Its important to note that Senator McCain apologized for his remarks. Also important to note that Obama came to McCain’s defense. Obama made a similar statement weeks ago and quickly caught himself. Today Obama stated,
“The one area I don’t think he can be questioned is his dedication to American troops…We have a duty, a sacred duty, to make sure we are honoring their sacrifice by giving them missions in which they can succeed. I’m positive that was the intent in which he meant it…It was the same intent that I had when I made my statement, John McCain and I may have disagreements. The one area that I don’t think he can be questioned is his dedication to American troops. He’s been there. He’s done that.”
I don’t agree with a lot of McCain’s stances or ideas, but I believe he is a genuinely honest and respectable politician. I also believe he is a decent and honorable man, and like stated by Obama, “The one area I don’t think he can be questioned is his dedication to American troops.”
It’s obvious he made the same ‘mistake’ that Obama did and just as evident that Obama was commendable for backing up McCain.
Personally, I think that McCain has done a lot of despicable things as a politician, but I don’t really want to get into the “honest” and “respectable” debate here because it doesn’t pertain to the topic at hand.
I agree, however, that there’s no question that McCain is dedicated to the US troops in Iraq. It’s infuriating that we force candidates to walk the line between speaking the truth and saying things that we don’t wish to hear. I’m glad that Obama backed him up in this instance.