I know what it takes to be president. In these past eight years, I've sat at the resolute desk and reviewed the daily intelligence briefings, the threat assessments, and the reports from our commanders on the front lines.
I've stood in the ruins of buildings knocked down by killers and promised the survivors I would never let them down.
I know the hard choices that fall solely to a president. John McCain's life has prepared him to make those choices. He is ready to lead this nation.
I was braced for more complaining. And there it was:
Fellow citizens, if the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain's resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will.
Um, George? A lot of people on the right are angry with you, too.
As a general thing, I don't have a problem with complaining. I'd better not, considering how much of it I do.
However, it does strike me as a little unseemly coming from the president, especially considering how hard it is to get the job, and that he chose to run for a second term.
Oh history junkies, has any other president complained about how hard it was in his public speeches?