Skip to comments.John McCain Tells Critics to 'Get a Life' Over His Joke About Bombing Iran
Posted on 04/20/2007 7:36:31 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
LAS VEGAS Arizona Sen. John McCain said critics complaining about his recent joke about bombing Iran should "lighten up and get a life." "Please, I was talking to some of my old veterans friends," the Republican presidential candidate told reporters Thursday, a day after he parodied the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann" at a campaign stop in South Carolina. The senator changed the song's title to "Bomb Iran."
"My response is lighten up and get a life," he said.
McCain's quip, which was circulating on the Internet, was prompted by an audience question about whether the senator believes the U.S. should send Iran "an airmail message to Tehran."
"That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran," McCain joked and broke into the melody: "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah ..."
McCain then said he agreed with President Bush's policy of protecting Israel from Iran and working to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Asked by reporters Thursday if he thought the joke was insensitive he said: "Insensitive to what? The Iranians?"
McCain, speaking at a press conference before a fundraiser at a Las Vegas casino, also responded sharply to comments made Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid said he thought the war could not be won through military force, although he said the U.S. could still pursue political, economic and diplomatic means to bring peace to Iraq. He called the Iraq war "lost" and said Bush's plan to increase troop levels "is not accomplishing anything."
McCain, a defender of the president's troop surge proposal, blasted the Nevada senator, saying his comments would hurt troop morale.
"It seems to me Sen. Reid has lost all sense of priority," he said...
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An interesting time can be had by going to YouTube and reading the comments on McCain's musical skills. It has been posted multiple times.
McCain is sounding better lately. Compared to Rudy, especailly.
I don’t know dog. His pitch was all over the place.
Good on McCain.
McCain was just upgraded in my book. He did what so many other pols ought to have done: when an apology was demanded for what was obviously an off the cuff joke, he told them to go stuff it. Good for you, Senator.
Nobody remembers the parody song “Bomb Iraq” that was played everywhere at the beginning of Gulf War I?
At least he didn’t sing, “Went to a dance, lookin’ for romance...” He stuck to the chorus.
Too bad he didn’t pull a Ronnie Reagan : “The bombing begins in 5 minutes”. Screw all this PC nonsense.
Any politician that will suffer fools doesn’t deserve the position.
I had liked George Allen, but he handled his incident very very badly.
But you know what? It may have been a little pitchy, but that was HOT, man!
McCain looks like he's gonna start letting fly.
The first time I’ve ever had any warm fuzzies for McCain.
Yes, and I think he will find it pays off in the polls. When he comes out swinging in favor of America, our job in Iraq, and our troops, his numbers will go through the ceiling. Could it be that whoever was advising him to diss all things Bush has finally gotten the boot?
Go, Johnny, go! Go!
Go Johnny, go! Go!
Go, Johnny, go! Go! Johnny B. Goode
The best part of this article.
Its old. I remember being about ten years old and hearing that joke during the hostage crisis.
“But you know what? It may have been a little pitchy, but that was HOT, man!”
LOL! So is McCain in the dog pound now?
(Good for McCain saying “piss off.” I’ve been waiting for some ‘pubbies to start doing this. If only Gonzales had done it yesterday with the words ‘Executive Privilege’ - piss off.)
I agree. As of late he gets better with each day.
For a United States Senator to stand up in a time of war and make a statement that the war is lost is one of the worst things to happen. The enemy heard the Senator and to me the Senator just told the enemy our military can’t win and just made them more vulnerable to attack.
Senator Reid has just sold out the United States of America. I think he needs to go before a national audience to apologize to our military serving and to their families who have buried enough of their loved ones. Now they will bury more becuase of his senseless statement.
I think Senator Reid just turned his back on the United States of America and he should be so ashamed of himself for what he said and the results that will happen to our military fighting men and women becuase of it.
He is a worthless, jealous, vengeful, bitter, angry little excuse for a man and each time he sees a burial of one of our military I hope he realizes he is partly responsible.
God bless America and our military. They have given so much.