Thursday, February 01, 2007
Taking a Page (& Plenty More) From 'Profiles'
Together with Mark Salter, McCain has built a franchise of best-selling books out of his reputation for personal and public integrity. They bear titles such as Faith of My Fathers, Why Courage Matters, and Character Is Destiny, and make John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage look like a mere Hallmark card. (Todd Purdum in Vanity Fair.)
At the slightest sign of direct sunlight he breaks out the baseball cap that is always kept at the ready, and slathers his face with so much sunblock that he looks like Marcel Marceau until his skin absorbs it. (Purdum). [McCain had a malignant melanoma removed from the left side of his face in 2000.]