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The Reviews Are In! Foreign Press Mixed on McCain

John McCain has just wrapped up his semester abroad (OK, Congressional delegation tour of the Middle East and Europe — but Graham and Lieberman look like they could be the backpacking/hostel types — right?) The foreign press followed his every move, and the resulting clippings make for a pretty mixed bag of reviews. But if the media is any reflection of their readership, this front page fodder is fascinating.

See if you can match the statement with the country.

  1. “The rebel who dreams of the White House,” and “Sénateur Hothead.”
  2. “If Iraq is Better, It’s Because of John McCain,” “old dog,” and he “looks older than his 71 years and every bit as tired as he should be, having just dragged his campaign from the grave to achieve an improbable victory over half a dozen younger rivals for the Republican nomination," finally, “John McCain, veteran war hero: yes. But a descendant of Robert the Bruce? Baloney.'’
  3. “McCain, 71, is not a young man, which is by no means a sin, a fault, nor something that should disqualify him from serving as president of the United States," and "His answers are not of the rapid-fire variety; they are slower, more methodical.'’

To see which country said what,


  1. France.
  2. England.
  3. Jerusalem.

I find the different media perspectives wildly interesting — and telling. Are you surprised both by the apparent frankness of the coverage, and which countries seem partial to McCain?


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raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
And the American press which asked the highly relevant question, "John McCain: too old to have beer with?"
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I really thought he looked younger than 71.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Not surprising at all. I've been living in the UK for a year and a half now, and the opinion seems to jive with at least the opinions of some Brits - though by no means all of them. The French and Israeli opinions don't seem surprising either...
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