Friday, September 12, 2008

John McCain Footage in Sweden

Turns out Sweden has been harboring a secret love for John McCain all these years. Or harboring some footage of him at least.

Footage from the release of John McCain has been found in SVT’s archives. Pretty old stuff (old meaning before I was born). Shows the man limping along very noticeably. It does not show him on crutches. Which of course some people have jumped on claiming that the crutches when he met Nixon were just a show for sympathy. Of course, as is my understanding, McCain had surgery when he got back to the US to take care of some of those injuries sustained from his crash and subsequent torture. Surgery might lead to crutches being used. But that’s not nearly as sexy as a presidential candidate using crutches for sympathy in the 1970s.

Others just think it’s damn cool that the footage was found. I find myself in that group.

Follow this link to see the footage: Unik McCain-film i SVT:s arkiv

And here are a few links about the finding.
Lost McCain footage found in Sweden
Film shows McCain's release from Vietnamese prison
Unika bilder på McCain i Vietnam

I must say, it’s kind of cool that this popped out of the Swedish archives. Not exactly where you would expect to find lost footage of an American presidential candidate. It’s a small world after all isn’t it? Corny joke. I know.

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14 comments:

  1. Oh look, I found a video of McCain too!

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184113&title=john-mccain-reformed-maverick

    ...Sorry Hairy, couldn't resist.

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  2. oh boy, more Mccain stuff that doesn't have anything to do with his voting record or his presidential plans. it's all part of the Rove playbook - distract the public from the real issues by forcing the media to play this stuff. the poor swede fell right into the neo cons' hands. how does media bias look from over there? everyone is shouting for the same solution - less bias from the press - but each side is blaming the other one and Mccain is meanwhile rising in the polls because people are forgetting about the issues. off your topic for sure but your words about crutches vs. noncrutches are an ex of more distraction put on the public.

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  3. Hay Hairy,

    Thanks for the links. As both a Swedish and a USA citizen I find it troubling that PM Reinfeldt feels it OK to break diplomatic propriety to "endorse" a USA presidential candidate. It is not only improper, it is dangerous politically. What if McCain wins? It is at least stoopid.

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  4. @john - no worries.. .I love stewart actually.

    @anonymous - well out of just about any country in the world, sweden is probably one of the last you would expect to do anything that the conservatives would appreciate.

    sweden prides itself on its social democracy. a nice way of saying... we're damn near socialist.

    in fact, the current government of sweden (conservative I might add) has actually endorsed Obama... for what thats worth. so I doubt this had really anything to do with political leanings.

    and in terms of media bias, as I have written about before, sweden is very liberal, and so likes to read about liberal things. for the most part, the republicans will make it in the news when they say something stupid. otherwise obama has been dominating the headlines here. at least when trying to sensationalize things. obviously, as with most things, if you look hard enough you can find stuff.

    @ron - agreed. I was surpsied. because if mccain does win it doesnt exactly put the swedes in the best light. but what I have noticed is that many swedes see obamas win as a foregone conclusion. full disclosure... I consider myself a bit more conservative than the average person. take that for what it is worth. it will be interesting to see what happens if mccain wins.

    either way, the news coverage, and the release of this video is really interesting to me.

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  5. Hello Bloggers, it’s me M.C. Rove! Welcome to Republican Radio!

    Time for a little musical interlude.
    It’s a remake of the Louis Armstrong classic, What A Wonderful World.

    By The New Rat Pack
    John McCain, George W Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Liberman
    With music from the Fox News Spinners and the GOP Choir

    What A Wonderful Surge

    I see Hummers of green…….. red mist too
    I see em kabloom….. for me and for you
    And I think to myself…. what a wonderful surge.

    I see body bags of black….. shrouds of white
    Bright scorching days….dark sweltering nights
    And I think to myself …..what a wonderful surge.

    The colors of a folded flag…..so empty when they die
    Tears on the faces…..of the families saying bye
    I see moms wringing hands….crying what do we do?
    Theyre really sayin ……we’ll miss you

    I hear inconsolable little kids cry…… the fallen won’t see them grow
    They’ll miss their dad…..more than McCain will ever know
    And I think to myself …..what a wonderful surge

    (instrumental break)

    The colors of a folded flag…..so empty when they die
    Tears on the faces…..of the families saying bye
    I see moms wringing hands…..crying what do we do
    Theyre really sayin ……we’ll miss you

    I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
    They’ll miss their mom…..more than McCain will ever know
    And I think to myself …..what a wonderful surge
    Yes I think to myself …….what a wonderful surge.

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  6. Hello Bloggers, it’s me M.C. Rove! Welcome to Republican Radio!

    Here is another oldie, and I mean moldy oldie, because it's a biographical song about Johnny McCain!

    Johnny B. Goode!

