Lunch with Cindy
It was standing room only May 8 at the Capitol Hill Club for the Cindy McCain luncheon sponsored by the Republican Women’s Federal Forum, chaired by Judy Black.
In fact, the luncheon was so full that food-servers had to be eliminated to accommodate enough table and chairs to squeeze all the ticket-holders in the dining room.
Among the guests: Franki Roberts, wife of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, Susan Allen, wife of former Virginia Sen. George Allen, and Republican activists Cathy Gillespie, Sally Atwater and a host of congressional wives and Republican women with a smattering of Republican gentlemen.
The Ann Hand jewelry was out and shining, especially the John McCain pin. Surprising everyone, Mrs. McCain welcomed the crowd to “the McCain home,” pointing out that her husband grew up in the building that is now the Capitol Hill Club.
Mrs. McCain, who spoke without notes for half an hour, informed the crowd that her husband is the man to be the next president because he understands more than anyone the need to do the right thing for the troops in Iraq.
The McCains have two sons in active duty, one of them a 19-yearold Marine, Jimmy, who recently returned from duty in Iraq. While he was in Iraq, according to Mrs. McCain, her son was waist deep in mud digging out an overturned military vehicle when his superior walked up and yelled, “McCain! Your dad just won New Hampshire. Keep digging!”