I was deeply saddened this morning upon learning of the passing of our 81-year-old, United States Senator John McCain. The Honorable Senator McCain epitomized a most respectable spirit of patriotism that I wish every American patriot exemplified. Though he was on the opposite side of the aisle -- a member of the Republican party, he carried himself with the utmost dignity and respect, ran a respectable presidential race, and I will never forget the tremendous respect he showed and exercised toward former President Barack Obama, in the face of others who publicly dramatized their hatred and disdain for the first African American President of the United States in the most abhorring ways imaginable. May he rest in peace, and may his family find peace in the midst of this storm. America has lost a great patriot.