I’m pretty sure Obama takes this as an insult.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — one of President Obama’s most strident critics — praised the president’s speech in Arizona at a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting spree.

The Arizona senator and Obama’s 2008 opponent penned an op-ed in theWashington Post, saying Obama “comforted and inspired the country” by calling for greater civility in the nation’s political discourse.

“I disagree with many of the president’s policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country’s cause,” McCain wrote. “I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals. And I reject accusations that Americans who vigorously oppose his policies are less intelligent, compassionate or just than those who support them.”

Over the past two years, McCain has ripped Obama for his stance on nearly every policy area, making Friday’s op-ed a rare example of praise from the GOP senator for the president.

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