John McCain was a sailor, a straight talker and a statesman. From the day he entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1958, John's character, courage and charisma were evident. Like all of us, John had his weaknesses. But he will be rightly remembered for his candor, his valor and heroism, his self-deprecating sense of humor, his cantankerism and a greatness that had few boundaries.
John kindly wrote a foreword for one of my books along with blurbs in others. I had the good and great fortune to know him first as a Navy captain when he headed the Navy's delegation to the Senate. From time to time after he was elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate four years later, he tolerated visits to his office and my invitations to speak at various events.