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« on: July 03, 2008, 10:46:29 PM »

I love reading this thread, but I'm getting whiplash trying to keep up with all the topics! 

Anyway, I thought I'd start one where anything remotely related to politics and the election would be "on topic"! 

Here's my starting contribution on Cindy McCain:

Which First Lady Would You Prefer?
  This is an interesting article as not much was known about Mrs. McCain. She
 was on Leno the other night and it was an interesting interview. It turns
 out that she is a character as she is or has been a race car driver and is
 also a pilot. She flies John around the country to his rallies. After
 hearing that about her and reading this I now have a lot of respect for her.

 Election 2008:
 Cindy Hensley McCain has been disparaged as a trophy wife, Barbie, an
 heiress with fancy purses, even the Paris Hilton of politics. But there's
 more to the picture than meets the eye.
 Yes, Mrs. McCain is the perfectly coifed blonde standing dutifully behind
 the senator during his speeches. And yes, she wears stylish clothing and
 carries a Prada purse. And it's true she doesn't say much. But feminist
 critics who write her off as a "stand-by-your-man" shrinking violet are
 selling her short. In many ways, Cindy McCain stacks up sturdier than
 Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. And she'd make a more impressive first
 Mrs McCain:
 More than meets the eye. While Obama's wife has been hating America,
 complaining about the war and undermining our troops serving in Afghanistan,
 McCain's wife has been worrying about her sons who actually are fighting or
 planning to fight in the war on terror. One, in fact, was until a few months
 ago deployed in Iraq during some of the worst violence.
 You don't hear the McCains talk about it, but their 19-year-old Marine,
 Jimmy, is preparing for his second tour of duty. Their 21-year-old son,
 Jack, is poised to graduate from Annapolis and also could join the Marines
 as a second lieutenant. The couple made the decision not to draw attention
 to their sons out of respect for other families with sons and daughters in
 harm's way.
 Cindy also says she doesn't want to risk falling apart on the campaign trail
 talking about Jimmy who was so young when he enlisted she had to sign
 consent forms for his medical tests before he could report for duty and
 potentially upsetting parents of soldiers who are serving or have been
 The McCains want to make sure their boys get no special treatment. Same goes
 for their five other children, including a daughter they adopted from
 Bangladesh. During a visit to Mother Teresa's orphanage there, Cindy noticed
 a dying baby. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to
 save her life. So she brought the child home to America for the surgery she
 desperately needed. The baby is now their healthy, 16-year-old daughter,
 Though all seven McCain children including two Sen. McCain adopted from his
 first marriage are supportive of their father, they prefer their privacy to
 the glare of the campaign trail. Another daughter, Meghan, 23, helps him
 behind the scenes. Cindy McCain not only cherishes her children, but also
 her country, which in an election year filled with America-bashing, is a
 refreshing novelty. She seethed when she heard Michelle Obama's unpatriotic
 remarks that she only recently grew proud of America. "I am very proud of my
 country," Mrs. McCain asserted. She also may be tougher than the other women
 in the race. While Hillary thinks she's come under sniper fire on mission
 trips abroad, Cindy has actually seen violence. She witnessed a boy get
 blown up by a mine in Kuwait during a trip with an international group that
 removes land mines from war-torn countries.
 Mrs. McCain also is a hands-on philanthropist. She sits on the board of
 Operation Smile, which arranges for plastic surgeons to fix cleft palates
 and other birth defects. She also has helped organize relief missions to
 During a scuba-diving vacation to the islands, Mrs. McCain took a friend to
 a local hospital to have a cut treated. She was shocked, and saddened, by
 what she saw.
 "They opened the door to the OR, where the supplies were, and there were two
 cats and a whole bunch of rats climbing out of the sterile supplies," she
 recalled. "They had no X-ray machine, no beds. To me, it was devastating
 because it was a U.S. trust territory."
 As soon as she returned home, she arranged for medical equipment and teams
 of doctors to be sent to treat the island children.
 Michelle Obama may contribute to CARE, which fights global poverty and works
 to empower poor women. Cindy sits on its board.
 While the Democrat women talk about helping the poor and needy, Cindy McCain
 actually rolls up her sleeves and does it. Who's the out-of-touch elitist?
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