McCain & Bobby Brady - Macleans.ca

McCain & Bobby Brady

by

My friend Peter Canellos has a fascinating take on the possibility that John McCain, 71, could pick Bobby Jindal, 36, the son of Indian immigrants as his running mate:

“…Obama has spoken of the lingering pain and misunderstanding on both sides of the black-white divide and vowed to provide a bridge to a more hopeful future.

Jindal’s embrace of America has been less freighted. As a 4-year-old he stopped using his given name, Piyush, and took that of his favorite TV character, Bobby Brady. He is in many ways the modern equivalent of the European immigrants of the early 20th century, who often anglicized their names and became passionate believers in America as a land of opportunity.

Jindal presents this vision with fewer reservations than Obama, and could make Obama seem less patriotic in comparison…”