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Old 11-05-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default John McCain's Concession Speech...

I've seen some abysmal behaviour from a lot of people on this board during this election, but probably the most deplorable displays were the sullying and tarnishing of John McCain, dragging a good man through the mud to score points politically. It showed a level of ignorance that will take awhile for me to forget, although not as long to forgive because politics truly brings out the ugliest side of people.

Think you know John McCain? Read his concession speech. To those who voted for him in good faith knowing he's a true patriot this is not going to be news. Even if you don't agree with everything he stands for, the man is a true public servant who loves his country deeply and genuinely places doing what he thinks is best for it as his highest order of business. This transcends politics and is the real reason he's able to reach across the aisle to accomplish what he believes is right, regardless of what his parties position might be. If you didn't vote for him, for whatever reason, fine and that's your right, but if you were part of the political lynching of a good man that took place on these forums, this speech is for you. THIS is the real John McCain. It has been my honor to defend and support my candidate on these boards for the last two years.



Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.
My friends, we have -- we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.
A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him.
To congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.
In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.
This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.
I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too.
But we both recognize that, though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.
A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.
America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States.
Let there be no reason now ... Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.
Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer him my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day. Though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.
Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain.
These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans ... I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.


Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.
It is natural. It's natural, tonight, to feel some disappointment. But tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again.
We fought -- we fought as hard as we could. And though we feel short, the failure is mine, not yours.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends.

The road was a difficult one from the outset, but your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.
I'm especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother ... my dear mother and all my family, and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign.
I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.
You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate's family than on the candidate, and that's been true in this campaign.
All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.
I am also -- I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I've ever seen ... one of the best campaigners I have ever seen, and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength ... her husband Todd and their five beautiful children ... for their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign.
We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.
To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly, month after month, in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.
I don't know -- I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I'll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I'm sure I made my share of them. But I won't spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.
This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life, and my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.

I would not -- I would not be an American worthy of the name should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century.
Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone, and I thank the people of Arizona for it.

Tonight -- tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama -- whether they supported me or Senator Obama.
I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president. And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.
Americans never quit. We never surrender.
We never hide from history. We make history.
Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:30 AM   #2
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A very poignant and honorable concession speech. Although I voted for McCain, I throw my support behind Obama and hope he can navigate the major issues facing the country. Let's hope all the talk of change leads us in the right direction and not the wrong one.
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And that's why he had my vote!
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:58 AM   #4
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I thought McCain's speech was a perfect measure of the man he is - very honorable. I know that 99 percent of my time on this locker room forum has been spent defending Obama, not denigrating McCain.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:09 AM   #5
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McCain is a great American and it is a tremendous loss for our country to not have him as POTUS.

As far as despicable campaign tactics are concerned, the slanderous drumbeat against Palin was worse in this campaign, and what W did to McCain in 2000 is far worse than anything that was done this year.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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A very poignant and honorable concession speech. Although I voted for McCain, I throw my support behind Obama and hope he can navigate the major issues facing the country. Let's hope all the talk of change leads us in the right direction and not the wrong one.
As I was telling Steelduck....I have already talked to my kids about giving Obama the respect deserving a person who is the President of theUnited States...I may not agree with his policies but while he is President I will not, nor will my family put their own interests above that of this country...Thats not what I served for as a member of the military...

To undermind the President...or to undermind the Military goes against everything that I believe in...

....I have actually got to know alot of the people on the other side of the aisle during this debate and appreciate the honest answers from people who where willing to debate instead of throw crap ..just to see what would stick.

I hope the country can come together now and everyone can be "grown-ups" (though I have little hope for a few)...and we can all get back to being a family in this forum again!!!
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Yeah, it was a great heartfelt speech. The greatest concession speech in the history of politics.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #8
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I do agree that McCain loves his country and would be willing to do anything in order to help his country. He's no doubt a true patriot. I agreed with pretty much all of what he wanted to accomplish, but I just didn't agree with the ways by which he planned to accomplish these things. That's why I voted for Obama.

But best of luck to McCain in the future...had he been elected instead, he would have had my full support.
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LLT - You have my sincere respect (whatever that's worth) for your amazing post.
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It was a great Concession speach!
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