REAL DEAL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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 jm­c­caslin@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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