Monday, June 16, 2008

The "Let Me Upgrade U" Remix ft. John McCain

Till death do us part. That's what most people say on their wedding day. There's also the whole richer/poor, sickness/health thing too. Of course, barely 50% of all marriages go the distance, so it's hardly surprising that many Presidential candidates are on their 2nd and 3rd go-rounds.

But what makes Cotton Hill McCain's marital situation so odd is the circumstances under which his first marriage ended. It's common knowledge by now that he hooked up with beer-heiress Cindy Hensley while he was still married. What's perhaps less talked about his his first wife, who's been virtually invisible.

Not anymore, cause Carol McCain is talkin'.

I don't usually like quoting stories so extensively, but this DailyMail UK article is packed with far too much info, so I encourage you guys to have a read.

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children.

And yet, had events turned out differently, it would be she, rather than Cindy, who would be vying to be First Lady. She is McCain’s first wife, Carol, who was a famous beauty and a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965.

She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news. But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter. Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again. But when John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self.

When McCain was released in March 1973, he told reporters he was overjoyed to see Carol again. But friends say privately he was ‘appalled’ by the change in her appearance.

Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.
Hmmmm, sounds like a man of integrity to me. Your old wife, who prayed and waited for you over 5 years while you were in captivity gets crippled, and whaddya do?

UPGRADE to a 25 year old multi-millionaire!!!

How's that for economic stimulus!?! Marry a rich white woman! It's a foolproof plan for putting this country back on track. Who gives a f*ck about $4 gas and $6 cereal when you're wifey's worth a cool $100M!?!? If only there were more of em' to go around.

And you thought Cotton Hill was clueless about the financial concerns of the average Averican.
But already the McCains’ marriage had begun to fray. ‘John started carousing and running around with women,’ said Robert Timberg.

McCain has acknowledged that he had girlfriends during this time, without going into details. Some friends blame his dissatisfaction with Carol, but others give some credence to her theory of a mid-life crisis.

He was also fiercely ambitious, but it was clear he would never become an admiral like his illustrious father and grandfather and his thoughts were turning to politics.

In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage.

McCain was then earning little more than £25,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi-millionaire who had impeccable political connections.
Sounds pretty ambitious/opportunitistic to me.

Your ole' lady ain't gettin' you to Washington? Trade her old ass in for a newer, younger, firmer, richer model!

Cause' nobody likes a broken trophy.
Carol and her children were devastated. ‘It was a complete surprise,’ says Nancy Reynolds, a former Reagan aide.

Today, she stands at just 5ft4in and still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.

My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that just does.’
I apologize for what likely reads like excessive gloating, but seriously, how f*ckin' Cold Blooded is it to kick the woman who waited for you while you were being tortured on the daily to the curb for a young chick who can finance your way to the Senate? Rick James couldn't have dreamed that one up.

Question: I think we're in universal agreement that cheating politicians are commonplace. But does the way John McCain completely disposed of/upgraded from his first wife turn your stomach a bit?

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind [Daily Mail UK]

28 AverageComments™:

spool32 said...

When I read the words "ghostly shadow" in the first quote, I knew the Mail had written another hit job.

I don't quite get how you can bash Fox for overblown inflammatory stuff but bite on this attack piece from the UK's even-less-credible Daily Mail?

I don't think it's even remotely fair to paint McCain's actions in this light. Maybe after years of hell he needed someone to be his support, and instead found a woman who needed him to help her over her own tragedy. Maybe he discovered that he simply didn't have it in him back then, or any number of other scenarios that don't include "he's a callous ass who ditched a poor cripple for a rich hottie".

Seriously AB, this one was beneath you.

Missy said...

How's that for economic stimulus!?! Marry a rich white woman!

It seems to be working for Nick Cannon...

CUBSFAN said...

I wish the mainstream media would pick up this story or at least interview the ex wife. The mainstream media is so afraid of being labeled "bias" or "left wing" I doubt if they will pursue the story.

TalentedTenth said...

@ cubsfan...
from what i have been seeing on other blogs and news stories who have spoken to the first mrs. mccain, she basically sings his praises (despite what he has done). so they probably feel there isn't much of a story. had she been one of those bitter, i'm gonna slash your tires and key your car kinda women, i think the story would be much more enticing to the MSM.

AverageBro said...

@ spool

"Beneath me"? Honorary Negro* please!

You can call it a "hit job" all you want, but seriously, don't you think the very female voters John McCain is trying to pull from That Woman have a right to know such a thing? Not to mention his flip-flopping on pro-life.

Is abortion a "wedge" issue? Sure.

Can you infer something about a politician's attitudes towards certain things or people by looking at HIS PAST ACTIONS (not some subordinate or associate)??? I think so.

So tell me why this man's prior marriage is SO off limits? Are you telling me that the media wouldn't be salivating of Barack Obama actually DID have a Baby Mama hidden somewhere? Please.

It's fair game. It's your candidate's WELL DOCUMENTED past (he's written about the marriage and his philandering himself), and the American public should know about this.

* That's not an insult BTW, that's a compliment.

