Gift for McCain
Republican Sen. John McCain, campaigning for support in Iowa’s January presidential caucuses, got an inspirational early return Nov. 5 from a fellow military veteran.
In the Main Street Cafe in Allison, a man wearing an Air Force sweat shirt stood to give Mr. McCain a framed quote by Booker T. Washington: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”
Nathan Merrill, 26, said the quote was deeply meaningful to him and that he wanted Mr. McCain to have it, the Associated Press reports.
“First, I feel like I should salute you,” Mr. Merrill said as he handed Mr. McCain the framed quote.
Mr. McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1967 to 1973, read the quote aloud. He said he would place it on his desk in the U.S. Senate and in the Oval Office if he wins the presidency.
Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.