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.
LOL, Dog, Check it out...
Harry Reid is a nasty piece of work. I don’t think the American people realize exactly how bad, how partisan, how un-American he is. He would sell his own children to score a cheap shot against Bush. The phone number of his office is 202 224-3542.
I agree! Yesterday when I first read about this I though he might be losing it...but I was wrong..I’d read it out of context.
It’s a rare day when I agree with McCain.
Good on him.
Except when he wants to please democrats.
Scary that McCain looks good compared to the leading declared candidates.
Only old farts have a memory. That’s why we need ‘em.
Moveon.org already is planing to run a TV AD on the spot.
I actually saw Vince Vance and the Valiants perform the song “Bomb Iran” in Dallas in 1986. They have a wWeb site, I’m sure.
“Ayatollah’s got the blues, better send B-52’s!”
They posted their TV spot, but they disable the comment function. Cowards and liars.
If the choice is between Rudy and McCain, there’s no choice at all. McCain’s a no-brainer.
And he is starting to sound better.
I just wanted to question why they was built on defending a draft dodgers lying under oath but now attack a war hero.
Those are just words.
Look at what McPain has actually DONE:
1. McCain co-wrote an amnesty for illegal immigration senate bill with fellow socialist Democrat Ted Kennedy. This bill would give Amnesty to 30 million illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S.A . The bill included a chain immigration provision that would allow 30 million illegal aliens to bring all their family members into America. That will bring in an additional 200 million 3rd world immigrants and destroy the U.S.A as we know it. Democrats are in the process of making this bill even worse. This bill has to be stopped.
2. Mcain-FeinGold law took away freedom of speech In America. Hitlery will be albe to censor polital blogs using this law of McCain and Democrat FeinGold. Hillary will say that a blogger is contributing to a campaign by posting by supporting a candidate. McCain worked for over a decade with ultra leftist communist groups to write McCain-FeinGold. This law has to be repealed along with the thousands of other big government laws created by Democrats over the last century.
3. Gang of 14. Still several judges have not been confirmed to the federal bench.
4. Voted against Bush tax cuts.
5. Opposed “torture” of Gitmo Al-qaida detainees etc.
And all of sudden he is saying “conservative” things just in time for the election. How convenient.
I am well aware of Senator McCain’s record and would only vote for him if the choice was between him and Mrs. Clinton. His position on immigration makes me want to puke. But when someone does the right thing, they deserve the kudos.
Thank you for the information. I won’t call though. He will never hear the call so I am not going to waste my voice on him. I am going to stay on the pubbies.
Okay. I’m beginnning to like McInsane. Just a little.
We were singing this in 1980 behind the barracks in misawa Japan during our nuke Iran party we were having. Had 4 25 ga shit-cans full of Mo-jo to help us out. by the time we got to the bottom we were all singing pretty good too;)
If Mc Cain makes it I can force myself to vote for him. Which I will take anyday over Rudy.
Because if its Rudy... 3rd. party here I come!!
“Nobody remembers the parody song Bomb Iraq that was played everywhere at the beginning of Gulf War I?’
I do. I also remember when it first appeared in 1979, during the Act of War Iran committed against America.
I wonder if Jimmy Carter remembers.
Agree. . .and this is the first time he has said something that made me feel like I could actually vote for him! Am beginning to think; if I have to vote for a Democrat in Repub clothing; would rather have John that Rudy, for sure. . .(never thought I would say that. . .but tough choices to be made here).
Well, McCain is not my first choice, but good for him. The press gets their knickers in a twist over silly things.
Dittos to that!!! At least he didn't go into a fetal position and start apologizing.
I was at the Republican Party of Iowa Lincoln Day dinner last Sat. night. Almost all the R presidential caniddates were there. McCain gave a very good speech. Now this. I may start to like this guy.
He’s got some positions yet to change, but he’s obviously moving in the right direction.
I wonder when Jimmy Carter will get around to forgiving ‘We the People’ for firing his incompetent ass.
Its been almost three decades, and he’s apparently still upset.
Iran is a terror sponsor, and supplies weapons which are being used to kill our soldiers. The United States (possibly with help from UK and Israel) should bomb and destroy Iran’s oil & gas pipelines, refinery, oil and gas storage tanks, plus nuclear sites, and do it “yesterday”. Start with the easy ones and keep bombing for a couple of months. This would castrate Iran.
Bush could offer the Congressional Democrats a free ticket to Teheran before the bombing starts.