August 13th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book

Reporters got a sneak peek at the new McCain children’s book Wednesday.
Reporters got a sneak peek at the new McCain children’s book Wednesday.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) – Reporters on board John McCain’s campaign plane Wednesday got an early look at Meghan McCain’s soon-to-be-published “picture book biography” of her father, titled: “My Dad, John McCain.”

The Simon & Schuster hardback, set to hit stores on September 2, is a brief, sentimental look at the familiar elements of McCain’s legendary biography, including his time in a Vietnamese prison and his run for the White House in 2000.

Several pages are devoted to McCain’s military background and his imprisonment in Vietnam, with relatively little attention paid to his youth (he “broke a lot of rules” in high school, the book says) and to his time in Congress.

Cindy McCain, along with Meghan's siblings Jack, Jimmy and Bridget, are described fondly in the book - but the children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned.

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen, the pictures in the book are gauzy sketches of famous McCain iconography: there’s a drawing of his cadet head shot from the Naval Academy, as well as a rendition of a still-recuperating McCain’s meeting with Richard Nixon following his return from Vietnam. McCain is also depicted sitting forlornly in his Hanoi prison cell.

The book is recommended for children between ages 5 and 10, but it contains a mild dose of the politics, including some of the McCain campaign’s over-arching themes, particularly the notion that McCain "puts his country first."

Meghan conjures one of her father’s favorite town hall tag lines on the book’s final page, writing: “I know he’ll say what he really thinks. Maybe it won’t be what people want to hear. But it will be the truth.”

New Hampshire is praised as the state that vaulted McCain to the Republican nomination; next month's Republican convention, where the Arizona senator is slated to officially receive his party's presidential nomination, is described in the past tense.

“In September 2008, the Republican Party had a big meeting, the Republican National Convention,” Meghan writes. “And on that day, my dad was officially chosen as the Republican candidate for President of the United States.”

One percent of the book’s proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides support for wounded military veterans and their families.


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. KATE

    WHY DOES CNN ALLOW MCBUSH ADDS TO PLAY WHILE IT ONLY GIVES A TEXT FOR OBAMA ADDS? JUST CURIOUS!!!!

    I SAW THE ADD ONLINE, AND I LIKED IT, THOUGH, I like to see ADDS THAT DEBUNK MCBUSH'S FACTTUALLY INCORRECT/LIE ON OBAMA TAX PLANS. AND I LIKE THE OBAMA CAMP TO HIT MCBUSH AND HIS CAMP FOR SUGGESTING SAYING OBAMA DOES NOT PUT COUNTRY FIRST. LIBERTMAN SAID YESTERDAY, MCBUSH PUTS COUNTRY FIRST WHILE OBAMA DOES NOT.

    I AM AMAZED THAT MCBUSH IS UNDERMINING OBAMA'S SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AS SOMETHING LESS BECAUSE O DID NOT SERVE IN THE MILITARY...MCBUSH, DOES THAT MEAN ALL THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COUNTRY IN THE FORM OF VOLUNTEERISM AND IN OTHER WAYS ARE WORTHY LESS......WHAT ABOUT OBAMA'S CONTRIBUTION AS A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER, AS STATE LEGISLATOR, AS COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, AS A PROFESSOR, AS USA SENATOR, AS A TAX PAYER......REALLY MCBUSH, SHAME ON YOU!

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. DR. YES

    how to produce propaganda for tots

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Tony Z- MD

    How does she know anything about him as POW? That is part of his first marriage. Stop trying to create an image that does not exist. His childhood and first marriage are part of the man. Period.

    August 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. what?

    "but the children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned"

    nice one.

    August 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. anonymous

    Well, here is another man that was married and when he spotted this raving beauty in Hawaii I believe it wash he had to get a divorce so he could be the husband to heiress beer lady. My point is It is in both sides of the political party dems and repub. They just can't seem to keep their zippers up. They must think it is the american flag being raised.

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. CT voter

    The situation with the kidnappings in mexico, please help! I haven't heard the campaigns talk about it, please please address this. I'm begging you guys if anyone take's notice please have Mr. Obama or Mr. Mccain, or any politician for that matter address it. Please!

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I bet the mother of McCain's first two children isn't mentioned either!

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Good for his child but I REALLY hope McCain will give half the proceeds from the sales to his first wife's children..This is just McCain copying Obama when he let his kids speak to the press..following again McCain..as you will always do.

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. BlameBarack

    Doesn't it seem strange that there is no mention of the "other" siblings? That is a red flag. At lease Obama is not throwing his own family under the bus. And people say McCain is a Maverick? I guess so.

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. California Gold

    Why of course the McCain book neatly omits anything that doesn't "fit" with crafting a fictional story. First wife, first children, immoral conduct, ignoring his marriage vows, signing confessions for the North Vietnamese. McCain is synonymous with fake.

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. PG

    Will she mention how he dumped his ex-wife for a young blond?

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Terry

    hillary for president

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Cindy McCain, along with Meghan's siblings Jack, Jimmy and Bridget, are described fondly in the book — but the children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned.

    ___________________

    You THINK???

    Meghan doesn't want the public to know the true John McCain. I doubt that SHE even knows the true John McCain.

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Judgement over experience

    Okay moral base, what about his first family? Or are we brushing that under the table just like his current wife's pill addiction. I wouldn't want the book even if they gave it to me.

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. CJ

    You all are idiots. Just accept the fact that the biggest celebrity Obama will not last until November when people wake up and realize he is the second coming of Lenin. Do not vote for NObama... Obamanation=Abomination.

    He is the antichrist (look at the similarities) and will ruin America

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Guess it's the old "Oedipal" thing.
    By the way, Carol does not support John. John probably supports Carol with Cindy's money. Guess Meghan learned her ethics from her parents.

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. susan

    Gee, another celebrity story.

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Beverly, NYC

    The children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned, just like her daddy, don't let facts get in the way of good story. Only one percent to charity Miss Trust Fund, I guess the math should be easy 1% of zero is still zero. Have mommy write a check an call it a day.

    August 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Susan

    How nice mom and Dad were able to pay to get her book published. It shows what a tight faily the McCains are, or did Meghan forget she has step-siblings. Oh, I forgot, McCain walked out on them for the heiress!

    August 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Did it mention anything about the 5 planes John crashed before being shot down in Viet Nam?

    August 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. dizizi31

    Daughter will always love their fathers. Shame the title isn't How I felt when daddy cheated on his x-wife while dating Mommy? or better yet, How daddy dissed his other family and gave all his love to me

    August 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. James of Connecticut

    What a sellout! How about mentioning the truth about Mccain's first marriage? EVERYONE wants to know about his first marriage and how he dumps her for someone younger. Talk about being a hypocrite! His whole campaign is full of hypocrisies. Why can't the media like CNN interview his first wife? Is she still alive? And her kids? Why can't CNN speculate what John Mccain's first marriage was really like? John Mccain is not better than Edwards right now when it comes to cheating in their marriage.

    August 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Caryn, Washington DC

    What a snooze.

    August 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. aliou FL

    MCCoward doesn't want anyone to talk about his first marriage. The wife he abandonned when she was still in a wheel chair is a secret.

    He cheated on her with many women until he married one, with lots of money, so he paid her off and off he went, leaving her to fend for hersel.

    "Cindy McCain, along with Meghan's siblings Jack, Jimmy and Bridget, are described fondly in the book — but the children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned."

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Peter

    Im not voting for McCain, but its nice to know that his daughter thinks he was a good father...

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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