John McCain Made Fun of Nigerian President’s Name

mccainJohn McCain, a United States Senator from Arizona and one-time Republican presidential candidate, has a history of screwing up people’s names. His now famous gaf during a presidential debate is a good example of his proclivity to call people something other than their actual moniker. But he may have (finally) overstepped the boundary of name-calling with his latest comments regarding Nigeria. As the largest country in Africa is facing a harrowing crisis caused by the terrorist group Boko Haram, some in the United States are calling for direct military action, including the venerable senator and war hero. But John McCain expressed his views in one of the worst ways possible and actually made fun of the Nigerian president’s name.

It should be noted that the United States senator has a problem with names. During one presidential debate in 2008, he referred to Obama as “that one,” prompting an incredulous email from then Obama press secretary Bill Burton. The comment was labelled as “odd” by commentators, but generally ignored as anything other than a campaign problem. The then Republican candidate even made fun of it at a dinner hosted by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation. Nevertheless, he is starting to show a disturbing trend of messing up when it comes to the names of presidents.

This latest issue cannot be passed off as “odd,” however. Instead, it has become a serious public relations problem for the United States and might actually need an apology instead of a comedy routine. In an interview with The Daily Beast, McCain called Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan “some guy” and stated that he would not allow him to stand in the way of american intervention in the kidnapping situation created by Boko Haram. Unlike 2008, he did not just miscall a politician. Instead, John McCain directly made fun of the Nigerian president with whom the United States will have to work amicably in order to rescue the over 200 abducted girls.

This kind of incident is enough to make some people thankful that he is not the American president at this time, not just because of the bad press, but because of John McCain’s view on the entire situation. While the “some guy” comment has received most of the headlines, his interview revealed a serious misunderstanding of government sovereignty and the role of the United States in the world. According to John McCain, the United States can just waltz into any country it wants in order to take a military action. In his view, American has become weak under Obama’s leadership by not living up to its commitments, most of which he seems to believe involve the military.

John McCain has an interesting view of solidarity with oppressed peoples. His “We are all Georgians” remark definitively expressed his connection with people who experience injustice, but his idea of helping is to engage in military action. He has been critical of President Obama, especially after there was no attack on Syria after the supposed crossing of the line on that situation. While the Arizona Senator’s belief that America should stand up for the rights of human beings everywhere, his martial focus on military action is at odds with the opinion of many Americans who do not want their country engaged in another war.

John McCain is not the American president, which might be a good thing as far as Nigeria is concerned. Issues of the sovereignty of nations are crucial when it comes to international relations and the senator seems to ignore them as much as he ignores good manners. While the kidnapping of these 200 Nigerian girls is a serious problem, violating international law is not a good way to go about fixing it. Neither is making fun of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s name, which John McCain seems comfortable abbreviating to “some guy.”

Opinion By Lydia Bradbury
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10 Responses to "John McCain Made Fun of Nigerian President’s Name"

  1. Joe   December 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    People should be more concerned about the lives of the abducted girls and Nigerians rather than according a non-performing and clueless president respect when he can’t defend the oat of office he swore to.

  2. Onochie Charles   May 17, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Senator Mc Cain is no longer functioning well. So let us not waste our precious time, trying to make him look relevant, because of his senseless comment or if I may call it insut to the very person of Nigerian president- the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the most populous African state nd black nation too. He is just suffering from frustration, because people like him who has no respect for legitimate leaders can never be given the opportunity to be leaders of their own state. He is a political mistake to the American people and the world at large.

  3. Sylvester Okere   May 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Africans, never vote a Republican. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing (stealing from Africa yet snubbing and despising Africa). Remember: Michele Bachmann made irritating comments about Obama’s nephews on healthcare during Presidential debate, Sarah Palin referred Africa as country, Ted Cruz disdained and stereotyped Nigerians and John McCain is another high ranking bigot as Donald Sterling.

  4. Wi Az   May 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

    John McCain is a sick man, that is no longer mentally competent to hold public office. The leadership if th GOP should demand his resignation at once. Before he takes the whole party if not the country down with his hatred bitterness

  5. kenny   May 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    It’s not his fault. It’s the rain that pulls down a wall that makes it an easy climb for a goat. May God rescue the Nigerian Nation.

  6. Emma   May 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Tell McCsin that President Goodluck Jonathan is not his mate

  7. harriman isa Oyofo   May 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

    It’s not his fault, he doesn’t know any better. What would you expect from one who’s permanently damaged from always visualising he’s in some warfront? Pity the guy.

  8. king   May 15, 2014 at 4:51 am

    when someone like john mccain lacks respect for leaders they just blab without deep thinking

  9. Liti   May 15, 2014 at 4:27 am

    With due respect to all Americans; JMC was a PoW, hence psychologically he still needs help. What a war monger?

  10. Uweh   May 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

    No wonder this failed tomwin the American presidency. A very tactless man, I must submit

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