Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2008]
Getting to know Cindy McCain
There was an article recently in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John's wife. All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside John. I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems she is. This is a summary of the article. She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher.
After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman. Sales have doubled since she has taken over from her father.
They have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain separate.
She is involved around the world clearing land mines - travels to these countries on a detonation team and service on their board.
They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq, another son in the Naval Academy, a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ., an adopted daughter in high school, and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm.
Raised kids in Phoenix, Az rather than Washington DC. (better atmosphere) He commuted.
In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh. Mother Teresa implored
They have a Family Foundation for children's causes.
She's active with "Halo Trust" - to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries.
She will join an overseas mission of "Operation Smile", a charity for corrective surgery on children's faces. She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers. She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process.
I'm surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes. They have tired to discredit John MCCain because of his wife's wealth — looks as if she knows how to put money and time to use in many good causes. What a novel thought to have such a fine person as "First Spouse" She sounds more capable than Hillary or Obama. We would really get two for the price of one. A person with business and international experience. John did work for the firm for awhile when he left the Navy. She, however, has the real business experience. Very interesting.
Origins: Scrutiny of the character of the wives of political candidates is nothing new — it has been an integral part of American politics for a very long time. The April 2008
The summary is mostly accurate: Cindy McCain was the heiress to a beer distributor's fortune, she is now active in that distributorship, she did make the Senator sign a
But the summary errs when it says "Mother Teresa implored
In 1989, following two back surgeries, Cindy McCain became addicted to the painkillers Vicodin and Percocet. To keep up with her daily need of 10 to
Cindy McCain is Senator McCain's second wife. His infidelities put strain on his first marriage, and he was divorced from Carol McCain, his wife of
Cindy Lou Hensley and John McCain began dating in 1979. While the Wall Street Journal article used as the source for the
In 2004, Cindy McCain had a stroke as a result of failing to continue her blood pressure medication. She made a full recovery, even running a marathon
In the ramp-up towards the run for the Republican nomination, Senator McCain said to his wife, "I think you could bring style, grace, and elegance back to the White House."
Last updated: 20 August 2008
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