President Barak Obama: Eulogy of John McCain

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  1. If I was to just ignore the political backgrounds and histories leading to this one moment, I thought it was a good eulogy–I try not to speak ill of the dead, nor of those living who are honoring them. Taking the high road here, there are certain principles and virtues that all Americans can and should subscribe to, which Obama laid out generally.

    As a veteran of 27 years in the Navy, I can attest to working alongside others similarly as veterans and in the military to honor those same principles, which haven’t changed one iota in the last 200 years or so…

    I was just thinking, if I was sitting in McCain’s Senate Office, I would have relished a heated argument with him on both his history and his politics, regardless if he liked me or not, and I myself wouldn’t give a rat’s ass what he thought about me. But that’s exactly what’s missing today—no one cares about civil discourse or honesty in reporting, or in treating others or respecting important points as a critical part of any discussion—simultaneously ignoring the belligerent temperament of opposing sides.

    I would have shaken McCain’s hand, turned heel and left, while knowing he had at least listened, absorbing our respected diatribes. That’s not happening today, too many are going like little babies to their corners forgetting whom they serve. I didn’t fight in the military for this to materialize while I’m still alive.

    • I can appreciate and respect the high road. It is dignified, courteous, and overall plain simple pure human interaction without malice or emotions. But it does reach a point where it is another layer of make-up being used to lull us back into, “oh well, maybe the war was justified” mentality. So I don’t really see this as a bunch of people taking the high road. I see the game of pretend, putting on airs, and whitewashing unnecessary death. The drone king, the shock and awe captain, and the rapist do not impress me, and their actions make me cringe at how low humanity can go, when the game of pretend works well. These are not the best among us. We have to hope they are not the best among us. Exquisite pageantry though. Some respect is easier to earn than others. The people have been excessively gracious and lest we forget, these men are responsible for many many deaths of innocent people. That does not earn my respect. There was no honor in it.

  2. Hmmmmm, look at all those waterboard-able 9/11 tools in the audience, as a bonus, even sinister Kissinger dozing off in the next row.

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