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Q&A: McCain's and Obama's resumes

Republican presi-
dential candidate John McCain served in the Navy for more than 20 years.

Republican presi- dential candidate John McCain served in the Navy for more than 20 years.

McCain's military resume

How many years did John McCain serve in the Navy? What was his final rank and what were his decorations?

John McCain served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy, including more than five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp.

McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1954 to 1958 and graduated as an ensign in June 1958. During his career, he received 17 awards and decorations, including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with a combat "V" and one gold star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with a combat "V" and two gold stars, and Navy Commendation Medal.

Lt. Cmdr. McCain was shot down during a mission over Hanoi in 1967. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and held prisoner from October 1967 through March 1973. He retired from the Navy in April 1981 with the rank of captain.

Obama's civic resume

Barack Obama is often described as having once worked as a community organizer in Chicago. I'm curious as to what he did as a community organizer. What was the name of the organization?

In the late 1980s, future U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., directed the Developing Communities Project in Chicago. He worked with poor families, mobilized residents and organized black churches for improved public housing, student summer jobs and a dropout prevention program. His starting salary was just over $10,000 plus enough money to buy a used car.

DCP is a nonprofit, faith-based, grass-roots group that organizes and advocates for social change.

In 1992, he worked with Project Vote, registering nearly 150,000 black voters.

Comic strip continues

Is Lynn Johnston retiring, or are some papers simply discontinuing For Better or For Worse? If she is retiring, may we please have an address for writing her a "thank you" note? Her cartoons have been my favorite for many years.

Johnston originally announced plans to retire but changed her mind. On Sept. 1, she began retelling the story of the Pattersons from the beginning.

In "new runs" the strip will feature a mix of new and old. The cartoon is still called For Better or For Worse. The St. Petersburg Times will continue to carry the strip, said Mike Wilson, assistant managing editor of Newsfeatures. "We'll be watching the strip to see if Lynn Johnston keeps it up to the level our readers expect."

You can write to Johnston at FBorFW.com, P.O. Box 100, Corbeil, Ontario, Canada, P0H 1K0.

Q&A: McCain's and Obama's resumes 09/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:39pm]
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