DRIVING MISS ROWENA
Roberta McCain, 96-year-old mother of Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, never ceases to amaze, if not outpace those she encounters on the campaign trail.
Including ladies in attendance for the recent Republican Women’s Federal Forum luncheon at the Capitol Hill Club (the McCain family town house until the early 1950s), among them Carly Fiorina, businesswoman and McCain economic adviser; Franki Roberts, wife of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts; Susan Allen, wife of former Virginia Sen. George Allen; Joanne Kemp, wife of former New York congressman Jack Kemp; LaDonna Curzon, Republican activist; and Sally Atwater, widow of the late Republican political strategist Lee Atwater (the couple’s daughter, Ashley Atwater, led the Pledge of Allegiance).
Mrs. Fiorina, former chairman of the board and CEO of HewlettPackard, told the crowd that she just returned from Paris, where Mrs. McCain is admired by young and old alike. After all, when she traveled to France two years ago at the age of 94, accompanied by her identical-twin sister Rowena Willis, she tried to rent a car, but was informed she was too old.
So what did the elderly Mrs. McCain do?
She purchased a car, the story was told, and when the twins’ French holiday drew to a close, Mrs. McCain sold it.