* Accolades Galore For John McCain!
I ask you- How come he wasn’t President!
Keating 5, just for starters.
John McCain’s First Wife Opens Up About Him Leaving Her to Marry Cindy: ‘It Broke My Heart’
May 29, 2018 10:49 AM
It’s been almost 40 years since Sen. John McCain left his first wife and three young children to marry Cindy Lou Hensley, a woman 18 years his junior — yet a lingering pain remains evident on the face of his oldest daughter, Sidney McCain.
“We were all shocked and heartbroken,” Sidney says as she looks down and away from the camera filming her for John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, a documentary that premiered Monday on HBO and details the extraordinary life of the Arizona Republican currently battling stage 4 brain cancer. “It caused quite a rift within the family.”
Sidney, 51, and her brothers Doug, 58, and Andy, 56, didn’t attend their father’s second wedding in 1980, although over the years they grew close to their father’s new wife, PEOPLE reported in 2008.
In the documentary, the 81-year-old McCain’s three oldest children as well as his ex-wife, Carol, 81, open up about the wounds of those difficult early years to filmmakers Peter, Teddy and George Kunhardt.
“Cindy was very young too, and you can’t help who you fall in love with,” says Sidney. “I truly believe that my dad is very much in love with Cindy, and I think she is very much in love with him, and I think there is something very beautiful about that. At the time it was really awful.”
When McCain married Carol Shepp in 1965 he adopted her sons, Doug and Andy, whom she had during her first marriage. John and Carol then had a daughter, Sidney, in the fall of 1966. A year later, McCain was captured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and held for five-and-a-half years.
Upon McCain’s return, he became a commanding officer in a Naval squadron, followed by a job as a military liaison for the Senate. “We travelled all over the world together,” former Vice President Joe Biden says in the film of those days with McCain.
Andy recalls: “As dad progressed, he was gone a lot, doing a lot of international travel, and it was putting a little stress on the marriage.”
It was during this time in 1979 that McCain met Cindy Hensley in Hawaii.
“I was a teacher of special education at the time in Arizona, and it was spring break and we were invited to a reception that was being held for a group of United States senators on their way through Hawaii to China,” Cindy, 64, recalls.
“He introduced himself to me and I just didn’t know what to expect. What I saw was this incredible human being that was a lot of fun to be around,” she continues, as viewers see a photo of a young and smiling Cindy sitting next to a brimming McCain.
Within a year of meeting Cindy, the still-married McCain, then 43, asked the 25-year-old Cindy to marry him.
“I really didn’t think he’d propose,” Cindy says. “He was older. I knew he cared very deeply for me. I did know that.”
John McCain Rest In Peace.
What I do know anyone who would select Sarah Palin as a VP running mate had to be a freaking moron.
Will the Real McCain
Please Sit Down
Posted by DuncanWaring
John Sidney McCain III entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1954. Young McCain wanted to become an admiral. He planned to be the “first son and grandson of four star admirals” to achieve such a distinction. But that was not to be. McCain III possessed none of the innate character and discipline traits that helped mold his father and grandfather into great military leaders.
His father, John S. “Junior” McCain, and grandfather, John S. McCain, Sr., were famous four-star Admirals in the U.S. Navy. His father commanded U.S. forces in Europe before becoming commander of American forces fighting in Vietnam. His grandfather commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Both men became highly influential in U.S. Navy operations.
At the Academy, aside being known as a “rowdy, raunchy, underachiever” who resented authority, Cadet McCain became infamous as a leader among his fellow midshipmen for organizing “off-Yard activities” and hard drinking parties. Robert Timberg wrote in his book, The Nightingale’s Song, that “being on liberty with John McCain was like being in a train wreck.”
McCain’s grades were “marginal.” He drew so many demerits for breaking curfew and other discipline issues that he graduated fifth from the bottom of the class of 1958. Despite his low “class standing,” and no doubt because of the influence of his family of famous Admirals, McCain was leap-frogged ahead of more qualified applicants and granted a coveted slot to be trained as a navy pilot.
Good Party Animal – Bad Pilot:
He spent the next two and a half years as a “naval aviator in training” at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, flying A-1 Skyraiders.
While a pilot trainee, McCain continued to party hard. He drove a Corvette and dated an exotic dancer named “Marie the Flame of Florida.” Timberg wrote that McCain “learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn’t love it.”
McCain Lost Five Military Aircraft
McCain, the “below par” pilot, eventually lost 5 military aircraft, the first during a training flight in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while trying to land. The Navy ignored the crash and graduated McCain in 1960.
While deployed in the Mediterranean, the hard partying McCain lost a second aircraft. Timberg described the crash: “Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral.”
Unscathed, McCain returned to Pensacola Station where he was promoted to flight instructor for Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi. The airfield at Meridian, McCain Field, was named in honor of McCain’s grandfather.
In 1964 McCain became involved with Carol Shepp, a model from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he had met at Annapolis. They were married in Philadelphia on July 3, 1965.
Flight instructor McCain lost a third aircraft while flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. Timberg wrote that McCain radioed, “I’ve got a flameout” before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain parachuted onto a beach moments before his plane slammed into a clump of trees.
