Much more entertaining are the voces populi on the TMZ site to which Ben links. A lady called Melissa writes:
"Glad he didn't win the Presidency but here's hoping he wins this one. I hate whiny washed up actors/musicians/dancers who think they are still relevant."
On the other hand, Assamite writes:
" I believe the term that fits is "using the song for personal gain". Which of course MacJ was doing. Since the song itself is not within public domain, the rights to the song and how it may be used belong to the artist. MacJ should just wrap his shredded linen shrouds about his stooped shoulders, shuffle back to his sarcaphogus (sic?), pull the lid closed and shut his whiney ass up!"
Speaking as a foreigner, I have to say that McCain may have been one of the best presidents America never had. I am not talking about the 2008 election. Had I been an American I would certainly have voted for Obama. But I think he would have made a much better fist of the last 8 years had he been the Republican candidate in 2000 rather than Bush. Even in this election McCain had his moments. His concession speech was full of grace and generosity.
The return date for the application is 2 Feb 2009 at 09:00. I will follow Ben's blog and other US sources and let you know what happens.