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Cindy McCain wears $300,000 outfit

Apparently, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that bling. Vanity Fair is reporting that the potential82621280_2 First Lady Cindy McCain — known for her rhinestone lapel pins — wore three-carat diamond earrings estimated at $280,000 and a $4,500 Chanel watch on Tuesday night. Tally that with her $3,000 Oscar de la Renta dress.
Here are VF's estimates:

Laura Bush
Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

Cindy McCain
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

"There is nothing new except what has been forgotten." - Marie Antoinette

Clearly, McCain thinks the red carpet leads to the White House. But with foreclosures galore and that pesky recession ever nipping at our Louboutin heels, isn't it time to cut back on the glitz? And does she really need four strands of pearls?--Monica Corcoran

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I think that most people do not have a problem with others having a lot of money, the problem comes up when people have so much money that they can not even count it...and still they want more. I believe the McCain's didn't even know how many homes they have. I think that it is a litle to much!

TO: Lorenzo Q. Squarf, Flamekeeper of Western Civilization

Highly principled - McCain? Remember Carol McCain the woman he dumped for money? Remember Cindy McCain's half sister? Remember that Cindy once used cocaine, probably still is considering her thin stature..

So let's see...Teresa Heinz-Kerry got constantly criticized during the 2004 election season and now Cindy McCain is all class???

She's a beer heiress with no class from U$C.

Did anyone see her rocking the Palin baby in the audience during the convention? What a pander on her part!!!

If you want other countries to repect the U.S our leadership has to show humbleness and leadership. Other counties citizens are living in rock houses and way more severe conditions. This is what inspire terrorism and they dont want to admit it. If I was living like a dog and america invaded my country and they are living like this, why wouldn't I be inspired to fight against the vanity of the americans. America is the greatest country in the world, but the leaders are killings us by the examples they are setting. Be thankful and be humble and live clean and that will resonat eto other countries to rally araound our example. Our example sucks right now.

$3000 dress? What is the total of what obama wears? Oh, that's right the press doesn't concern itself with anything the democrats are doing this year.

Mrs. Bush looked dignified and business-like, if dowdy and a bit over made-up. She's been wearing more and more makeup over the years and it's getting too thick. Her eye makeup in particular is getting heavy and harsh.

Mrs. Palin looked professional and dignified as well, minus the heavy make up and the dowdiness. She could have gone with a slightly brighter color--the beige was rather bland. Obviously, she was working with a smaller budget but did a better job.

In contrast, Mrs. McCain looked like she was going to a fancy party--her outfit screamed: holiday charity gala! Mrs. McCain's hair dresser needs to convince her to cut some of that bleached hair off and to tone down the blonde. It looks thin, stringy, and damaged. She over did it. I imagine she worked harder and longer on her "look" than Mr. McCain did on his speech, and it showed.

Mrs. Obama looked fresh, vital, and elegant, professional but unpretentious.

Mrs. Clinton looked like a giant Creamsicle.

Interesting statistic on the Republican delegates per CBS News last night: 51% of them make at least $500,000 a year.

Let them eat cake

What a great class warfare discussion VF and the Times have touched off.

Cherie said it best. If some of you are that jealous of the wealth of Cindy McCain then I suggest you get off this board and pursue additional ways of making more money. This country is the best place to do so. You can be as successful and/or wealthy as you wish to be if you have the drive and ingenuity to make it happen.

$280,000 of that was for the 3 carat earrings?
all you have to do is google 3 carat earrings, and the most expensive pair you get is about $40,000.
so vanity fair, where this $300,000 total outfit cost number came from is saying the earrings cost $280,000 of that?
and some people say the media, and hollywood, isn't biased!

Yea, and Obama is the elitist. You folks better wakeup. You are being robbed blind. I just shake my head when the poor and middle-class rightwingers speak about not wanting "people to have government handout." Well, what do you call Blackwater, Haliburton, Parsons, KBR? Since corporations are considered a "person," I am not writing incorrectly when I tell you, "persons are getting government handouts."
They are stealing 12 billion a month, why are you rightwingers complaining about that. I am no fan of long-term welfare, but stackup the yearly welfare handouts to this theft.

I am a die hard Democrat, and I say, why are we focused on whay Cindy McCain wears or looks like? Personal money honestly obtained can be spent however. I know many women who wear 3 carat rings, and they do not cost $200k.

Let's be real, the only person even close to an average American is Ms. Palin.

The issues are the deaths of American soldiers, the continued transfer of wealth due to the credit and housing crises, and unemployment. None of which could be addressed if Cindy sold her diamonds and pearls.

