McCain’s propensity for using the line of address, “My friends…” is well-documented. It seems to really bug a lot of people, but no one can quite put a finger on why.
I can’t speak for the rest of you, but I know why McCain’s oft repeated salutation gets under my skin.
When I shipped myself off to Central America to live and learn for a few months, I didn’t know much Spanish. In fact, my vocabulary was pretty much limited to hola, bueno, cerveza, and of course, amigo. I learned the Spanish word for friend so long ago that I don’t even remember where I acquired that scrap of knowledge, but it was probably Sesame Street.
While the word “amigo” is one of the first words a new Spanish speaker learns, it’s not one I’ve heard much in Spanish-speaking countries. Though, it’s apparently quite popular in Italy, if we are to believe our learned president.
In fact, the only time I actually was addressed by people as “amiga,” or “mi amiga” was when someone wanted something from me. So when I hear McCain saying “my friends” over and over again, it just makes me think of a homeless man begging for money. But McCain’s case, it’s not change he’s after, it’s the status quo. And he’s going after it by first begging for your vote.
If we were really McCain’s friends, he wouldn’t have to keep calling us that. True friends just know.