August 29, 1936.
That is the date of birth for John Sydney McCain III. To capture the flavor of that date, I found what was purported by an enterprising E-bay seller to be a copy of the cover of The Saturday Evening Post for that date:
That slogan on the car really seems to sum up the McCain campaign: “Four wheels, no brakes. We’re off!” McCain’s campaign on the Straight Talk Express has no brakes. The “maverick” is allowing his entire campaign to be run by lobbyists and he has abandoned all of his centrist views to try to win over the base (and boy is it base) of his party. The look of skepticism on the young lady’s face says it all.
On the occasion of McCain’s 72nd birthday, I took a look at the Wikipedia entry for the number 72. One interesting tidbit is that was the number of fights for Joe Lewis, who finished his career with a record of 69 wins and 3 losses. Notice that the magazine cover refers to an article where Max Schmeling explains how he beat Lewis in their first match-up. Schmeling is an interesting case. Hitler tried to use him as a propaganda tool, but he resisted giving in entirely and never got rid of his Jewish manager. Lewis wanted a rematch and got it quickly. Here’s what happened to the older white guy in this one:
A final note on Schmeling is that he went on after his boxing career to own the Coca-Cola franchise for all of Germany. Kinda like marrying into a Budweiser distributorship?
Of course, no observation of McCain’s birthday would be complete without recalling the touching scene three years ago on the tarmac in Arizona, on the day that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. It’s hard to believe that the White House still has this photo on its web site:
Barack Obama’s 72nd birthday will be August 4, 2033.
If the voters of the United States elect John McCain as president, we will be getting the equivalent of this 1936 Hudson:
Good luck with that!