Executive Session (Clarida Nomination)

Senator Graham: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "He had wanted to be president. He was prepared to be president. But it was not his to have. And I remember above all else the speech he gave that night. John taught us how to lose. When you go throughout the world, people remember his concession speech as much as anything else. There are so many countries where you can't afford to lose because they'll kill you. And John said that night, President Obama is now my president. So he healed the nation at a time he was hurt. I learned that serving a cause greater than yourself hurts. Anybody in the military can tell you the risk you take. He couldn't put his jacket on. He couldn't comb his hair because he got hurt serving a cause greater than himself. I remember how easy it is to say and how hard it is to do, how hard it is to tell your base I think you're wrong."