The Navy dismissed the crash as “unavoidable” and assigned McCain to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in December 1966, which was patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In Spring 1967, the Forrestal was assigned to join the Operation Rolling Thunder bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
McCain lost his fourth plane on board the Forrestal on July 29, 1967 when a rocket inadvertently slammed into his bomb laden jet. McCain escaped, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors. McCain was transferred from the badly damaged Forrestal to the USS Oriskany. Shortly afterwards, on Oct. 26, 1967, he was shot down and captured by the Vietnamese.
Post-POW Years: Political Ambition and a New, Young, Rich Wife
Upon his release from North Vietnam and return to the United States in 1973, McCain reunited with his wife, Carol, who had been permanently crippled in a car accident while he was a POW.
Still yearning to become an admiral, McCain enrolled in the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. and underwent physical therapy in order to fly again. The Navy excused his permanent disabilities and reinstated him to flight status, effectively positioning him for promotion.
Timberg described McCain’s advancement: “in the fall of 1974, McCain was transferred to Jacksonville as the executive officer of Replacement Air Group 174, the long-sought flying billet at last a reality. A few months later, he assumed command of the RAG, which trained pilots and crews for carrier deployments. The assignment was controversial, some calling it favoritism, a sop to the famous son of a famous father and grandfather, since he had not first commanded a squadron, the usual career path.”
While Executive Officer and later as Squadron Commander McCain used his authority to arrange frequent flights that allowed him to carouse with subordinates and “engage in extra-marital affairs.”
This was a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice rules against adultery and fraternization with subordinates. But, as with all his other past behaviors, McCain was never penalized; instead he always got away with his transgressions.
Timberg wrote, “Off duty, usually on routine cross-country flights to Yuma and El Centro, John started carousing and running around with women. To make matters worse, some of the women with whom he was linked by rumor were subordinates . . . At the time the rumors were so widespread that, true or not, they became part of McCain’s persona, impossible not to take note of.”
In early 1977, Admiral Jim Holloway, Chief of Naval Operations promoted McCain to captain and transferred him from his command position “to Washington as the number-two man in the Navy’s Senate liaison office. McCain was promptly given total control of the office. It wasn’t long before the “fun loving and irreverent” McCain had turned the liaison office into a “late-afternoon gathering spot where senators and staffers, usually from the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, would drop in for a drink and the chance to unwind.”
In 1979, while attending a military reception in Hawaii, McCain met and fell in love with Cindy Lou Hensley, 17 years his junior, who was the daughter of James W. Hensley, a wealthy Anheuser-Busch distributor from Phoenix, Arizona. McCain filed for and obtained an uncontested divorce from his wife in Florida on April 2, 1980 and promptly married Cindy on May 17, 1980.
He resigned from the Navy in 1981 and went to work for his father-in-law in Phoenix; where he used the opportunity to make powerful and wealthy friends in Arizona including banker Charles Keating and Duke Tully, the editor-in-chief of the Arizona Republic. Keating was later convicted of fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy and Tully was disgraced for concocting a phony military record of combat in Korea and Vietnam including medals for heroism.
McCain ran for Arizona’s First Congressional District in 1982. McCain won the congressional seat. In 1987 McCain was elected to the US Senate.
To his very last breath he wanted more US troops in Iraq. He was a moron.
Jeff … Well said!
When it came to party loyalty he turned on his party on Obamacare.
This guy was a loser from cheating on his wife to killing 100+ when he caused an explosion on his jet on a ship’s deck.
That’s fake news he was on the ship but that’s it he had nothing to so with the explosion. Do your research before you speak ill of the dead.
I’d put Mr. McCain’s fidelity, character, and loyalty to his country up against the guy you all voted for President in 2016 any time.
He may have been loyal to his country but he was still an idiot.
Ask his first wife about old John’s fidelity, character and loyalty.
Guess we can ask Trumps first 2 and the current one about that also.
Anyone who would pick Sarah Palin as a running mate has no business being President of the United States. Period!,,,,
This pos shit stopped us from getting rid of Obamacare.
The man was a spoiled bullshit artist. His reckless killed 130+ men.
Great men don’t pick Sarah Palin.
His best buddy was Ted Kennedy.
Need I say more?
You delete comments that don’t agree with your point of view, Jeff? What a small, pathetic POS you are. Typical Trumpster. The only good thing is you’ll all be gone in the next 10 years or so and America can finally put its history of racial bigotry and bias behind it.
Stick to food. Although your stupid, mundane reviews are about valuable as a paper napkin.
If what you say is true, how did your comment get here?
I was just thinking the same thing.
The guy is reading Jeff Eats not the other way with Jeff Eats reading Chad.
Obviously not the sharpest pencil in the pencil case.
Paper napkins are very valuable.
You are nuts.
Jeff let’s people speak their minds.
That your post is here, tells me that you are a f@cking moron.
If McCain’s father and grandfather hadn’t been Admirals John McCain would have been thrown out of the Naval Academy and court martialed for his behavior while in service.
