Was McCain a POW?

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

The megamedia seem to be catching on that McCain was a POW…cause that answer comes up again and again and again with McCain.  

But McCain is supposed to be hesitant to invoke his POW status:

So it’s hard to believe that John McCain is now in danger of exceeding his credit limit on the equivalent of an American Express black card. His campaign is cheapening his greatest strength – and making a mockery of his already dubious claim that he’s reticent to talk about his P.O.W. experience – by flashing the P.O.W. card to rebut any criticism, no matter how unrelated. The captivity is already amply displayed in posters and TV advertisements.

Yet, McCain pulls out his POW card on the Jay Leno show

After their opening segment together on the stage, Leno came back from a commercial break to ask McCain, “For $1 million, how many houses do you have?”

McCain answered by first citing his time as a POW in Vietnam.

“Could I just mention to you, Jay, that, at a moment of seriousness,” McCain began, “I spent five-and-a-half years in a prison cell. I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a kitchen table. I didn’t have a table. I didn’t have a chair. And I didn’t spend those five-and-a-half years because, not because I wanted to get a house when I got out.”

And to answer question about his houses posed by Katie Couric:



And McCain invoked when rebutting criticism about his health care plan:

McCain also uses POW status to explain his music tastes:

As Sam Stein notes in The Huffington Post: “The senator has even brought his military record into discussion of his music tastes. Explaining that his favorite song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba, he offered that his knowledge of music ‘stopped evolving when his plane intercepted a surface-to-air missile.’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ however, was produced in 1975, eight years after McCain’s plane was shot down.”

And why he was not at Woodstock:

This must be why McCain does not have an effective policy to address global warming, environmental pollution, the economy, healthcare, political corruption, civil rights, human rights, education, benefits for vets, ending Iraq war, preventing Iran war, fighting terrorists, ….because some how all roads lead back to being a POW decades ago.  

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  1. can someone move off frontpage? thanks

    • Edger on August 26, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    has all the answers…. just what the country needs in a president. :-/

  2. I wish that someone–Rachel, Keith, Tweety–anyone would  respond to the “POW, POW, POW” defense of people like Buchannan–or even face to face with McPOW himself–with a “why is it okay for Republicans to disrespect the military service of decorated war veterans like John Murtha, Max Cleland, John Kerry, Al Gore, etc–but whenever anyone dares question John McCain’s current blunders, flubs, and poor judgment–you allow him to retreat 40 years into the past to excuse everything that he’s done since that time?”

  3. whether or not McCain owns 7 houses but calls Obama, who owns one an “elitist”;  What’s it got to do with whether or not McCain exhibited “poor judgment” in accepting money from his dear friend Keating?  What’s it got to do with McCain’s poor voting record on veteran’s issues?  What’s it got to do with McCain’s 95% support of Bush’s policies?

    Etc, etc, etc…

    • Edger on August 27, 2008 at 12:08 am

  4. http://www.911forthetruth.com/

    Corporate owns both of them.

    • Edger on August 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

    McCain Owes America An Alzheimer’s Test

    While Ted Kennedy and Michelle Obama were rocking the Democratic convention in Denver, John McCain made his 13th appearance with Jay Leno to joke about his age. McCain joked, “You forgot to mention that I warned the people about the British coming,” and added, “my Social Security number is eight.”

    McCain has repeatedly tried to dismiss concerns about his age with late-night jokes. On Saturday Night Live, he quipped: “What should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly someone who is very, very, very old.”

    But McCain’s age is no joke. He will turn 72 on Friday and would be halfway to 73 if elected and sworn in on January 20. That would make him the oldest first-term President ever, two years older than Ronald Reagan.

    McCain is two years older than his father was when he died suddenly of a heart attack at 70. He is 11 years older than his grandfather was when he died of “sheer exhaustion” at age 61.

    The United States cannot afford the risk that McCain would die suddenly in the middle of an international crisis.

    Nor can we afford the risk of dementia. 22% of Americans over 70 are affected by mild cognitive impairment, while 13% of Americans over 65 have Alzheimer’s. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 83, but early signs were evident during his first term. Britain’s “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher developed dementia at age 75.

    Prescriptions can also adversely affect mental function. McCain takes Simvastatin, an arthritis drug that can cause memory lossMcCain also takes Ambien to sleep, which can cause amnesia and “fugue states” like the one that caused Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s late-night car crash. If the phone rang at 3 a.m., would McCain even wake up?

    McCain’s medical records are not available to physicians. He did not “release” them for the campaign; he only allowed hand-picked reporters to examine them quickly without making copies. And there were no results of an Alzheimer’s test, because McCain has never had one – even though he has 6 of the 10 warning signs, including his inability to remember facts like the number of homes he owns or the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    John McCain owes America a thorough test for Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment long before Election Day.

    Pow! 😉

    You can sign the petition here:

    http://www.democrats.com/mccain-owes-america-an-alzheimers-test

  5. The Manchurian Candidate. Sadly the so called press and to some extent the Democrats themselves all pay homage to this creepy version of hero. Beneath this storyline is pure neocon’s on steroids raring to go for another round of hell.

    His foreign policy advisers are insane madmen.

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