A lot has recently been made of Senator Obama's reference to being a citizen of the world. My fellow blogger, CDR Salamander had a recent post. His post reveals a side of a candidate that regardless of political stripe, should make every American proud. I will post it in full.
Now the world will watch and remember what we do here – what we do with this moment. Will we extend our hand to the people in the forgotten corners of this world who yearn for lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and justice? Will we lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty, shelter the refugee in Chad, and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time?
Barack ObamaCampaign Speech in Berlin, GermanyJuly 24, 2008
(I)n 1991 Cindy McCain was visiting Mother Teresa's orphanage in Bangladesh when a dying infant was thrust into her hands. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life, so Mrs. McCain brought the child home to America with her. She was met at the airport by her husband, who asked what all this was about.
Mrs. McCain replied that the child desperately needed surgery and years of rehabilitation. "I hope she can stay with us," she told her husband. Mr. McCain agreed.Today that child is their teenage daughter Bridget....
T)here was a second infant Mrs. McCain brought back. She ended up being adopted by a young McCain aide and his wife.
"We were called at midnight by Cindy," Wes Gullett remembers, and "five days later we met our new daughter Nicki at the L.A. airport wearing the only clothing Cindy could find on the trip back, a 7-Up T-shirt she bought in the Bangkok airport." Today, Nicki is a high school sophomore. Mr. Gullett told me, "I never saw a hospital bill" for her care.
Taking up on Cmdr Salamanders post, Mrs McCain has been recently subjected to dicing from some in the self appointed elitist media.
Joy Behar Hosts Larry King Live and Her Co-Hosts Call In (video), where she made comments how Mrs McCain was such a boooooring guest, when she was on The View, and Michelle Obama was soooooo...intelligent and interesting..and would make such a great First Lady..
Total Patients Seen: 11,576
Surgeries Performed Aboard: 234
Engineering projects were held at 5 different locations (3 local clinics; 1 rehab/education center; and 1 orphanage).Our Bio-Med technicians were able to repair and bring back into operation over $300,000 worth of medical equipment at various clinics.
Thousands of other American citizens emulate the compassion that the McCain's privately demonstrate. Most are content to reach out to their fellow humans across the globe and share their love, compassion and support. The author of the blog that leads my list of Favorites is such a person, Thomas Barnett who in 2004 adopted a daughter from China. He chronicled the experience in a series of blog posts that endeared him to his readers. I will indulge you with a couple of them to better understand the type of person whom is willing to reach out to do what they can to make the world a better place.