Here is our e-book review for Alicia Colon’s Cindy McCain: Elegance, Good Will and Hope for a New America by Alicia Colon The book is only in ebook format (click on the photos to go to amazon’s product page)and will not be published as an actual book. It was written during the 2008 presidential campaign. Even though Cindy McCain is often seen or labeled a Stepford Wife, this is a quick and insightful read into how Mrs. McCain is in fact, not a Stepford Wife. Not that we have anything against the label. We adored all the qualities embedded in the entirely unnecessary vitriolic hurled at her in the name of "liberal open-mindedness."
Cindy McCain is a Stepford Wife. The only opinions she has are the ones John gives her. She only says what John tells her to say. Cindy McCain doesn’t have an original throught at all in her mind. She is an absolute milquetoast. She only does what John tells her to do.
Here is a great line from the book that got us ladies chatting an entire afternoon!
"[Cindy] told me many times that she wanted to be the perfect wife and mother, and she wanted to be everything that John McCain wanted her to be," said longtime friend Betsey Bayless. "And she pretty much was the perfect wife and mother, but, youknow, she had to come to the realization that everything isn’t perfect."
I read somewhere that this book was pending print publication IF John McCain had won the presidency in 2008. So don’t hold your breath for the physical book being out soon. Also, note there are NO images on this e-book. You will have to supplement your reading with Image Googling and Youtubing "Cindy McCain" (add the search word ‘HALO’ and enjoy!)
Ah where to begin? Needless to say, we at the Stepford Wives Organization were charmed when we heard about a public figure being continually compared to our way of life. We understand it’s meant in a derisive way, but we take no offense. We understand it’s not for everyone. Still, we adore Cindy McCain, her meticulous presentation, her gracious ways, her great humanitarian track record, her "family first" philosophy, and her "stand by your man" duties as the perfect wife. Many of these qualities are hallmarks of iconic heiresses from the past.
So why was there such vitriolic savagery online and in the media towards Mrs. John McCain? I think there’s the ever-present class system and prejudices at work. In the States – though many want to believe its a country where all are created equal and should be treated as such – affluence continues to arouse an invidious jealousy among the unwashed masses. Combine this with arrogant libs with no formal training in good manners and a population eager to flaunt their broadmindedness by supporting the other candidate, one could understand (though not forgive) the uncharitable words that were flung at Cindy McCain during the election of 2008.
Alicia Colon’s book addressed this very topic. She even quotes invectives hurled at our heroine from online comment boards and media articles. But Cindy McCain is so much more. Opting for a low-keyed presence, performing and working with charitable organizations (Operation Smile, HALO (landmine removal), and CARE) and founded AVMT (American Voluntary Medical Team). Mrs. McCain is not one of those donors who writes a check and calls it the day. Without media coverage, as early as twenty years ago, she was already traveling to war-torn third world countries to work with the less fortunate. Colon writes that McCain wants to make sure the money goes to the right people, an increasing problem (read Linda Polman’s Crisis Caravan) for people who know and are serious about humanitarian aid. We all mourned the passing of Princess Di, but here is a person (one of America’s own) who is using her riches and visibility to do meaningful global acts of humanity and what did she get from the general public? It was downright disgraceful!
Her generosity was present early on in her life. Attaining a masters in Special Ed., Cindy Hensley returned to Arizona to teach children with Down Syndrome at impoverished Avondale. When she inherited her father’s beer distribution business, she chose to carry on the tradition of taking care of their long time clients. At the same time she began her international humanitarian work when she discovered the atrocious conditions in a Micronesia Hospital E.R. after a diving accident. One realizes how admirable this is when you compare it to the other American "heiresses" of present day who are more concerned with partying and releasing sex tapes of themselves.
Colon could have done a more thorough job. This book has a very "rushed" feel to it, focusing a bit too much on John McCain at many points in the book, as if it were supplementary reading for undecided voters during 2008. Colon sometimes goes on the offensive against liberal attacks, which is off-topic. To be fair, Mrs. McCain is ill-at-ease to be in the public limelight, so her sense of privacy is admirable and given due respect. The author covers all the major scandals that hit Mrs. McCain (the possible romantic fling with John while he was still technically married to Carol McCain, her addiction to Vicodin (to tame back pains) that led to pocketed prescription from AVMT, and the mysterious sister from Jim Hensley’s previous marriage). The others, involving her adopted daughter Bridget, though mentioned, and serves as an example of the vicious gossip the McCains had to endure, should not be given the dignity of acknowledgment here.
Now with the election over, and the mean-spirited anti-McCain savages back in their caves, we can slowly admire the work of a quiet humanitarian and a genuine philanthropist.