He had a reputation for being a daredevil bomber pilot during World War II, which seems strange for the quintessential "peace" candidate.
I suppose that shouldn't be surprising. Almost everybody was for the defeat of Hitler, the Nazis, etc., during the "good" war.
I still wonder whether I would have voted for him for president in 1972, had I been eligible then and even had the views I have now. Nixon was too crazy to support, so I may have just stayed home or thrown my vote away on a fringe-party candidate.
I might have voted for George, considering that it was apparent early that he had no real chance of winning. A lot of what he said rang true, but the remark about crawling to Hanoi on his hands and knees to "beg for peace" was a bit much. Presidents just aren't supposed to say things like that, even if they privately think them.
Well, he had the courage of his convictions, and plenty of physical courage as well. Godspeed, George. -- MJ