Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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John McCain, "Political Shape-Shifter," Really Hates Obama

JOHNNYThe November Vanity Fair story on John McCain-the "ruthless and self-centered survivor" and Senator from Arizona-is online. Two things that jumped out are unsurprising yet off-putting.

Last fall, during his review of his strategy for Afghanistan, Obama met with McCain and other members of Congress. It was at a moment when Dick Cheney and other Republicans were accusing Obama of dithering. McCain undertook to lecture him, saying, in the recollection of one Obama adviser who was there, "Mr. President, you're the commander in chief, and I hope you're not taking your responsibilities lightly."

Oh my. And also!

The Obama team is well aware of McCain's attitude. When the president went to Capitol Hill in May to address the Senate Republicans at their weekly lunch, McCain accused the president of misrepresenting Arizona's Draconian new immigration law (which McCain had endorsed, and which Obama's Justice Department was preparing to challenge). "You can tell he can barely fucking stand the fact that he was beaten by Barack Obama," says one senior White House aide who was present. "Throughout the whole meeting, he would not look at the president, even when he was talking to him."

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HiredGoons (#603)

It's a generational thing.

keisertroll (#1,117)

First Jon Voight, now John McCain. Sigh.

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Mr. President, I'm unMyFriendsing you."

roboloki (#1,724)

this toad doesn't like anyone, including himself.

They hate each other since Barack was new in the Senate – McCain tried to reach out to him on some bipartisan ethics legislation, felt Barack reneged on joining the legislation and then wrote a nasty letter to Barack that he also sent to the press. Barack then responded with a stinging letter he sent to the press. And they've been at it ever since.

freetzy (#7,018)

At a bipartisan White House meeting-called solely because McCain had asked the Bush administration to hold it-he sat sullen and silent, saying "I'll just listen" as Obama showed a detailed command of the situation. When he finally spoke, 43 minutes into the meeting, McCain acknowledged that he had not even read the Treasury secretary's three-page outline of a proposed bank-bailout plan.

MaryHaines (#3,666)

Remember that "health-care-reform summit" where the Republicans and the Democrats got together to "discuss" and "debate" the proposed law? McCain's combination of shamelessness and bitterness was difficult to watch. But the part where Obama shut him up was pretty great.

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