    Deep down in Arizona close to Mexico
    Way back up in the cactuses where it never snows
    There stood an ancient mansion made of gold and wood
    Where lived a a corrupt politician named Johnny B Goode
    Who’d never learned the difference between Sunni or Shia so well
    But he could pretend to chase Osama to the gates of Hell

    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

    He used to carry his bribe money in a gunnysack
    Go sit beneath a tree and count his Keating kickbacks
    Old lobbyist on K street would see him sittin’ in the shade
    Laughing at the doubletalk and flip flops he made
    The people passed him by they would stop and say
    Oh my but that little old mummy really hates the gays

    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

    Once upon time the state of Arizona couldn’t host a superbowl
    Because it was legislated by a group of white supremacist trolls
    The bigots were led by an angry fascist who was a goose-stepping man
    A millionaire, senator who belonged to the Klu Klux Klan
    Johnny B Goode was a maverick when it came to recognizing MLK
    So the old cracker donned his klan robe and voted against a holiday

    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

    His mother told him someday you will be an old man
    And you will be the leader of a murderous criminal clan
    Many people will be blown to bits from miles around
    To see you launch the nukes and take us all down
    Maybe some day you will make mushroom clouds so bright
    Sayin’ “Johnny McCain pushed the button tonight”

    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Go! Johnny!
    Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

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  7. Movie review for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor starring John McCain

    This is John McCain’s first movie appearance since his cameo in Wedding Crashers. McCain has once again played himself this time starring as the film’s protagonist, the Mummy. It was a clever casting move by the film’s directors, as no makeup was needed to portray McCain as an ancient, desiccated, withered cadaver.

    The movie begins when McMummy falls out of his chariot and is captured by the Syrians. He spends five and a half years being tortured in a Syrian prison camp and being brainwashed into a secret Syrian supporter. When he returns to Egypt his wife who has faithfully waited for him, falls off a camel and is crippled. McMummy, becomes a politician in the Egyptian parliament and is then involved in a political scandal. He is known as one of the “Cairo Five,” a group of five Egyptian politicians who took bribes and kickbacks to reward lucrative government contracts to a wealthy businessman. McMummy is attracted to the businessman’s secretary who accidentally burns a pile of records that implicated him deeper in the scandal. He starts cheating with her, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a wealthy meade heiress. McMummy applies for a marriage license with the beer heiress even though he is still married to the woman was crippled in the camel accident. McMummy uses his war record to help people forget about his corruption issues. He styles himself a “maverick” by doing maverick things like voting against a holiday for “Mummy Luther King,” an Egyptian holy man who was murdered for preaching for peace and equality between the Egyptian races. McMummy’s conservative followers aren’t to into things like peace and equality, they love war and so does the McMummy. He does other maverick things like voting against the minimum wage 19 times and against extending healthcare benefits to veterans of foreign wars like he is.

    McMummy’s political ambitions burn for him to be Pharaoh someday but by the time he gets the opportunity he is snake bit by his political rival a former Pharaoh’s son “Bushotept.” Bushotept is a brain-damaged figurehead but his handlers maliciously slander McMummy spreading rumors of his having a Nubian baby and of being a homicidal maniac from his years in a Syrian prison. McMummy is defeated by Bushotept and he falls in line to serve the new Pharaoh. McMummy lusts for war after war with Egypt’s neighbors and he helps Bushotept gin up a war with Babylon so they can seize its rich resources. A million Babylonians are slaughtered in the war and thousands of young Egyptians are needlessly butchered in Bushotept’s invasion and occupation of the fertile crescent. McMummy is in ecstasy from all of the destruction caused by the war with Babylon. He takes credit for the carnage and urges a war with Persia. After eight years of war and economic ruin from Bushotept and his cronies it’s McMummy turn to run for pharaoh. He is now older then the dead sea scrolls and he can’t even remember how many pyramids he owns.

    When it comes time for McMummy to pick a running mate he picks Cleopatra’s religious fanatic sister Sarahpatra. Sarahpatra believes Osiris, God of the dead, wants to burn up the earth asap. She also believes Osiris is against healthcare for children and wants tax cuts for the rich. The faithful are delighted with his choice even though she cant find Babylon on a map and is one McMummy heartbeat away from being Pharaoh.

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  8. anonymous needs to get a life have WAY too much time on your hands!!

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  9. anonymous needs to get a life have WAY too much time on your hands!!


    anonymous this is anonymous. thank you for your sentiments.I have a life and I want to keep it that way.But, anonymous you may be surprised to find out that NO ONE WILL HAVE A LIFE WHEN THERMONUCLEAR WAR IS UNLEASHED BY THE SERIAL KILLER OF CANDIDATE WHO CALLS HIMSELF JOHN McCAIN.

    It's not funny it's as scary as hell. Do everything you can to stop him.

    Your fellow member of the human race.

    anonymous

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  10. umm. how many anonymouses are there? Infinite, I suppose. If we ignore them, will they go away?

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  11. Thanks for sharing these links. I appreciate it.

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  12. @anonymous x 3 - Ill be honest, had I been paying attentione to the comments I would have deleted this. Because while Im all for saying what you want, this is just a bit too much. You managed to take it over. But comments were addressed to you afterwards so lucky you.

    @anoynmous - agreed.

    @anonmous - of course! how could I have missed the simple equation John McCain = apocalypse.

    @slurb - we can only hope...

    @isle - no worries. thought it was kind of interesting and fun to see.

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  13. "Which of course some people have jumped on claiming that the crutches when he met Nixon were just a show for sympathy"
    The reporter (and conspiracy loon) Erik Eriksson = some people?

    "as is my understanding, McCain had surgery when he got back to the US to take care of some of those injuries sustained from his crash and subsequent torture"
    As it was explained in the same segment in Rapport you mean? ;)

    You make it sound like you did some really investigative journalism :P

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  14. @mattias - investigative journalism isn't really my style.

    I was actually referring to numerous blog posts (both in the US and Sweden actually) that brought up the conspiracy thing. To be honest I didn't even notice the conspiracy stuff by the reporter, his comments were only mentioned in passing in the aftonbladet article I read. and the surgery thing was just straight sarcasm. most people who know a little bit about McCain realize that stuff.

    for the most part I just thought it was cool that they found this sort of footage in Sweden.

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