Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why I Want To Be President by John McCain

McCain made a minor stink in the past few months about Obama's ambition to be president. He did this most famously when he accused Obama of having certain positions based on his "ambition" to be president. That is, McCain accuses Obama of taking certain positions not out of any principled stance but instead because they will help him get elected. Never mind McCain admitted that he has done this exact same thing. (See my post on the Confederate battle flag) So is McCain implying that he himself is running for a greater cause? Is he running because he himself loves his country? Well, this is what McCain had to say about his run for president in 2000:

"I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I'd had the ambition for a long time."

By the way this comes from a book called Worth Fighting For, written by, you guessed it, John McCain. (If you want to hear him actually say the words, there's an audio book available as well) So screw patriotism and love of country? Screw changing a corrupt system or whatever else you might envision reform to be? Nope, McCain ran for president because he really, really, really, wants to be president. Hey McCain, thanks for admitting it's all about you and not about us American citizens.

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