The summer between college and grad school, I worked at the Department of Commerce. One day I was just coming to work and McCain and an aide were leaving the building.
"Excuse me?" I said. "Senator McCain?"
"Yes?" he said, turning around.
"You're my friend Rob's hero." His face broke into a wide smile. He stepped forward and pumped my hand. "He named his van 'the Straight Talk Express annex," I gushed.
McCain's laugh was deep and genuine.
"That's great to hear." He said. "Tell Rob I said hello. I'd write him a note, but I don't have any paper on me."
Indeed, I didn't either and neither did the aide. So a verbal "hello" was going to have to do.
Senator McCain and I said goodbye.
It's hard to believe that the gracious dude who shook my hand eight years ago has
turned into this guy.
For the record, Rob's an Obama supporter too now.