He was cut from the same cloth as his buddy Ted Kennedy was. A moron with phenomenal connections who covered for him.
I will hand it to McCain that he was a tough POW.
What i find interesting is all the people who voted for him for President are now saying he is a moron because he disagreed with Trump. So they would elect a moron rather than a democrat and that scares me.
We voted for him, better a moron than voting for an antisemite. Caipice!
I never heard that Obama was an anti-Semite.
Thomas: Obama turns back on Israel
By Cal Thomas Tribune Content Agency Dec 30, 2016 (0)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Sunday meeting in Jerusalem.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after then-President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”
President Obama has told Israel much the same. By instructing his U.N. ambassador not to veto a resolution condemning Israel for building so-called settlements on disputed land, the president has aided and comforted that nation’s enemies. The U.S. abstention will inevitably invite stepped-up attacks against Israelis, as well as calls for more boycotts by the European Union, whose ugly anti-Semitic past and present is well documented.
In the Middle East, symbols can be more important than substance, and this symbolic act will send a strong message to Israel’s enemies.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the resolution a “shameful ambush” and “distorted,” noting, “It states that the Jewish quarter and Western Wall (in Jerusalem) are occupied, which is absurd.” Netanyahu, who has had a tense relationship with President Obama, suggested he expects better relations between the U.S. and Israel after Donald Trump becomes president.
Netanyahu likes to cite history to show how the Jews were in the land long before Arab peoples showed up and started rewriting the past to the point that it belongs in the fiction section of bookstores.
What makes anyone think that what Israel does, or does not do, has any effect on the behavior and declared religious mandate of those dedicated to eliminating the country and killing and/or expelling every Jew from it? Did unilaterally relinquishing Gaza bring Israel closer to peace? It did not. Instead, it invited Hamas to use the region as a launching pad for terrorist attacks. It is the same with agreements between Palestinian and Israeli leaders. Israel released terrorist prisoners and got more terror. Israel gave up land and got more terror. Only the deliberately blind and deaf who refuse to believe the stated and repeated goals of Palestinian leadership and much of the Arab world (and Iran) to eliminate Israel still think that the key to peace and stability lies solely with that country.
Only the self-deluded think the establishment of a separate Palestinian state will result in peace. Such a state would most certainly be used as a base for a modern “final solution” against Israel.
What kind of state would the Palestinians establish? Their leaders have already said it would be one without Jews. Netanyahu noted that in any other scenario this would be seen as “ethnic cleansing,” but because much of the world hates Jews and is embarrassed by Israel and its prosperity, it applies a different standard to the Palestinians.
The late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin once told me that while Israel needs friends, it could never fully trust any nation for its security. The Obama administration’s refusal to veto the U.N. resolution is more proof he was right.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he will ask Congress to stop sending money to the U.N. until the resolution is repealed. His proposal is gaining support among some pro-Israel Democrats. Netanyahu has announced the termination of programs and aid to nations that voted in favor of the resolution and recalled some of his country’s ambassadors from those states.
At a time when Jews the world over are celebrating Hanukkah and the miracle of lights, Barack Obama has attempted to turn out the light on the Jewish state. Israel will survive, because it has survived worse than a U.N. resolution, but the action will only encourage her enemies, which include every nation that voted for this resolution and engaged in boycotts of Israeli products and businesses.
The prophet Isaiah wrote: “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem” (Isaiah 40:2). The Psalmist said: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). In his final insult to Israel, President Obama has spoken harshly and ensured there will be more war, not peace. The Nobel committee should demand he return his prematurely awarded Peace Prize.
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Sorry but putting America first is not iantisemitic. Israel is a county not a religion. If we did the same to Italy would you say he was anticatholic.
To answer your question Jeff, he wasn’t President because he lost the electoral vote. Oh yeah, he lost the popular vote, too. None of this, in any way, takes away from John McCain’s patriotism, service and sacrifice. In spite of what the big steaming pile of lies wrapped in skin currently occupying the White House thinks, and in stark contrast to his total lack of patriotism, service and sacrifice, John McCain is a true American hero.
The guy turned on his party when he voted with a Democrats not to repeal Obamacare.
Good riddance to the traitor.
John, Rest In Peace!
For those who care, a very flawed man just like the rest of us.
I voted for him when he ran against Obama.
McCain was lucky that both his father and grandfather were Admirals. His behavior at the Naval Academy and as an officer until he was captured were horrendous. As i said, lucky he had connections. His behavior as a husband to his first wife was shall we say, not too good. As a politician he was as crooked as can be and just got lucky when they didn’t indict him in the Keating 5 situation. His calls on Iraq were so wrong! His call on Obamacare as wrong as could be. He flipped flopped on a Wall and immigration issues.
The guy got “lucky” as he was one tough POW and he rode this toughness to the Senate and a shot at the Presidency.
A flawed man who has now passed. Everyone loves him now, but trust me, when he was alive many didnt.
My name is Jeff. I was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1991, I have lived in South Florida and have eaten in so many restaurants down here, that I now consider myself to be a food expert.
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