Showing posts with label Cindy McCain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cindy McCain. Show all posts

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hmm, We Wonder What Michelle Obama Was Doing In '94...

...because Cindy McCain was in Rwanda with Doctors Without Borders actually getting it done.

Via a Gerson Op-Ed in today's WaPo:

KIGALI, Rwanda -- Cindy McCain's first visit to this country, in 1994, was during the high season of roadblocks and machetes and shallow graves.

Following a call for help from Doctors Without Borders, McCain had assembled a medical team with the intention of setting up a mobile hospital in Rwanda. Arriving by private plane in mid-April, a couple of weeks into the massacres, she realized that the chaos made deploying her team impossible. At the airport, she paid for the use of a truck and set out for Goma in then-Zaire, where hundreds of thousands of refugees were also headed.

"I never saw anyone harmed," McCain recalls, "but I saw the bodies along the roadside." Checkpoints were manned by 12- and 13-year-olds with AK-47s. "The kids were drinking -- bottles of Guinness, I remember. They would point their guns at you. They wanted money. We paid." Along the way, she picked up several abandoned young people, later turned over to the care of an Irish charity.

"You could see the chaos, hear the shots, hear the screaming. You could smell it." What, I asked her, could you smell? "The smell of death," she replied.

Arriving across the border in Goma, in what is now Congo, McCain found cholera victims stacked beside the road "like highway barriers." "I remember having to step over the decomposing body of an infant, covered with white powder, lime I guess, to get into one building." The field hospital covered four acres. McCain's team provided primary care for sick and frightened refugees, many of them suffering from dehydration. For nearly a month, McCain organized deliveries of food and water for the operation, collecting supplies at the Goma airport.

"I have never seen anything like it before," she says, "and never since. . . . When I came home, I couldn't put it into words for my husband."

The rushing return of these memories came on Cindy McCain's first visit to Rwanda since the genocide. In the shadow of Barack Obama's world tour, McCain joined a bipartisan delegation -- including former Senate majority leaders Bill Frist and Tom Daschle -- organized by the ONE Campaign, a group that advocates for the fight against global poverty and disease. (I am also involved in the efforts of ONE.)

McCain came back to a very different Rwanda -- peaceful, well governed, and making, with American help, some of the most rapid progress in the history of public health. "What has struck me," says McCain, "is that most people are reconciling. A woman I met was gang-raped [during the genocide], her throat was slit, she lost her whole family, but was willing to forgive. The reason this will be a successful country is the women -- some of the strongest, most inspiring women I have ever met."

Given her history of humanitarianism, these adjectives might be associated with McCain herself. The election of her husband would also bring to the White House an adventurous, traveled, intriguingly fearless first lady. Over the years, McCain has taken medical services to a Sandinista stronghold after Nicaragua's civil war; set up a mobile hospital near Kuwait City while the oil wells still burned from the Persian Gulf War; helped in Bangladesh after a cyclone. And while in that country in 1991 she found her daughter Bridget in an orphanage -- "She really picked me," McCain insists. Sometimes the desire to save every child is properly concentrated on a single child.

Like most of Cindy McCain's life, these stories are generally hidden behind a wall of well-tailored reticence. She values the privacy of her family and resents the intrusiveness of the media. None of her relief work has been done for political consumption or Washington prominence. On the contrary, it has been an alternative life to the culture of the capital -- the rejection of the normal progress of a senator's wife. "It is not about me -- it never has been. I felt it was important -- that I had to do it. I never took government money. It was my own, and I am not ashamed of it."

But all this would have political consequences in a McCain administration. Even if a first lady is not intrusively political, the whole White House responds to her priorities. Cindy McCain has had decades of personal contact with the suffering of the developing world. And in some future crisis or genocide, it might matter greatly to have a first lady who knows the smell of death.
The November election may or may not turn on "experience" (obviously, the McCains hope yes, the Obamas no).

But we argue that no matter what happens in November experience does matter.

A lot.

Just ask the people who have lived under George W. Bush for the last 8 years.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Woman In The Arena


The title is ours.

The picture is compliments of the folks at Time Magazine and their fabulous daily photo blog.

Cindy McCain's grace and toughness in the glare of the media spotlight is all her own.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

One Classy Lady



And one hell of a campaign surrogate.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Just LOOK At That Supportive Crowd!


Cindy has always been a popular with the veterans.

Even veterans who have pledged their allegiance to Team Romney.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Cindy McCain - Life Is Just A Tire Swing


Cindy McCain is in the latest Harper's Bazaar.

She looks great.

But we wonder, does she listen to Jimmy Buffett?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cindy McCain Goes After Independent Voters


It's no secret that John McCain has been a leader in the fight (especially within the GOP) on global warming.

Check out this Environmental Defense Action Fund article from 2004.

It's also no secret that McCain's "Greenish" legislative record is sometimes lost in the noise surrounding his support of the Iraq War.

So Independent voters (and Crunchy Cons) might need a little reminding of McCain's favorable global warming stance heading into 2008.

Enter Cindy McCain, who last week gave an interview to ABC News' Jennifer Rubin:

Though she lacks the high profile of some of her counterparts in the presidential race, McCain is poised to have a greater presence on the campaign trail in the coming months.

She's already been a regular aboard the Straight Talk Express and at fundraisers, and she's attending a NASCAR race in North Carolina this weekend.

