We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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 serves 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 Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate. She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.
They have a Family Foundation for children's causes.
She is 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 am surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes.
I find it hard to believe that Cindy McCain is going to give up her business interests, give up control of her father's company, to become first lady. No, I suspect that she would stay in Texas, since she obviously can't run her beer distributorship from the White House.
If she had "Princess" in front of her name, Cindy McCain would be worshipped by half the world for her humanitarian deeds. Small minds can only put people in small boxes. The media has only reported on her pills and her beer money. That makes it easier for those who would tear down her husband to demonize her as an addict who bought her way out of a drug conviction, or who used her Senator husband's influence to get off. For many, this will be the foundation of their opinions about McCain & Co.; a one strike elimination tournament: bring on the hate!
"Princess" Cindy will be a wonderful First Lady, and like the present one, will be truly a lady. America's home will have another gracious hostess for its guests, and I hope all of the "undocumented citizens" McCain has invited into OUR homes show up at The White House for their "rights" and a meal before the moving truck clears Pennsylvania Ave.
From my viewpoint, the next four years look like hell. With three bad choices for President, the outcome is the same, except for First Lady. Having lived in the same neighborhood with The Libertarian candidate, my vote will come down to First Lady. The thought of Michelle Obama in the White House has an angry, bitter atmosphere around it, like her church on Sundays. Bill Clinton as First Gentleman is just nasty. Cindy by default.
It would be nice to have her, but why would she stay in Texas, since the family home is in Arizona?
She has a pretty impressive biography, I think, one which isn't all "but what about me-me-me?" like so many people involved in the political spectrum [naming no names here, letting you fill in the blanks].
I can understand why most of the MSM isn't covering this story.
Why isn't she on the ballot? Think of the last Federal Senator who had any executive experience, was elected to the presidency, and did anything meaningful (maybe that's why ex-guvs seem to fare better in the White House). If you put forth JFK as an example, be prepared for a discussion. :-)