Cindy McCain Responds: "I've Always Been Proud of My Country"
Cindy McCain takes a lob ball and hits it out of the park.
Nice swing, Cindy.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is introduced by his wife Cindy at a campaign rally in Brookfield, Wisconsin February 19, 2008. (REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson)
** HERE is the video.
“I am proud of my country,” John McCain’s wife, Cindy, said at a campaign stop in Brookfield, Wis., Tuesday. “I don’t know if you heard those words earlier… but I am very proud of my country.”
During a follow up press conference, the Arizona senator was asked if they were responding to Michelle Obama and he deferred to his wife.
She responded: “I just wanted to make the statement that I have and always will be proud of my country.”
An article in the conservative magazine Commentary on Tuesday said Michelle Obama’s comments suggest “the pseudo-messianic nature of the Obama candidacy is very much a part of the way the Obamas themselves are feeling.”
“Can it really be there has not been a moment during that time when she felt proud of her country?” the article asked. “Forget matters like the victory in the Cold War; how about only things that have made liberals proud — all the accomplishments of inclusion? How about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991? Or Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s elevation to the Supreme Court?”
Michelle Obama was born in 1964, meaning her adult life began roughly in the early ’80s.
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said the comment “was sort of revealing.”
“She was an adult when we won the Cold War without firing a shot. She was an adult for the last 25 years of economic progress, social progress,” he told FOX News. “I think the Democrats have to be careful … they’re running against the status quo … You have to be careful not to let that slide into a kind of indictment of America. Because I don’t think the American people think on the whole that the last 25 years of American history is a narrative of despair and nothing to be proud of.”
The conservative blog Hot Air also seized on Mrs. Obama’s comments.
“Only her husband’s run for president has made her proud of America? That’s … extremely narcissistic and self-centered,” the blog posting said. “How sad. I certainly don’t want such a vain pessimist as First Lady.”