Democrats don't have anything better to write about than the Republican's fashion? Hmmm...nothing was said about Palin's outfits or for that matter John McCain's. Cindy McCain is a multi-millionaire and she looks exquisite and very classy.

Maybe everything she wore is 'on loan' to her to look great for her husband's acceptance speech. Come on people, don't take the supposed costs of these items too seriously. (Yawwwnnn!) Much ado about nothing!

I also don't care what the McCain's make, or the volume of their family money, or even their honest or not-so-honest ways. This is about judgment. Cindy McCain is not a celebrity, and she is not simply "in the public eye". She (right along with her husband) is trying to solicit votes to REPRESENT this country (everyone, regardless of party) back to us, and to the rest of the world -- and to make choices for our future. Want to win?... Use a little common sense, and - knowing what I hope (God, I hope) you know about the current state of the American economy and the plight of families and businesses across the country - chose 'representation' over 'vanity' and pick an outfit that endears, not angers. Do you really want a couple at the helm that can't understand this, and make appropriate, representative choices?

This is a perfect metaphor for the GOP and those who run it: wallowing in wretched excess and flaunting every minute of it.

Here's another graphic 'total': number of times McCain voted in favor of increasing the minimum wage: zero.

Meanwhile, guess who's going to pay for the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? YOU ARE! And what's even worse--ME, TOO!

Hey, maybe you can use your next 'stimulus check' to buy a dress like Cindy's, eh?

Um....reallly? What makes you all believe that Vanity Fair is right? Over $200,000 for 3 carat earrings?AND even if they are how would Vanity Fair even know? They pluck them off her ears after the speech and get them appraised? Besides, maybe they were her mother's? Same with the pearl necklace.....You all think she ran out one day and spent $300,000 for her RNC outfit??? What she spent on her outfit (minus the jewelry whos cost CANT be proven) is nothing compared to what Hollywood actors/actresses spend 10+ times a year for awards shows and premiers. Guarantee if you had the money and you were going to be on national television representing your husband you wouldn't bat an eyelash forking over thousands to look good. Only argument I could see made here was if she was using campaign funds....clearly she need not to.

Why doesn't Cindy spend time reading to blinded vets in VA hospitals? Or helping displaced people in Louisana? Or helping people find jobs in Flint, Michigna? Or work with sick kids on Native American reservations?

Not enough hype? Or afraid to shine a light on the Republican foul-ups?

And another thing, ever notice how Cindy's cast makes a miraculous appearance when she isn't getting enough attention? What's up with that??

And as for her father making money. Sure did, distributing beer to the Native Americans and the the hard drinking cowboys in Arizona.

And now it is for a beer company that isn't even Ameri can-owned.

If she is going to pretend to care about us "average" people, she could at least try to look the part.

Wardrobe!!

I love Cindy Mcain and her outfits. She has class and style! Why is it ok for only Hollywood and their glitz and glamour? Just not Cindy cause why! Tell hollywood to tone down before pointing fingers at the la la lovely Mrs McCain! She can afford it! So dont worry about it! She does humanitarian work, when was the last time you did any?

Give her a fricking break. She OWNS a huge share in the hensley distributorship. She can afford it. Its HER OWN MONEY. And while you're at it, why don't you start criticising Oprah Winfrey?

It doesn't matter how much it cost, she was right there next to mother theresa taking care of orphans leave her alone stick to the issues between her husband and barack obama.

For cryin' out loud! What difference does it make what these political wives are wearing? What about the issues our country is facing? I'm WAY more interested in hearing bipartisan plans to fix the problems we are having, rather than a fashion commentary.

BTW, it's sexist to talk about what the women are wearing and also not discuss the cost of the clothing the men are wearing.

( I am female, FYI).

The way she dresses, doesn't seem appropriate for her age. You look at her face and you see, well, an older person, a person of many years. And then you look at her clothes and there's a lack of dignity; they're brash... It's just unappealing or undignified to me.

Perhaps in her mind she's still so young but her outwards appearance has moved on...sort of sad and her clothes are jarring.

Sure she's a nice person though.

The way she dresses, doesn't seem appropriate for her age. You look at her face and you see, well, an older person, a person of many years. And then you look at her clothes and there's a lack of dignity; they're brash... It's just unappealing or undignified to me.

Perhaps in her mind she's still so young but her outwards appearance has moved on...sort of sad and her clothes are jarring.

Sure she's a nice person though.

Another story that demonstrates the superficial focus by the media and ignorance of the American public - can we just focus on the issues?!

