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Top 10 Things You Don't Know About John McCain

Top 10 Things You Don't Know About John McCain

With all this wall-to-wall Dem coverage, what with the convention and Biden and all, I needed a little palate cleanser — a little sorbet for the conservative soul, if you will. I found this juicy list of answers to all of your McCain mysteries. Here are the top 10 things I didn't know about him — hamsters, fried turkeys, and all:

  • He's a thespian! He played the part of Scrooge in the POWs' staging of A Christmas Carol while being held in Hanoi.
  • Email or no, he stays in touch. He chats with the men he shared a cell with in Vietnam almost daily.
  • Scandalous! His parents "eloped" to Tijuana, Mexico — though McCain's grandfather accompanied them.

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  • He's a drill sergeant on vacation. He's a wall-to-wall planner. His children call it "Camp McCain."
  • I believe this is probably one of those "Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting" deals— apparently he has a stuffed dancing hamster on display in his Senate office.

To see the rest, from what's he's reading to his grandkids (!),


  • Not on the Oprah Book Club (that I know of) but his favorite book is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.
  • Penny for his thoughts — he carries a lucky penny in his pocket.
  • All in the family: McCain has seven kids. Two he adopted from his first wife's previous marriage, one born to him and his first wife, three born to him and his second wife, and the one they adopted from Mother Teresa's orphanage in Bangladesh. This surprised me: He also has four grandchildren.
  • A true extrovert, he doesn't like to be alone.
  • Not particularly healthy fare, but he likes to deep fry turkeys in peanut oil. Gobblers in Goobers. Come on. That's a good one.

What do you think? Any shockers? Any explanation for the dancing hamster?


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thelorax thelorax 8 years
I really didn't like him at first, but the more I learn about the McCains, the more I like them. He has my vote.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Its so funny how many men have a version of those dancing hamster things in their office. I have had several bosses so far that had one. I bet McCain's is the Navy version.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Thanks for clarifying, Laura. I was picturing a full scale production, with costumes and all.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I can't wait for BBQ Turkey. Sighs. You all made me hungry. Corn Bread dressing, greens, candy yams, cornish hens, sweet potato pie, homemade mac and cheese. When will November get here.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
The Christmas play thing was more they were laying in their cells reciting the lines trying to keep each other from dieing.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
McCain's a good guy. He's your ideal father figure. :)
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 8 years
haha...a post starting off about mccain quickly turns to thanksgiving dinner. that's so weird
Jillness Jillness 8 years
:drool: Can I order all of the above?
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Oh man I was just thinking about Thanksgiving/Christmas turkeys yesterday. While helping my husband organize the attic we found the turkey roaster, which only comes out then, and I've been wanting some ever since. My husband did an awesome spread complete with some butternut squash soup. I got super lucky finding a man that is a good cook. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Oh man. Between my best friend and my dad, no one else compares! I'm lucky to have some good chef's in my life :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Did someone say RIBS???!!!!! :drool: :feedme: :pilgrim:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
You gotta pace yourself kastarte!! :) My friend has a smoker...and he uses it pretty often. Pulled pork, turkey, ribs...basically anything but fish since he hates fish. Mmmmmm now I'm hungry!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, trick is, don't drink. It just fills up your tummy. My stomach is literally burning it want to eat this meal so badly.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Oooh and cranberry sauce and greenbeen casseroles and mashed sweet potatoes. Yum yum! Chirstmas/Thanksgiving has to be my favorite meal too, but I get full too fast. :( I want to eat it all!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ohhh, you're killing me. Thanksgiving/Christmas is my all time, hands down, favorite meal. With cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy. Wow, this is torture.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Last year, we had a brined turkey (Alton Brown recipe from Good Eats is amazing!), and a smoked turkey. They both were very tastey...but I have to say the smoked turkey made REALLY good Turkey Pot Pie the next day!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Here we have Greenberg smoked turkeys. It is what I have had every Christmas and Thanksgiving my whole life. The company is in my home town. oprah even featured them as one of her "favorite things" one year, now you have to put your order in for the next year when your pick up for this year! And you wait in line for like two hours. They are heaven though. They kind of ruin you for all other turkey.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I could probably eat anything if it was smoked. :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
POWs put on Christmas plays while held in captivity? Who knew? :?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I like a good smoked turkey. Fried just doesn't do it for me.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Ah! For Whom the Bell Tolls is one of my favs too!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
ohh what can I say...fried turkey, I also carry a lucky penny, and sometimes I break out is song with Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that these things make him more human. i like him a bit more and i'm a democrat. go figure! aside from his choice in Romney - i would have voted for him - but nope - now i can't do it. even if he does have a sordid past w/ his parents eloping and all. it's character building i think
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I love me a fried turkey. all the more reason to vote for him
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I love dancing hamsters! :) Seriously! I am a little surprised they had POWs performing theater when they were being held as prisoners. Learn something new everyday!
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