@ Missy

You are SO wrong for that. Isn't Mariah of color? Doesn't Nick still have some Drumline money?

If she funds his run for US Congress, then you might just have a point.

That marriage won't make it to Thanksgiving.

@ Cubbie

Welcome. Hope you stick around.

@ taltenth

I agree, but I think the story will still gain traction as we get closer to November. It needs to be told.

BTW, I noticed you said you were interning in "lily white MoCo" the other day. What part? I'm pretty familiar with the county, and I don't think you're giving us a good tag. MoCo is VERY diverse. Come down to D/T Silver Spring one afternoon and you'll see what I mean.

jjbrock said...

@spool32 I don't understand, what brush should John Mccain be painted with? He's a whore plain and simple. Any man that abandon his family to chase behind a women is just that a whore.

If he wanted to help someone get over tragedy why not his own wife? Why would McCain be looking for a woman when he already had a wife and children? A man that finds a wife finds a good thing. (BIBLE 101).

We don't see FOX doing alot of talking about this because he's their man. In my opinion he's a dirty old man. AverageBro great article.

Daedalus said...

I wonder out loud what y'all said about Bill Clinton, the Messiah of the Black People (ok, former Messiah of the Black People) when he was running for President and cheated on Mary Maglin (Hillary Clinton to some)? At least McCain was open about his failings. I remember exactly what we said back then, (shakes neck)"What he does in his bedroom is none of my business I just need my check started."(end shakes neck) @AB Stick to calling McCain a racist or something. @Spool Sweet rebuttal.

AverageBro said...


Please show me some evidence that i've called McCain as racist on this blog.

I'm waiting, and something tells me I'll be waiting awhile.

Ditto for the Clintons, whom i dont consider racists either. They are smart enough about America to know how to exploit such sentiments to their advantage, but I don't think they dislike blacks.

And about Slick Will and his philandering, I never agreed with folks who looked the other way on that.

TalentedTenth said...

@ AB....

i'm in OH...not MD. isn't uppity interning in gaithersburg? perhaps you were looking at his comment. i for one loved the DC metro area when i was getting my masters at howard. you are correct...the whole area is very diverse.

AverageBro said...


You are right, sorry for getting you two mixed up like that. My bad.

@ uppity

Please clarify.

nia said...

I don't think that big a deal has or will be made about it by the male-dominated media because to be honest it is not an uncommon practice for men to leave their wives for what they consider to be a younger, more attractive "version". The ex-Mrs. McCain, like many women probably had that fear deep down inside her all the time and probably moved on to better things.

EsheBlue said...

I lived in London for a bit and while the Daily Mail isn't the most reputable of the UK tabloids (tends to be inflammatory and sensationalist) it does have a known conservative bent. I find it interesting that they would do such an article on John McCain when alot of its articles are more in line with U.S. conservative principles than liberal. Just makes you think all around.

Wilma said...

1. McCain had his midlife crisis before I was born. Makes me realise, yet again, how incredibly old he really is.

2. When I read the article I kept thinking that Carol McCain probably doesn't have a lot of self esteem. Stop sacrificing yourself woman!

3. I do think things like these matter. Not just the fact that he left a woman that was crippled, because I don't think you should stay with someone out of pity, but the fact that he had girlfriends while married and chased after Cindy for six months while married. If it doesn't work, get a divorce, but don't humiliate your spouse like that.

jjbrock said...

@Wilma I agree with your #3.

spool32 said...


I don't excuse his cheating... just like I don't excuse Clinton's, or anybody else's. All I'm saying is that there could be any number of reasons why he did what he did, besides the "traded up for cash and advantage" angle. I'm familiar with the challenges of supporting someone with a chronic injury... the dynamic is complex and not easily explained or understood.

And thank you for the compliment! :)


Do you recall whether the Mail went after Bertie Ahern for his longtime mistress? I seem to remember it was pretty well accepted by all.

For those who don't know, yer man Bertie is the Irish PM, and has a steady young mistress whom he takes to all the state dinners and functions. His wife stays home at their mansion and takes care of the kids. Back in '03 it was big news when Bertie went home for Christmas instead of partying with his mistress... people speculated that they had a falling-out, and he had to sleep at home!

I think you're looking at through an overly simplistic lens. The MSM won't chase this story, but not because they're afraid of leftwing bias. It's because the media have consistently taken the position that Clinton was wrongly demonized for his philandering - to reverse course now would be the height of hypocrisy. I applaud those on this blog who claim not to have let Clinton off the hook, but you have to realize that you were and are in a very small minority of Democrats, on that score.

Finally - I'm not so sure that your average Clinton supporter really has any room to dislike McCain for leaving his first wife... I think he's pretty safe going after them.

Daedalus said...

@AB When I said "Stick to calling him a racist or something" I really meant that this (McCain's upgrade) is a non-issue in the grand scheme of things. Nowadays if a woman upgraded men, she would get some kind of gold star for gettting rid of a loser or some other kind of Cosmopolitan contrived mililtant feminoid foolishness. It goes both ways and its sad. Unfortunately this is the age we live in. My larger point, and beleif, that Clintons philandering was never an issue with a vast majority of "us" stands and that is why I argue in this case McCain's should also be a non issue.

