Lunch with Cindy

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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!”

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