Cindy McCain – July 21, 2008
Cindy McCain, wife of presidential candidate John McCain, doesn’t need a Madison Avenue “make-over” or a consultant to change her public image. She is and has been a lady who uses her significant wealth, earned as chairperson of Hensley (her maiden name) & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in America to provide food and medical treatment to the poor and the sick. In addition to the duties and responsibilities that inevitably fall upon wives of U.S. Senators, Cindy also ran a non-profit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, sending medical personnel to third-world countries devasted by disasters and war. Her philanthropic work includes serving on the boards of a number of charitable organizations.
Using her B.A. in education and her Master’s degree in special education, she pursued a career as a special ed teacher working with kids who suffered with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Her lifetime record of action reveals her passion to help the sick, the afflicted and the poor at her own expense, giving generously and selflessly of her time and resources. She personally led at least 55 missions over a seven-year period, each two weeks in duration, to provide medical care to poor sick children, and people affected by wars and disasters in Iraq, Nicaragua, India, Bangladesh and El Salvador.
It was while she was visiting Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1991, after a cyclone, that she became acquainted with two baby girls who needed the kind of medical treatment Cindy could acquire for them in the U.S. So she adopted one and secured the adoption of the other by a friend. Later named Bridget, she became John and Cindy McCain’s fourth child, having three of their own, Meghan, John and James.
Cindy suffered several miscarriages before finally having her own daughter and two sons. She also endured two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs. When her husband was being investigated for the Keating Five scandal, she suffered emotional stress. Her physician had prescribed opiate painkillers for her back surgery pain, which became an addiction.
After all of this adversity, Cindy came out on her feet and became a stay-at-home wife, but founded the Hensley Family Foundation which donates money to children’s programs in Arizona and around the nation. By the year 2001, she became active with Operation Smile, taking trips to Morocco, Vietnam and India, sitting on its board of directors and being honored in 2005 for her work. This busy lady joined the board of directors of CARE and the HALO Trust, visiting operations to remove landmines in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and Angola. Putting her money where her mouth is, she physically oversees how the money is used by watching them in the field, taking the trips with the organizations.
In April of 2004, Cindy survived a near-fatal stroke, receiving therapy which brought her to a full recovery of arm and leg limitations. She still suffers from short-term memory loss and difficulities writing. But don’t count her out. This lady is an amateur pilot and race car driver!
Her husband’s political opposition has tried to sully her image by criticizing her wealth and spending habits, wealth which she has generously used for the poor, needy, sick and afflicted around the world. She and John have signed prenuptial agreements and filed separate income tax returns, which Cindy refused to release to the public, as she is not running for president. However, she did release the first two pages of her 2006 return, showing that Cindy has paid over $1.7 million in federal income taxes.
I think John McCain’s opposition will have great difficulty finding fault of any significance with the lady Cindy Hensley McCain. If they try to use her past drug addiction against her, the You Tube video of Barak Obama discussing his drug use, excerpts from his biography describing his drug use and You Tube video of Obama favoring legalization of marijuana, should put that issue to bed permanently. If they criticize her or John concerning the war, Marbie’s Blog will point out that one of their four sons is attending the Naval Academy, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, while another is a Navy pilot like John, and another has completed a tour in Iraq as a Marine, having joined when he was only 17. I don’t think they will try it. If they do, Marbie’s Blog will be all over it.
There is no more time to do nothing.