Had Republican Sen. John McCain won the presidency, he would have awakened on the morning of March 14 at the White House, shared breakfast with his wife, Cindy, delivered the weekly radio address and contemplated the global financial crisis with visiting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Instead, President Obama accomplished all of the above, while Mr. and Mrs. McCain began their Saturday like other ordinary Americans.
“I was walking out of Starbucks, they were walking in,” says Leslie Bauman, referring to the coffee shop in Crystal City, Va. “They were both in casual clothes, and he was wearing a Navy hat, so I didn’t even recognize him at first. But Mrs. McCain is absolutely gorgeous in person, and I recognized her immediately.”
Mrs. Bauman, who works for the B.F. Saul group of hotels, says the couple were extremely gracious.
“They stopped and shook my hand,” she says. “Then I thanked him for his service to our country and for being a voice for moderate conservatives. He asked what my name was — they were so kind and attentive, really genuine. I interned for my U.S. congressman all through high school and college, so I can tell when a politician is pretending to be interested and when someone is genuine.”
John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or email@example.com.