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Dec 04th
Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako Getting to Know the Real Mrs. Cindy McCain
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Thursday, 12 June 2008 23:45

The political battle line has also been drawn between two ladies. Now that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is the Democrat’s presumptive nominee for the race to the White House and John McCain is the GOP’s, either Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama would be the next First Lady of America.

Who’s your choice?


Michelle is a Princeton grad and a product of Harvard Law School.  Pretty impressive, huh?  Ivy Leaguer and all.  She was a full-time scholar in both schools, paid for by the United States of America.  YET in her senior year at Princeton, she wrote a thesis that stated that America is a nation founded on “crime and hatred” and that whites are “ineradicably racist” people.


Talking about being an ingrate.


She also said that there was “no doubt in her mind that as a member of the Black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all my present and FUTURE resources to benefit the Black community FIRST and FOREMOST.”


The way I understand that is IF she becomes America’s First Lady, we, who would be merely on the periphery, would just fight over the crumbs that fell on the wayside underneath the dining table. 


That’s what we know about Mrs. Michelle Obama.  Of course, we also know about the staged “DAP” or the fist bump she and her husband gave each other, when Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination a couple of weeks ago.    


Now, what do we know about Mrs. Cindy McCain? 


The answer to that question was sent to me by Mrs. Becky Belbis of Palos Hills, Chicago.  Becky is the bubbly, vivacious, curvaceous wife of my cuz, Manuel.  And the reason I said, “curvaceous” is because Becky is a devotee of “Curves.”  Curves is a gym exclusively for women.  My cuz said that ever since Becky started going to that gym. “it’s been like embracing a different woman.”  I knew exactly what my cuz meant when he said that.  My wife is also a devotee of Curves and the Air Climber.  Me, I am a devotee of the living room couch. 


Feminist critics who write her off as a ‘stand-by-your-man” shrinking violet are selling her short … for Mrs. McCain more than meets the eye.

Enough tsismis … Let’s go back to Mrs. Cindy McCain.  This is what Becky sent me and I quote:


Yes, Mrs. McCain is the perfectly coifed blonde standing dutifully behind Senator McCain during his speeches.  And yes, she wears stylish clothing and carries a Pravda 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 … for 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 Iraq and 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 killed.


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 girl.  The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life.  So she brought the child home to America for surgery she desperately needed. 


The baby is now their healthy, 16-year-old daughter, Bridget.


Though all seven McCain children, including two whom Senator McCain adopted during 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.


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 helped organize relief missions to Micronesia.  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 may contribute to CARE, which fights global poverty and works to empower poor women.  Mrs. Cindy McCain sits on its board . . .  Unquote.


Cindy McCain is also a former rodeo queen and cheerleader, with a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern California.  She’s the heiress to a wealthy family in Phoenix, Arizona, to Hensley and Co., one of the largest distributors for the brewing giant, Anheuser-Busch.  One of her passions is travelling the globe, doing world-wide charitable work.


Yes, that silent, perfectly-coifed blonde standing behind Senator John McCain during his speeches would make a fine First Lady, don’t y’all think?  Yes, indeed, absolutely, I think so, too.  JJ  


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