Fred Thompson said, “Being a POW doesn’t qualify anyone to be president, but it does reveal character.”
Machine Gun Kelly served 19 years in prison. That would say something about his character too?
Like McCain he was born to a wealthy family
George Kelly Barnes was born to a wealthy family living in Memphis, Tennessee, his father was a well-to-do insurance executive. Kelly’s early years as a child were essentially uneventful and his family raised him in a traditional household.
Like McCain he was a lousy student and got a lot of demerits.
His first sign of trouble began when he enrolled into Mississippi State University (MSU) to study agriculture in 1917. From the beginning, Kelly was considered a poor student, having been awarded his highest grade (a “C plus”) for good physical hygiene. He was constantly in trouble with the faculty and spent much of his academic career attempting to work off the demerits he had earned. He soon flunked out of MSU.
McCain did not flunk out of the USNA because he had a father and grandfather that were admirals.