May 22nd, 2009
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Lives of McCain, Obama to overlap at Naval commencement

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama will deliver a commencement address with multiple McCains in the audience. "](CNN) - When President Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, he will have a former presidential candidate and proud parent of one of the graduates in attendance.

John Sidney McCain IV, more commonly known as "Jack," will become the fourth McCain to graduate from the Annapolis, Maryland, service academy and the fourth with the same name.

About mid-day at the academy's commissioning and graduation ceremony, McCain will receive a Bachelor of Science degree, take the oath of office and be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy 103 years after his great-grandfather did the same.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. John in Ohio

    Guess we can look forward to his political career in a couple decades.

    May 22, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |

    For those that bash McCain as a Republican his service record and that of his entire family should garner great respect. Thank you McCain family for all you do for this country.

    May 22, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. John

    What would really be funny is if McCain unplugged the teleprompter, that would be the highlight of the evening.

    May 22, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Not my president

    Unlike Barry who said during the campaign he "thought about military service" but NEVER thought to put that in one of his books, John McCain and his family have walked the talk.

    There is no "overlap" between these two, McCain is decent to a political fault, Obama is a "typical" lying politician who is being exposed for the fraud and novice that he really is.

    Experiment failed, one and done Barry.

    May 22, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Nobody Likes a Sore Loser

    Congratulations to the McCain family on what must be a proud day.

    May 22, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. ronvan

    Whatever you think about McCain, I do not like him, however, this is a nice story. 103yrs. of family history is impressive.

    May 22, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. The Weatherman

    Consistency is a family trait. It is amazing to have Obama give the commencement instead of the 3rd McCain. The 3rd McCain would not have waivered with EIT or abuse photos at the expense of service members lives.

    May 22, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. WILLY

    Go Barack......John McSame is very proud of you!

    May 22, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Karl

    The fact that McCain's family devoted 103 years to US Naval service in itself is outstanding. I am proud of that family's military service and can't express my appreciate.

    May 22, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. S Callahan

    Congrats to John IV...having a long line of 'Navy' men in my family..this is the gold bar. Your Dad should be real proud.

    May 22, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Wyatt

    One American hero and one illegitimate Kenyan born president. One family line of service to country and one of questionable origin. How fitting. Where's the birth certificate?

    May 22, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. RSaundersPA

    This is not a time to disparage the political stands of either President Obama or Senator McCain. This is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of young Ens McCain and all of his classmates. They are the future of America. Congratulations to the Class of 2009.

    May 22, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. elliott

    Hey, maybe they'll get in a fist fight........Johnny Mac would win easily...

    May 22, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. darlington

    john McCain is a leader every one in the world realy love, i belive the son will follow the fathers foot-step. President Obama and McCain are wonderful people. i love them both. darlo

    May 22, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. dominican mama 4 Obama

    McCain will be sitting in the audience having an ill-concealed apoplectic fit; his wife will consume/steal more meds than her usual daily dosage; the only cool one there will be his daughter Meghan; and she'll be trying to get Obama's autograph! All in all NOT a banner day for Senator John McShame.

    May 22, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Tri wang

    Thats a feel good story . Good Luck Grads !

    May 22, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. RR

    I hope people don't use this proud moment for the McCain family and America for partisan attacks.

    Congrats to the McCain family and their honorable children.

    May 22, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. walleye

    Though I never fully agreeed with all of Senator McCains policys, he and his family should be proud of their long tradition of service to our country.

    May 22, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Deb n Texas

    McCain doesn't deserve to be on the same stage with Obama. McCain sunk to dirty politics in the campaign to win which is why he was such a big loser – an anything goes campaign. McCain needs to go home and sit in his easy chair - I hope he loses the next time he runs for senator.

    May 22, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Claudia in Houson

    Did he graduate at the bottom of the class like his father?

    May 22, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Franky

    Now that's cool.

    May 22, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. floridian

    Congratulations to both the son and the father on this accomplishment. May our Presidents' policies and actions keep the son from never having to endure what the father had to endure in serving his country. Added - congratulations to all of our service academy graduates from one who did likewise. RTB...

    May 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. seebofubar

    Obama doesn't have the right to be in the same town as McCain, a true american hero.

    May 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Gary

    McCain puts his money where his mouth is....He may not be as eloquent and President Obama but he and his family have proven dedicated service to our nation for many generations. We probably should have looked past all of the hype and elected McCain as president. As a moderate (some say liberal) Republican he would have been better able to find the compromises needed to get the economy and the war on terror back on track.

    May 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. J.P.

    As we used to say when saluting superiors we didn't respect, "To the rank."
    Or in this case, "To the office."

    May 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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