Title Envy: Commander in Chief

Losing stings.

Most folks never forget losing a high school football game, or coming close to landing a big promotion.

Some losses are harder to get over than others. Imagine being within striking distance of becoming president of the United States, only to fall short.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has not stopped wondering “what if.”

During an exchange with reporters on Sept. 11 in the Capitol, McCain called on President Barack Obama, whom he lost to in 2008, to “show leadership” by working with lawmakers on a deal that would avoid $500 billion in automatic Pentagon spending cuts over the next decade.

“That’s what presidents do,” McCain said.

“That’s why his title is commander in chief,” McCain said, adding with a wide grin: “I wish it was mine!”

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett