These boots are made for swapping: John McCain explains his mysterious wandering orthopedic boot

These boots are made for swapping: John McCain explains his mysterious wandering orthopedic boot
John McCain

First the back story. Sen. John McCain was treated in early November for a minor tear to his right Achilles tendon. As part of the recovery process, the aging Arizona senator was instructed to wear a “walking” boot on his right foot.

If that were the entire story, you wouldn’t be reading about it. But there’s more, as the side-by-side photos below reveal. In the picture on the left, McCain appears to be following doctors’ orders and wears the boot on his right leg. In the picture on the right, however, the boot has migrated over to his left leg.

Some McCain supporters in the media theorized that the photo on the right — of McCain, his wife, and their dog — was flipped. But as one observant Twitter user observed, there are visual clues that suggest that neither of the photos has been altered.

So what is the explanation? McCain provided that himself on Wednesday.

“Doing extra work to compensate for the boot?” What on earth does that mean? And how does the senator believe that wearing a walking boot on his non-injured leg will help the injured one? Better still, what makes him sure that swapping the boot won’t complicate his injury?

Others on social media have raised similar questions:

Yet others entertained more conspiratorial doubts:

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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