Sunday, October 21

RIP Bomber Pilot


B-24, From Wikipedia
George McGovern passed away this weekend. Besides his notable life achievements that I will not attempt to recount here, he was the very first person I voted for in a Presidential election. As I recall, I think I was the only one in my ROTC detachment to vote for him. Later, for some of the same reasons that I've been tempted to sport a "Don't blame me, I voted for McCain" button, I actually DID have a "Don't blame me, I voted for McGovern" button during the ugly aftermath that led to Nixon resigning in disgrace.

George was one of a class that we are not likely to see again in our lifetimes. Many bicycle posts suggest "tailwinds." Tailwinds mean even more to an aviator.

4 comments:

Khal said...

What Steve said.

I cast my very first presidential vote for Sen. McGovern as well. I trust the Senator's new wings fit as well as his old ones.

Khal said...

Very nice obit here from Sen. Robert Dole.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-mcgovern-the-man-who-never-gave-up/2012/10/21/fca24da8-1b9d-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

Moopheus said...

The main difference between then and now is that then you could credibly argue that the alternative (a McGovern administration) would really have been better.

Steve A said...

Khal and Moopheus. Thanks. I also now respect Bob Dole more. One by one, they are passing quickly...

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