The couple's 23-year-old daughter Meghan "plans on taking an active role," McCain said, though their two sons who are in the military -- one is a Marine, the other a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy -- are restricted from taking part in political activities. The McCains also have a 15 year old daughter, Bridget. And the Senator has three adult children from his first marriage.

McCain said the entire family was involved in her husband's decision to run for president, and the children's concerns extended far beyond the impact on their personal lives.

"We had a very long conversation over Christmas," said McCain, 53. "[Their] major concern was where he was on global warming. I was really proud they asked great questions."

And, since the Senator presumably got his children's blessing to run for President, we suppose that McCain's position on global warming passed the children's test.

This is, we imagine, the first minor shot of the full court press Team McCain plans on the global warming issue in the coming months.

Warm up the direct mail bus!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Top 10 Reasons You Should Read GreenMountainPolitics1 Everyday


It's official - we make smart people laugh.

This is GreenMountainPolitics1's 100th post on the '08 NH Presidential Primary and we're just getting warmed up.

To celebrate, we've created a Top 10 list of our favorite stories so far.

We might be "Snarky" (we're in awe of you too J.W.), but we're a FUN Snarky.

We'll see you on the Trail.

TOP TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ GREENMOUNTAINPOLITICS1 EVERYDAY

10. Because we caught Tom Tancredo building a wall between his NH office and John McCain's NH office.

9. Because we learned that Barack Obama's definition of "open" might not be your definition of "open".

8. Because we covered Cindy McCain's first trip to NH in 6 years and foolishly compared ourselves to Charlie Bartlett.

7. Because we caught Bill Richardson loving on a piece of dough. And we still haven't gotten over it.

6. Because we reported that Harry Reid is no doctor.

5. Because we declared Mike Huckabee the dark horse candidate 2 months before Carville did.

4. Because we were there when John McCain told Bill's wife to "Be a man!"

3. Because we reported on the Biden/Ifill dust-up even though no one else caught it.

2. Because we are willing to take on Katie Levinson. And her tummy.

1. Because we were the first to report that God doesn't want Mitt Romney to be President.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Girl Power! Cindy McCain Is Welcomed Back To NH After 6 Years


GreenMountainPolitics1 thinks of itself as the Coleman/Bartlett Washington Focus of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

Just with a hell of a lot more Snark.

And while we don't have Charlie's writing ability, political experience, rolodex and firsthand account of a dreary ride back to Houston on January 20th, 1993, we make do with the gifts that God gave us.

We're comfortable with that. So are our readers.

But even we are smart enough to know that behind every truly great man is a great woman.

Editor's Note: We also know, John O'Connor, that behind every truly great woman is a great man. And we must apologize, again, for landing in your lap during the Amistad screening a few years back. We wanted popcorn and the Chief had requested the house lights be totally darkened. We tripped on your wife's feet.

It's no secret that GreenMountainPolitics1 considers U.S. Senator John McCain to be a truly great man. Complex, complicated and a little Snarky himself, but truly great.

So when McCain's New Hampshire campaign e-mailed us to ask if we would like to spend this past Saturday with Cindy McCain - observing the woman behind the great man - we jumped.

And then we said "yes".

"Good", Jill 'Tough As Nails' Hazelbaker told us. "Go where you want, report what you want, photograph what you want, but keep out from underfoot, be polite and for God's sake keep the Snark to a dull roar."

Then a grin and the kicker, "You're just a humble blogger with nothing more than a Blogspot account after all."

'Nails is right. About the Blogspot account.

So as our good friend Jon Martin covered one half of the team that would be President in Iowa on Saturday, GreenMountainPolitics1 took the other half in New Hampshire.

We were very impressed with our half.

Cindy McCain made stops in Nashua (100 people), Rindge (20 people in a room that was meant for 150 people, tsk-tsk campaign team) and Keene (40 people).

It was Cindy's first time on the stump since 2000. And, while the two staffers who traveled with her mentioned that she "might be a little nervous", we didn't see it if she was.

At each stop Cindy spoke for about 20 minutes, mostly about her family, before opening up the floor to questions. After the Q and A was complete she spent time mingling one-on-one with voters.

She's clearly a full 50% of Team McCain. A bona fide asset.

Not only does she speak and mingle well but her stump speech is more stream of consciousness than rehearsed verbal gruel.

It works and it works well. People genuinely loved on her.

And, we got the sense listening to her that we were hearing the real Cindy McCain, warts and all, which is no small thing in the modern Presidency.

We have always felt that if her husband is going to actually win the Presidency it will be on a campaign platform "Warts and All".

We're not being Snarky. Just ask Bill.

While we were waiting for Cindy to arrive in Nashua on Saturday morning we struck up a conversation with a gentleman by the name of Bill. Bill was also waiting for Cindy to arrive and he had driven up from Boston to see her.

"So," we asked Bill, "what do you like about Senator McCain?"

"Well," replied Bill (thick Boston accent), "I don't like his Iraq stance, too conservative. And I don't like his position on global warming, too liberal."

"What do you like?" we asked again.

"Right now? Not much," Bill replied.

"So why are you here?" we asked a little confused.

"Because the Senator ain't bullshit. And neither is Mrs. McCain. I'm sure they have their issues just like everyone else but when they speak they're telling it to you straight. That's worth supporting."

Then Bill got a little twinkle in his eyes, "And Mrs. McCain is a real tall glass of water."

We can see the new campaign signs now - McCain '08: Not bullshit & Bill from Boston thinks my wife is a tall glass of water!

We love it!