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38.9 Million Got To See Real John McCain During Speech

September 5, 2008

A staggering 38.9 million viewers – fully half a million more than saw Barack Obama’s speech – watched John McCain deliver his Republican nomination acceptance speech.

John McCain’s campaign had been rather envious of the crowds Barack Obama was getting; now – buoyed by Sarah Palin – John McCain is now not only matching but beating Barack Obama for crowd turnout.

Millions of viewers had felt a shiver go down their spines as John McCain concluded his speech by saying:

“Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes, and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, compassion and love.”

“On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn’t any worry I wouldn’t come back safe and sound. I thought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too. I liked to bend a few rules, and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure; my own pride. I didn’t think there was a cause more important than me. Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me. I was dumped in a dark cell, and left to die. I didn’t feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn’t set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. When I didn’t get better, and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence. Those men saved my life.” (more…)