Thursday, July 3, 2008

Political Tid Bit

OK, So I don't normally post political tid bits but found this article that my mother sent me to be interesting. Enjoy reading!!! Amy

PILOT CINDY MCCAIN Maybe she can talk her husband out of supporting General Aviation userfees.This is an interesting article as not much was known about her. She was on Leno the other night and it was an interesting interview. Itturns out that she is a character as she is or has been a race cardriver and is also a pilot. She flies John around the country to hisrallies. After hearing that about her and reading this I now have a lot ofrespect for her.Election 2008: Cindy Hensley McCain has been disparaged as a trophywife, a Barbie, an heiress with fancy purses, even the Paris Hilton ofpolitics. But there's more to the picture than meets the eye.Yes, Mrs. McCain is the perfectly coifed blonde standing dutifullybehind the senator during his speeches. And yes, she wears stylishclothing 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 McCainstacks up sturdier than Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. And she'dmake a more impressive first lady.Mrs. McCain: More than meets the eye.While Obama's wife has been hating America , complaining about the warand undermining our troops serving in Afghanistan , McCain's wife hasbeen worrying about her sons who actually are fighting or planning tofight in the war on terror. One, in fact, was until a few months agodeployed in Iraq during some of the worst violence. You don't hear theMcCain's talk about it, but their 19-year-old Marine, Jimmy, ispreparing for his second tour of duty. Their 21-year-old son, Jack, ispoised to graduate from Annapolis and also could join the Marines as asecond lieutenant. The couple made the decision not to draw attention totheir sons out of respect for other families with sons and daughters inharm's way.Cindy also says she doesn't want to risk falling apart on the campaigntrail talking about Jimmy who was so young when he enlisted she had tosign consent forms for his medical tests before he could report for dutyand potentially upsetting parents of soldiers who are serving or havebeen killed.The McCain's want to make sure their boys get no special treatment. Same goes for their five other children, including a daughter theydopted from Bangladesh . During a visit to Mother Teresa's orphanagethere, Cindy noticed a dying baby. The orphanage could not provide themedical care needed to save her life. So she brought the child home toAmerica for the surgery she desperately needed. The baby is now theirhealthy, 16-year-old daughter, Bridget.Though all seven McCain children including two Sen. McCain adopted fromhis first marriage are supportive of their father, they prefer theirprivacy 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 refreshingnovelty. She seethed when she heard Michelle Obama's unpatriotic remarksthat she only recently grew proud of America . "I am very proud of mycountry," Mrs. McCain asserted.She also may be tougher than the other women in the race. While Hillarythinks she's come under sniper fire on mission trips abroad, Cindy hasactually seen violence. She witnessed a boy get blown up by a mine inKuwait during a trip with an international group that removes land minesfrom war-torn countries.Mrs. McCain also is a hands-on philanthropist. She sits on the board ofOperation Smile, which arranges for plastic surgeons to fix cleftpalates and other birth defects. She also has helped organize reliefmissions to Micronesia .During a scuba-diving vacation to the islands, Mrs. McCain took a friendto a local hospital to have a cut treated. She was shocked, andsaddened, by what she saw. "They opened the door to the OR, where thesupplies were, and there were two cats and a whole bunch of ratsclimbing out of the sterile supplies," she recalled. "They had no X-raymachine, no beds.. To me, it was devastating because it was a U.S. trustterritory." As soon as she returned home, she arranged for medicalequipment and teams of doctors to be sent to treat the island children.Michelle Obama may contribute to CARE, which fights global poverty andworks 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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