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18 years younger, blonde, perfect politician wife… I was addicted to painkillers

John McCain and his wife Cindy are candidates for Republican president in January 2008. AP=Yonhap News

Blonde hair elegantly dressed in a bright red luxury suit, flawless nails and makeup. One of the hottest figures in the 2008 US presidential election was Cindy, the wife of opposition Republican candidate John McCain. There was also a rating that he was a typical trophy wife for the appearance of him clapping passionately without hiding a proud smile by his husband’s side. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, Trophy Wife refers to a young, gorgeous-looking woman who is married to a successful middle-aged man. John McCain was born in 1936 and Cindy was born in 1954, overcoming the 18-year age gap.

Cindy McCain’s appreciation, however, is shining even more since her husband died of a brain tumor in 2018. He recently published his autobiography, Stronger: Courage, Hope & Humor in My Life with John McCain. McCain said in the 2008 presidential election that it was truly the perfect image of the’politician’s wife’. “This autobiography honestly reveals how hard he was to show that perfect image.” “A lot of ordinary women will be able to relate to the story he confesses,” he said.

Cindy McCain weeps at her husband's funeral in 2018.  The red nail is impressive.  AP=Yonhap News

Cindy McCain weeps at her husband’s funeral in 2018. The red nail is impressive. AP=Yonhap News

His husband John’s nickname was’maverick’. Although he was a member of the Republican Party, he was conservative to his bones, but sometimes he rebelled against the policy the party had decided and expressed his own voice. There have also been many times to openly rebel against former President Donald Trump. Thanks to that, the Democratic Party was respected as a’reasonable conservative’ image.

After her husband’s death, Cindy was invited to follow him to advance into the political world, but refused. Instead, the political voice continues. It is to keep her husband’s maintenance. Recently, when former President Trump raised suspicions about the results of the Arizona state election, saying that the presidential election in November last year was manipulated, he said, “Stop it,” and said, “The election is over and it was fair.” The political home of the McCain family is in Arizona, and John McCain served as Arizona State Senator for 36 years, starting in 1982. Arizona is considered a Republican garden, but in the last presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, not Trump, raised the hand.

Cindy herself decided not to enter the political world, but she said she wrote this autobiography in honor of her husband. In an interview with WP, he said, “I wanted to remember the humor that supported him and me when I was with my husband, especially when it was difficult, and pressed it down on a piece of paper.”

Cindy McCain's autobiography cover. [펭귄 랜덤하우스 출판사 홈페이지 다운로드]

Cindy McCain’s autobiography cover. [펭귄 랜덤하우스 출판사 홈페이지 다운로드]

It is said that it was Mrs. Jill Biden, the current First Lady, who introduced Cindy to John McCain. John McCain, a Vietnamese veteran and a politician from an orthodox military family, was a married man at the time. Jill Biden introduced the two hoping to be friends, but the two eventually got an affair. John McCain’s two-year-old wife, Carol, was a political aide, former president of Ronald Reagan, who served as head of the visitor center at the White House.

John McCain's first wife, Carol McCain (left), was taken by then-President Ronald Reagan and the White House.  A former political aide, he was in charge of the visitor center at the White House at the time. [레이건 라이브러리 캡처]

John McCain’s first wife, Carol McCain (left), was taken by then-President Ronald Reagan and the White House. A former political aide, he was in charge of the visitor center at the White House at the time. [레이건 라이브러리 캡처]

Since then, Carol McCain recalled, “The divorce was the most difficult time in my life,” and “because I had to lose my best friend as well as my husband.” John McCain, however, admitted his fault to Carol and promised real estate and lifelong cash assistance. Carol’s marriage to John McCain was a remarriage, and she had children with her ex-husband, who promised to pay all their college tuition. After that, the two had a friendly relationship, and in the 2008 presidential election, Carol said that she supported her ex-husband.

Was it because of the guilt that made Carol McCain’s eyes bleed? Cindy McCain was obsessed with the image of the perfect politician’s wife. Let’s go back to the 2008 contest. He showed the perfect image at the time, but in fact he was suffering from the aftereffects of a stroke. The pain in the body continued, but I endured it by taking painkillers, and in 2004, I finally recovered from a stroke after falling down. At the time, his age was just 50. WP interpreted, “I was sick of trying to keep pushing myself without knowing that I was addicted to painkillers.” He collapsed while trying to show the image of a politician husband’s perfect helper.

John McCain and Cindy McCain at the 2000 Republican Presidential Contest.  AP=Yonhap News

John McCain and Cindy McCain at the 2000 Republican Presidential Contest. AP=Yonhap News

It is said that Cindy’s role model was Jill Biden, the current first lady. Cindy McCain told WP, ​​“When I married John, I was too young, unlike the wives of other politicians, and everyone thought of me as a’new blonde girl’. I learned a lot by seeing the natural appearance of doing things.”

Cindy McCain (middle) and two sons.  AFP=Yonhap News

Cindy McCain (middle) and two sons. AFP=Yonhap News

WP finally asked him this question. Do you really have any plans to advance into the political world? Cindy’s answer was this.

“I don’t think so. Instead, someone on the McCain family wants John’s Yuji to go into politics. There are 4 children between me and John, and there are 3 other children (between John and Carol), so I hope some of them will.”

Reporter Jeon Sujin [email protected]


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