Let's all admit that the role of First Lady is irrelevant in the governance of this nation. Like Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain is a well educated woman (Masters and undergrad from USC) who yes, leads her family business - but also devotes a significant amount of time and financial resource to her philanthropic medical endeavours - AVMT and Operation Smile. Her contribution to the global community outshines the community work thus far by her Democratic counterpart, Ms. Obama (arguably, she has a few years to catch up to McCain's age).

Let's take a look: Cindy McCain is worth upwards to $100million and spent $4,000 for her Oscar De La Renta outfit (w/o jewelry); Michelle Obama makes $500K annually, and wore a Thakoon dress to the DNC convention - these dresses run between $1,000-$3,000. Now tell me, who lives within their means? So what if Cindy McCain wears a $4,000 Chanel watch and Weitzman heels- do we all think that Michelle Obama is wearing a Timex (great watch) and Payless shoes? Further, why hasn't anyone made note of the menswear designers the Presidential candidates wear - and what their suits, shirts, cufflinks and shoes cost?!

Interesting that Vanity Fair chose to spotlight her luxurious wardrobe choices to demonstrate her elitism - when their readership/subscribers are in the same demographic of the financial "elites" in the upper percentile of income earners in this country. Look at the ads in their magazine - all luxury brands!

BTW - let's also consider how many of those now in financial straits, had taken refi loans on their homes to satiate their "wants" of luxury goods, they could not normally afford. And how many of those "wants" included purchase by female buyers of exorbitantly expensive, designer handbags via their credit cards? At least Cindy McCain can pay for her luxury wants with her own personal cash, not of her husband's money?!

If the victims of our economy are so incensed with the wealthy, they should be screaming about celebrities, pro athletes and their company CEOs who are paid exorbitant amounts yet contribute little to society. We are a country that touts ambition and self-made success by its citizens - often demonstrated by their ownership of nice things.

GET OVER IT! By the way, I'm a registered Democrat!

I believe Marie Antoinette said it best for the elitist society--Let them eat cake! How can a man who slates himself and his family as the every man; wants to lead this country with a record of voting with the current administraton 95% of the time and has no clue what he owns, and his wife so brain dead she can't understand why such an ostentatious outfit would look to the "masses" trying to make enough just to get by
DBP and Jeannie had it dead on. His affair w/ wife # 2 did begin before wife 1 was gone. Keating 5 & the S&L scandal swept under the carpet. Jeannie's comments about the entire "middle class" struggle is truly of no concern to the McCain's. Elitist doesn't begin to cover it. I hadn't trulyl made up my mind before, but I have now, Obama will have my vote in November!
Valerie in AZ

I will vote issues, and for Obama......

But: Cindy spends lots of time dealing with disabled children, and does it sincerely.
I bet Cindy is a nice lady, and she's entitled to spend her money as she sees fit.

Now, if Cindy wants to invite me for a martini on her jet.......... I'll discuss my vote with her!

I have no problem with Cindy McCain wearing $300,00 worth of anything. She and her husband own seven houses and several investment properties. I'm fine with that. More power to them. However, John McCain claims to understand how the middle-class people feel and the troubles and worries that they are all experiencing. I don't think so! This is the guy who thought people making anything under $5 million a year is MIDDLE CLASS!! This guy is so far from understanding the plight of the middle class that he couldn't even talk about it in his acceptance speech. John, don't piss on me and tell me it's raining.

I think it is so wrong to spend $300,000 (or even $3,000) on an outfit when other people are going hungry. I read the comments from others that say "go ahead and enjoy it, go ahead and flaunt" and I think that is what is wrong with the world! When are we going to be more concerned with the people who are starving or don't have a place to live instead of how we can show off our wealth or how others are showing off theirs? People and animals on this planet are dying and suffering. We can change that, but we choose not to. We choose to enjoy ourselves instead, those of us who can.

All of the religions of the world teach humility and caring for your fellow beings, and how many of their followers do that? I'm an atheist and I still believe that we should help and care for the others that share this planet with us. I could never wear a $300,000 dress knowing how many people that would have fed or clothed.

Why is it relevant what they wear and what they spend? Because that tells us what their priorities are. You go media!! The issues are important yes, but how much money these people spend on themselves is an important issue!

And as for "image" and looking classy, I would rather have leaders who are intelligent than flashy dressers!

You get the government you deserve, but unfortunately those of us who didn't want it are stuck with it too!

I just think it's funny that people think she actually had to BUY this stuff. The rich get richer, people! Wake up...these were freebies.