Intellibrotha said...

What I see from some of the above posts is the sad reality that even females have given up on the finality of Marriage. It's a sad day indeed when people marry with low to no expectations at all. There's no sense of commitment anymore. If the one that you married doesn't raise your flag anymore, trade 'em in. Screw the vows; screw the promises; screw the supposed finality of it all. I feel really bad for Carol--she got thrown under the bus. She thought she married a man of integrity, but he proved the opposite.

Vee (Scratch) said...

I wonder if this story broke when he's was running against G.W. Bush for the Republican nomimee?

If this story is being picked up by the Daily Mail, then I pretty much doubt that the American media will pick this up, but if this story gets some legs in the US then, it can really damage McCain's image. I'll send this link to some folks.

. . . in the world of politics, this really matters. All their actions, inactions, body language, their parents, political association really does matter when campaign members and the media use all information about a candidate to paint a picture of their character.

Granted I could not understand how Reverend Wright became a huge issue because John Hagee was such a non-issue in comparison.

Personally I really don't care about the presidential candidates ex wives, but that story, even though its from the Daily Mail, does not paint a wholesome American picture. Not only did he abandon his wife, there was his biological daughter to consider.

Financial support does not a father make.

ama said...


nia said...

The fact that the first Mrs. McCain was a swimsuit model speaks for itself. She most likely was very aware of what type of superficial man she was marrying and what little value he saw in her beyond her looks. This is a cautionary reminder to be very aware of who you choose to marry, and why you choose to get married in the first place.

spool32 said...


And yet, just such a "superficial man" brought you the Good Friday accords, and peace in Northern Ireland.

Wilma said...

Ah good to know that it was Bill Clinton that brought us peace in Northern Ireland yet David Trimble and John Hume got the Nobel price for it...

Clinton was a positive force, but don't downplay the role of the rest will you?

Hank Nasty said...

Marriage is supposed to be forever, but I'm willing to give McCain the benefit of the doubt after several years as a prisoner of war. He probably had all kinds of psychological issues, couldn't deal with the shock of returning to (disfigured) wife and kids, all the attention, maybe guilt. What he did wasn't the right thing to do, but it was easy, something we can all relate to.

spool32 said...


I was referring to Bertie Ahern, not Clinton, and even that was something of a joke. :)

Wilma said...

Goes to show that superficial and Bill Clinton have become synonyms in my mind :)

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Well AB, it looked shady to me even before reading the article (inflammatory or not) I mean really lets just look at the facts with out all the sensationalism.

He cheated on his wife and left her (after she waited on him for five years, hell… she should declared his ass DEAD) and married the younger pretty heiress with political connections that he was cheating with. Yep smells pretty FUNKY to me. I think it speaks to his character immensely.

Wait is it just my memory or are these same republicans that support McCain the same ones that were up in arms about Bill getting a BJ? Where are all the morals and family values in that presidency? Indecent. Immoral. Let’s impeach him for lying on his dick. Wow to bad we can’t do that in real life. I think a significant number of the male population would be impeached if that ever became a law. Girl I usta teach school but I got impeached I lied on my dick and said I had hot sex with the principal when I was drunk! Anyway…

I guess its cool if you marry your sideline ho, but if you were to stay with your wife and try to work through the vows then IMPECHMENT!! And you know I don’t even like That Woman either. *lol*

Man this GOP dudes they got balls the size of Texas!


mynameismyname said...

Yeah, I agree with AB and everyone else, McCain seems like a little gigolo. Trading in your first swimsuit model wife for a blonder, younger, richer one ...if that's not pimpin', what isn't?

I thought politicans were supposed to marry ambitious, educated, cream-of-the-top-women (a la Obama)? So, heiresses and swimsuit models are acceptable for presidental candidates' wives? I wonder how people would respond if Obama was married to Esther Baxter, for example? LOL.

People, rich or poor, young or old, black or white, do what McCain did. It just proves that marriage is not legitimate for many, many people. It's all money, status, prestige and the overall presentation, amongst other things.

Missy's comment about Nick Cannon was so stupid. Mariah's a Negro her damn self so they're not an interracial couple. And Cannon is far from broke. He still gets Nickeloden residuals so get your mind right.

spool32 said...

"I thought politicans were supposed to marry ambitious, educated, cream-of-the-top-women (a la Obama)? So, heiresses and swimsuit models are acceptable for presidental candidates' wives?"

You mean like Teresa Heinz Kerry? Oops, your boy from '04 divorced his first heiress wife, even though they had two daughters and she was suffering from severe depression, to marry a younger, richer ketchup heiress!

After the 1st wife requested an increase in alimony in 1995, Kerry sought an annulment of their marriage from the Catholic Church! Kerry eventually received the annulment from the Boston diocese despite Thorne’s vehement objections. Gotta keep that ketchup money in his pockets, you know?

His first wife said she always hated politics... but Teresa has no problems with it. I guess the old depressed model had to go!

Now who's the hypocrite, eh? Have a look at which box you checked 4 years ago before you start bashing McCain for his marital choices.

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