Monday, August 25, 2008

michelle or cindy?

I'm sure many eyes and ears were attentive to the voice of Michelle Obama as she praised her husband's values and declared "I love this country" and equal numbers will be listening to the voice of Cindy when the Republican Conventions begins!

According to the Gallup Poll, Michelle Obama’s Speech Could Make a Difference! Fifty-two percent say a president’s spouse is important to their vote decision.

What do you think? What IS the value of a wife? What characteristics or character qualities do you think are necessary for a wife to be influential? Would it make a difference to you if they weren't married, but just living together? Bring on those opinions and thanks for being gracious as you do!

Career: McCain is the chairman of her family's business, Hensley & Co., one of the country's largest distributors for Anheuser-Busch. She's also involved with several children's health care organizations.

Marriage: Cindy Hensley married John McCain in May 1980. It was the second marriage for McCain, who is 18 years older than his wife.

Family: The McCains have four children together -- Meghan, 23; Jack, 22; Jim, 20; and Bridget, 16. John McCain also has three children from his first marriage.

Childhood and Education: Cindy McCain, 54, who was raised in a wealthy Phoenix family, has a master's degree in special education from the University of Southern California.

Style on the Trail: McCain "is more in the classic mold of the candidate's wife on the campaign trail," said one political scientist. She's been less likely to speak out on the trail.

Criticism: McCain had refused to release her tax returns. Critics said that move was at odds with her husband's message of government openness, and she eventually relented and released the information. Sources:, Reuters

Career: Obama gave up her job as a vice president at the University of Chicago Medical Center to campaign with her husband.

Marriage: Michelle Robinson married Barack Obama in October 1992. The couple met while working for a Chicago law firm.

Family: The Obamas have two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 6.

Childhood and Education: Michelle Obama, 44, grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her law degree from Harvard.

Style on the Trail: Obama has been known for being strong-minded and outspoken during her husband's campaign. Here, the couple bump fists before his speech on the night he earned enough delegates to claim the Democratic nomination.

Criticism: Obama sparked controversy when she told a Wisconsin crowd in February, "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

Get this - over half of Americans say a presidential candidate's spouse is an important factor in their vote. What's your take on this? Why is the wife of the candidate important to consider? Or perhaps not? Bring those opinions on!

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Mercedes said...

it will be Michelle for me. I really love her strong and seemingly very driven personality. She didn't come for money yet she managed to go to Harvard and have a very fulfilling career. She may not be working at the moment but she has a had a very notable career. I don't know why but I am very drawn to her and I want to see what she will do as first lady.

Lylah said...

thanks for "voicing" in merecedes. what is it you think she might do as first lady?

Becky Coulter said...

I would also prefer Michelle Obama. She has seemed notably committed to her children throughout this campaign. I also think she has a very clear sense of what it means to be a working parent, which although I am a stay at home mom right now, I think is essential to understanding the challenges that women in this country face trying to support their families.

I would never choose a candidate for his or her spouse, and I also think Cindy McCain is an admirable person, overcoming substance abuse and a stroke, but Michelle Obama is who I would choose for my first lady.

Dr. Mom said...

I think they are both admirable women. My biggest concern about Michelle is the church she has been intimately involved with for the past twenty years. Go to the Trinity United Church Website and read the information there. If you replaced the word Black with White or Africa with White Europe, I would be equally offended. While I am not electing a church, it has had an influential role in their lives for a long time.

Lylah said...

Good point, well taken Dr. Mom and done with a gracious spirt. Thanks.

Mrs. Sidney said...

I am really struggling with Michelle. I just don't understand how you can be an active member in a church for twenty years and then denounce that same church and it's views. I just if you didn't agree with those things you wouldn't have been a member for so long.

Do I sound crazy??

country log cabin quilter said...

I agree with Dr. Mom. However, I really don't think the wife has much bearing on who will be elected. I am a conservative, pro-life person, so would never vote for a candidate who is pro-choice. And, no, Mrs. Sidney, you don't sound crazy. I did watch Michelle's speech and it was good. I'm sure she is a nice person, but to me some of her statements don't match the type of socialist programs her husband wants to install.