McCain's Concession Speech

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Unspeaked, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    I meant to post this last night, but wanted to say - coming from someone who did not vote for him - John McCain's concession speech was really good.

    I can't remember the last presidential concession speech I heard where I felt the person truly meant what they said, wasn't completely bitter, felt (to some extent) that the better man had won and seemed sincere in offering his full bipartisan support.

    Heck, the '00 and '04 speeches were more attacks than concessions!

    I don't think this would have been the case had many of the other Republican frontrunners won the nomination (Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani, etc).

    Simply a nice moment for McCain.
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Maybe it showed the real Mccain instead of the puppet hes been, but it doesnt excuse the way he ran his campaign. I realize he wasnt directly in control, but at any time he could have spoken up against the lies and smears and he did not.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Speech was good, pity the idiots in the crowd booing the President-Elect every time he was mentioned.
  4. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    I agree on both counts (that it was closer to the real McCain and that it doesn't excuse some of the campaign hostility).

    Oddly enough, had he shown that demeanor throughout the campaign, instead of courting the far right, he would have probably fared a little bitter last night...
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I thought it was a good speech but it will take some time for the stench of his campaign to fade away. You don't erase the things he did on the campaign trail with a 7 minute speech.
  6. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    It was by far the best speech I have seen of a politician lately.

    This really shows that politicians are just normal people, despite any propaganda, media, or common thought of what the politicians are.

    Ron Paul, McCain, Bush, Obama, etc. are all just normal people, despite their politics.
  7. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Maybe if he had run his campaign with such sincerity, he would have more votes today. But I agree that what he said certainly seemed to be from the heart.
  8. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I liked when he said that all campaign failures were his alone. In the end, this was a man who has given so much for his country and wished to serve it in the highest capacity. It wasn't meant to be, and for that I feel sorry for him. It was refreshing for him to say that he would work hard for his new President to get America on the right track. If only one darn campaign could be run with such respect and class in its entirety as this one speech.
  9. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    An American hero, John McCain is also a gracious man, as his speech showed last night.
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I though it was a good speech. He made a point to say in no uncertain words to get together as one country and back our forth coming president. Much more than I can say for 00 and 04. I honestly though it was a much better speech than Obama's.

    I liked how he really made his point that way and had much more praise for Obama than Obama had for McCain in his speech.
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm sorry but I disagree with everyone here on this speech.

    McCain was trying to cover his *** in the new Senate with that speech. His true colors showed during the campaign.

    I don't trust him. Never have and never will.
  12. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    This was the John McCain I remembered from 2000, the one I was pulling for in the primaries. I really do hope that at some point, Obama finds a place for him in his cabinet. I think he'd make a great Secretary of Defense.

    On a less happy note, however, I was very concerned about the left side of his face. Some shots showed it drooping more than the other side and I was really worried about him and what news we'd get this morning.

  13. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I agree, McCain made a very powerful point to all Americans yesterday: back up your president, no matter what! You don't have to agree with him, but part of why Rome fell was because citizens backed up particular leaders they liked instead of the Emperor. Even during Bush's questionable presidency, I still backed him up. The Republicans should do the same. If McCain won, the Democrats should have done the same for McCain. Countries and nations run better when they have a common leader you can support.
  14. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    I'm very glad McCain decided to be constructive in his concession speech. It was quite disrespectful to McCain, though, those who were yelling out in disagreement.
  15. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I thought that McCain's speech was very eloquent and appropriate, something that many watching with me disagreed with.

    Politics aside, McCain did a lot of things that were morally right even when they were not politically advantageous. I think when the dust settles we will learn about the true stresses between McCain and the neo-con core of the party.
  16. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    He was visibly annoyed when people were booing Barack Obama. I don't know how anyone could have found fault with that speech. I felt it was extremely genuine.
  17. JG271 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    He needed to make a speech like that. Tensions were too high and it is important to rally behind your president. It seems like this was the respectful McCain of 2000, beaten by a dirty Bush campaign.

    I found this clip showing McCain supporters complaining that his campaign wasn't "down and dirty" enough like Obama's campaign. I wonder how detached from reality these people are!
  18. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Probably about as far detached as the three interviewees I heard on NPR yesterday morning.

    The first was concerned about who he'd appoint since all his acquaintances want to "blow stuff up."

    The second was worried he'd turn the U.S.A. into a Godless Socialist country.

    And the third could only say it was a "God damn shame!"

    Why is it than whenever there is some event where interviewing participants/victims is done by the media, the seem to seek out some of the least eloquent and most idiotic sounding people to have their voices heard. It's hard to believe that they couldn't find at least one person at whatever event they were at, who could string together a legitimate reason for being disappointed in McCain's loss.
  19. és: macrumors 6502a



    It was a good speech. I'm not sure who the writter was, but they should be proud.

    McCain can be patted on the back for being able to read it out. Well done.
  20. jplan2008 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    I thought the speech was great, and maybe even sincere, but that doesn't change the terrible things his campaign and his party did and said. He apologized later for the confederate flag business during 2000, but he then did much, much worse during this campaign. He can't continue to get passes just because he later apologizes, or he later gives a moving speech. I don't trust him either.

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