOU LOVE, YOU DEFENDED US AND YOU LOVE, YOU DEFENDED US AND YOU SACRIFICED IT AND YOU HAVE YOU SACRIFICED IT AND YOU HAVE ALWAYS HONORED IT. ALWAYS HONORED IT. IT IS GOOD TO REMEMBER, WE ARE IT IS GOOD TO REMEMBER, WE ARE AMERICANS, WE DON’T PUT OUR AMERICANS, WE DON’T PUT OUR HEROES ON PEDESTALS JUST TO HEROES ON PEDESTALS JUST TO REMEMBER THEM. REMEMBER THEM. WE RAISE THEM UP BECAUSE WE WANT WE RAISE THEM UP BECAUSE WE WANT TO EMULATE THEIR VIRTUES AND TO EMULATE THEIR VIRTUES AND THIS IS HOW WE HONOR THEM AND THIS IS HOW WE HONOR THEM AND THIS IS HOW WE’LL HONOR YOU. THIS IS HOW WE’LL HONOR YOU. MY FATHER IS GONE. MY FATHER IS GONE. MY FATHER IS GONE. MY FATHER IS GONE. MY MY I KNOW HIS LIFE AND I KNOW IT I KNOW HIS LIFE AND I KNOW IT WAS GREAT BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD. WAS GREAT BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD. AS MUCH AS I HATE TO SEE HIM GO, AS MUCH AS I HATE TO SEE HIM GO, I DO KNOW HOW IT ENDED. I DO KNOW HOW IT ENDED. ON THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 25th, ON THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 25th, IN FRONT OF OAK CREEK IN ARIZONA IN FRONT OF OAK CREEK IN ARIZONA SURROUNDED BY THE FAMILY HE SURROUNDED BY THE FAMILY HE LOVED SO MUCH. LOVED SO MUCH. AN OLD MAN SHOOK OFF THE SCARS AN OLD MAN SHOOK OFF THE SCARS OF BATTLE ONE LAST TIME, ROSE A OF BATTLE ONE LAST TIME, ROSE A NEW MAN TO PILOT ONE LAST PLATE NEW MAN TO PILOT ONE LAST PLATE UP AND UP AND UP, BUSTING CLOUDS UP AND UP AND UP, BUSTING CLOUDS LEFT AND RIGHT, STRAIGHT ON LEFT AND RIGHT, STRAIGHT ON THROUGH TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN THROUGH TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND HE SLIPPED THE EARTH, PUT AND HE SLIPPED THE EARTH, PUT OUT HIS HAND AND TOUCHED THE

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