🇺🇸 Senator John Sidney McCain III was asked what he wants on his tombstone.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry — a Democrat and fellow Navy veteran who served in the Senate with John McCain (called him "Johnny Mac") — includes this recollection in his forthcoming memoir, "Every Day Is Extra," out Sept. 4:
1. From his last book, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" — written with his muse, aide and counselor Mark Salter, and published in May:
"I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times. … The bell tolls for me. I knew it would …"
"I hope those who mourn my passing, and those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued success is the hope of the world."
"And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”
2. From "Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir," by John McCain with Mark Salter, published in 2002, after his rollicking but ultimately disappointing run for president in 2000:
"Success, wealth, [and] celebrity, gained and kept for private interest, are small things. ... But sacrifice for a cause greater than self-interest, and you invest your life with the eminence of that cause, [and] your self-respect is assured."
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: "Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him."
During a day-in-the-life feature in 1998, McCain joked throughout the day that he needed coffee intravenously.
Senator McCain is survived by his mother, Roberta McCain, age 106, a staple on the campaign trail.
John McCain in "Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir":
"It is apparent that I'm not the most popular member of the Senate. Some detractors dismiss me as little more than a nuisance. ... I take no pride in their disapproval. But while I would like to have my colleagues' affection, I will settle for their respect."
"On the shores of a still and peaceful lake on the edge of downtown Hanoi, the inscription on a faded monument stands as a reminder of a violent event 51 years ago," Reuters reports.
In April 2000, after his losing presidential campaign, McCain apologized for not condemning the Confederate flag while campaigning in South Carolina:
"I feared that if I answered honestly, I could not win the South Carolina primary. So, I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth."
P.S. In October 2008, in the heat of his presidential campaign against Sen. Barack Obama, when a woman in Minnesota said she couldn't trust Obama because he was an "Arab," McCain replied:
Cody Keenan, speechwriter for President Obama from 2007 through now, tweets:
Senator McCain passed away nine years to the day after his friend, Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy.
Mark Salter, who collaborated with Senator McCain on seven books and served on his staff for 18 years, writes for the Washington Post:
"McCain was a romantic about his causes and a cynic about the world. He had the capacity to be both things and to live with the contradiction."
"He had seen human beings at their best and worst — often in the same experience. He understood the world as it is with all its corruption and cruelty. But he thought it a moral failure to accept injustice as the inescapable tragedy of our fallen nature."
With a police escort, a procession follows the hearse of Senator McCain along Interstate 17 from Sedona, Arizona, to Phoenix last night.
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