John McCain
Official portrait of John McCain (2009).jpg
44th President of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Vice President Sarah Palin
Preceded by Al Gore
United States Senator from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Barry Goldwater
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born John Sidney McCain III
August 29, 1936
Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
Political party Republican
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1958–1981
Rank US-O6 insignia Captain
Battles/wars Vietnam War (POW)
John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician and war veteran who is currently serving as the 44th President of the United States.

McCain helped bring the War in Afghanistan to a close by the end of his first term in office, however has escalated involvement in the Iraqi Civil War after revelations of Saddam Hussein's war-crimes against the Kurdish people