Bush said in a statement Saturday: "Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended." John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. "He was a public servant in the finest tradition of our country." And to me, he was a friend whom I deeply miss, "and he and Laura Bush expressed their condolences to the McCain family.  The pinnacle of McCain's political career came in 2008, when he clinched the Republican nomination for president, only to loose Obama's amid the global financial meltdown and dragged down by Bush's low approval ratings. His contentious choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska at the time, which is believed to have contributed to the loss.
But long before then, McCain was a navy brat who had little interest in being studious.
John Sidney McCain III was born on Aug. 29, 1
While McCain followed in his family's military footsteps, he did so with his own flair: When he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958, he was ranked 894th of 899 graduates.
In a speech to midshipmen at his alma mater in October 2017, McCain joked about his abysmal academic performance.
"My superiors did not hold me in very high esteem in those days," he said. "To be honest, I was not too thrilled to be back then, and I was as relieved to graduate – fifth from the bottom of my class – as the naval academy to see me go."
After graduation, 1967. He narrowly escaped death in July of that year, while preparing for a routine bombing mission, to an explosion on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal engulfed his plane in flames, killing 134 men on board.
Only three months later, on Oct. 26, 1967, McCain's plane was shot down over North Vietnam.
That started a five-and-a-half-a-year nightmare inside a prison where Vietnamese soldiers, upon learning that McCain, were killed and McCain was knocked unconscious and taken prisoner of war what the admiral, set out to use him for propaganda purposes. They tortured and beat him, but McCain refused an early release, denying communist North Vietnam a propaganda victory, and subsequently a code of conduct that POWs must have been released in.
When the war ended in 1973, McCain
In 2008, he spoke passionately about the patriotism he maintained while imprisoned in Hanoi.
"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's," he said in accepting the Republican presidential nomination.  : "John McCain and I were members of different generations, but came from different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for those generations of Americans and immigrants have fought, marched, and sacrificed. "
John once was, or r equired to show the child of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John's best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt, "Obama said.
President Donald Trump tweeted :" My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you! "
McCain was first elected to office in 1982 when he was a resident of the US House of Representatives from Arizona.
He first ran for president in 2000, becoming the main GOP challenger to George W. Bush, who went on to win the nomination and the White House.
an interview with GQ Magazine.
"I have had the most fortunate life of anybody ever, and I have had nothing but gratitude, gratitude and joy, because I've had the most fortunate life that anybody has ever had "he said." So I spend my time in gratitude and work as hard as I can to do what I can. "