August 13th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
7 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.

Filed under: John McCain • Meghan McCain
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. dollorbil

    Why don't you put this article up after the book has been released. Then people can have a chance to read it and make an informed comment about it.

    August 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Filipina

    Who cares about this book,,,this is not a news.

    August 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. strict script

    Good for you, kido. Did you mention that your dad constantly tries to paint Obama as a non-American, non-patriot when in fact McCain was born in Panama (non-US State), and Obama was born in Hawaii (US State)?

    August 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Shannon, MS

    Booo, more insults to the first set of kids. Buy the book if you want to teach your kids to grow up and leave your spouse and kids. Great lesson for the kids.

    Buy the book if you want a close encounter with a loser.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Dawn D, PA

    It's a good idea. Apparently McCain realizes that adults are not buying it (figuratively and literally), so he's hawking his spin to children.

    Amazing you go through 5 years of captivity, and you can't even support your wife and kids. You didn't run out on your buddies, but you ran out on your wife and kids. It’s shameful that the real story can’t be told, but no matter. I'll vote for a real hero in November, someone one who stayed with his wife and kids.


    August 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Tracie, MS

    He's a loser, end of story.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Foreign Observer

    Can you believe the title illustration? I mean, even if you were crazy enough to _want_ the 50s back....

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    Yeah, what a joke! Um, Meghan... his first family, his ORIGINAL family- little Sidney McCain- SHE is the little girl that was left behind when your father left for Vietnam- and didn't see him for the next 5 1/2 years. SHE and her brothers were the children left behind when your father dumped his first wife. I've noticed on your blog, you act as if your half sister and step-brothers do not exist as well. But WE notice, part of the reason I will never vote for your father.

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Upon Further Review

    Is an action figure of GI John included?

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Sonya, MN

    He doesn't even know how to purchase his own book online. Is this a president for the 21st Century? I don't think so.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Sane John

    Wish McCain would write a book:
    "My life as a terrible pilot obsessed with living in my dad's shadow"
    "How to leave your first wife for a beer heiress in 7 days"
    "If you wife gets crippled get a newer model"
    "Penthouse True Confessions: My trophy wife at Sturgis"
    "Russian Empire: Nuke Em Now, or Nuke Em Later?"

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    is she from the first wife or from the lobbyist concubine?!

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

    August 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. David

    Well if I were a Democrat and all I had to choose from was an African Socialist, A lying lawyer with a scumbag husband, and Another lying lawyer who's his own scumbag.....I might complain about a child's vision of her father too!

    August 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. What!!!

    Thanks again CNN for erasing my post. I really guess you are as full as hate as most of these post are. Thanks for the bias.

    August 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. americaN for Peace


    August 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. aware

    McCain 08! He does put America first! 🙂

    The other guy hasn't a clue about anything but grinning and pay-back politics. He puts himself first always! 😦

    August 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. What if?

    Which chapter list him leaving his "damaged" first wife for a beer heiress hoping to fund the rest of his political career with her questionable overseas investments and ties to rogue nations, warlords and foreign dictators?

    Obama writes a book and he is criticized, McCain daughter writes a book that will reap more millions, no one find a problem with this.

    CNN This is not news....we already had to listen to nothings about the two from the present president in the news (what ever they names are), now yet another one and her father isn't even president.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Viet Vet

    Obama has Kids-Have Seen Them
    McCain has kids-Haven't seen them-He figures he must copy Obama

    August 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    You people are sick. You all need some help.

    August 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Dosteovsky

    Does she cover when he left his first wife?

    August 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Lady

    ----write a book???? why dosen't she go to IRAQ and be useful?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    I hope it includes John McCain and Cindy (Hensley) McCain adulterous affair and drug addiction. That way kids would know to just say no drugs and infidelity.

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions

    Vote for a presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history!

    McCain was a traitor in Vietnam!!

    His foreign policies are based on Wikipedia!!

    Ask Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft how valuable experience is!!

    Get off my lawn!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Even if John's daughter did not mention his other children in her book at first, as a father he should have made certain that they were included. He want to be the president to all Americans but can't even acknowledge all of his children?!?!?!

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. beverly

    shows you family value, mccain was married once before and have children with his first wife, that would make them meghan half brother and sisters why write a book on daddy, and not mention them. that just half the story. mccain approved this book disregarding his first set of children. what every the personal family matters are, they still carry the name mccain and should have been mention. ( AND I DIS APPROVE THIS BOOK. )

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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