Saturday, June 14, 2008

Not Nice to Call Your Wife a C***

Cliff Shecter exposes McCain's temper in his new book. And then exposes himself as extremely partisan on the Huffington Post.

What we know about the candidates' wives so far is that Michelle Obama is "unpatriotic", and according to her husband, Cindy wears too much makeup. I decided I'd like to know at least a little bit more about them.

According to, Cindy works for 3 volunteer organizations including one that she founded:

"As an advocate for children's health care needs, Cindy founded and ran the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) from 1988 to 1995. AVMT provided emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished children throughout the world. Cindy led 55 medical missions to third world and war-torn countries during AVMT's seven years of existence. On one of those missions, Mother Teresa convinced Cindy to take two babies in need of medical attention to the United States. One of those babies is now their adopted daughter, 16-year-old Bridget McCain.

...In addition to her humanitarian work, Cindy is the chairman of her family's business, Hensley & Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation."

Her family makes their money distributing Budweiser. What's more American than that?

Michelle Obama is on 6 Boards:
"Michelle's impressive resume includes: Former associate dean at the University of Chicago; a member of six boards of directors including the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Tree House Foods; and Vice President, Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. In this position she was responsible for all programs and initiatives that involve the relationships between the hospitals and the community as well as management of the hospitals' business diversity program."

The salary she received at the University of Chicago Hospital caused the conservative National Review to call her a hypocrite, saying that she was encouraging others to go into low paying service positions when she herself was making a hefty salary.

"What she doesn’t mention is that the helping industry has treated her pretty well. In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office."

Obama has said that his wife is off limits in the campaign, and as far as I can tell there is no information about her on the campaign website, except a brief sentence at the end of his bio - "But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 7, live on Chicago's South Side." She is campaigning with him and for him though - so I think the idea that she's not a legitimate target is a stretch.

According to Squidoo (what the heck is Squidoo?)... Michelle was Barack's mentor at a Chicago Law Firm where he interned. Well she seems to take mentoring very seriously.

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