DKLB,

cindy whatever her name WAS mccain inherited her money from her father who was a convicted bootlegger and was closely implicated implicated in other "lifestyle felonies" such as gambling. her father's legit business was being the largest seller of amhuiser-busch in arizona. because of the intricacies of the AB rules (who prefer 'hands-on' owners) even though Cindy is never there she has refused to comply and so, has access to more money than god.

what is it about rich to very rich republican arizona women who buy husbands, then foist them off on the US as presidents: Nancy Reagan performed the same trick with her stepfather's money and influence; look at what it gave california and the US, a set of puppet show political executives that began the breakup of the social contract between ages and classes.

valerie--

marie antoinette NEVER said "let them eat cake" or "let them eat brioche" or any of the versions reported.
that remark appeared before the French revolutions and was reportedly attributed to whatever queen or royal favorite was thought to be leeching the treasury. It was first attributed to her husband's ancestor, catherine de medici (if ever a woman would say such an evilly stupid thing, it would have been her!).

poor marie antoinette went through many tribulations, mostly due to french court ceremonial that she was expected to follow. a kind and sensitive (but undereducated ) woman who chaffed under the rules she was expected to follow, she is not a proper candidate for spokeswoman for our New Gilded Age republicans. i believe that she would have blushed at most of the shenanigans of our american nouveaux riches.

valerie--

marie antoinette NEVER said "let them eat cake" or "let them eat brioche" or any of the versions reported.
that remark appeared before the French revolutions and was reportedly attributed to whatever queen or royal favorite was thought to be leeching the treasury. It was first attributed to her husband's ancestor, catherine de medici (if ever a woman would say such an evilly stupid thing, it would have been her!).

poor marie antoinette went through many tribulations, mostly due to french court ceremonial that she was expected to follow. a kind and sensitive (but undereducated ) woman who chaffed under the rules she was expected to follow, she is not a proper candidate for spokeswoman for our New Gilded Age republicans. i believe that she would have blushed at most of the shenanigans of our american nouveaux riches.

Let her spend what she wants ...It is her money but she has truly terrible taste. Too much jarring color and way too shiny. Does she look in the mirror?

WHAT KIND OF WATCH DOES CINDY MC CAIN HAVE ON --- LOVE THE WHITE WATCH , ANYONE KNOW????

According to the self described left wing blogs and newspapers $280,000.00 of Cindy's outfit was her diamond earrings. AND, oh! so too bad they do not even show up in the pictures????

How does Vanity Fair know the earings cost $300,000? I couldn't even see them in any of the photos? How do they know a jeweler didn't loan them to her like they do for movie stars who attend the Oscars?

Oprah paying for Michelle Obama's dresses and jewelry?? AY LEAST CINDY McCAIN WON'T OWE ANTHING TO ANYBODY!! GOD BLESS USA WHERE ANYONE, EVEN A POOR BLACK GIRL FROM MISSISIPI LIKE OPRAH CAN BE A BILLIONAIRE!! LUV YOU CINDY!!!

Wow Regarding the comment of Average Joes, It seems that Envy is Deep Rooted in your comment. Rising up from that was her family's hard work and it's Not Anything You can't do either! Instead of criticizing her, Why don't you repent for saying things that make you sound like you don't believe in the american dream to have the oppty yourself to rise up from where ever you may be . Good for her that she can adorn herself beautifully and also serve your country and others. Most Hollywood has NOT Serviced Anyone but themselves

Seems like the days of old of why this country was founded in the first place has long been forgotten. A country that would support a peoples of truth, hard work, and loving support of families and moral values. Unfortunately, as human nature goes...once you get past the hard working, blue-collar poverty to middle-class rigamarole you tend to forget about the rest of the peoples. Humans tend to snub their noses and rub the noses of the middle-class and poor people in the gluttony and greed of wealth. Very few people tend to remember where their roots came from once they've surpassed the nonsense of "struggling to make it to the top." Perhaps it is time to look beyond the greed...to look more at what is at stake here....people have forgotten the true moral values of what makes this country so great...or did at one time...let's get back to looking inside our hearts for happiness, love, peace and kindness. Wouldn't this make for a better "peace on earth" route to take than lamblasting who has what, where and why?

Happytowear.com

Cindy Mccain is out of comtrol, momey wise.
Its a shame to spend $300.000 for a outfif with
all the people out work & hungry inTexas.

shame on you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[eyeroll]

shoe designer unkown, yet the price was listed.

i might as well go watch mtv's cribs or something

Diamonds are used to fund civil wars in places like Darfur and the Congro. Darfur is the worst case of genocide since Hitler. Her quarter of a million dollar earrings carry the blood of women and babies.

Monica Corcoran you forgot to mention the vast amounts of money Cindy Mccain spends in support of AVMT - American Voluntary Medical Team founded by her in 1988. A non-profit organization that supports and funds doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to disaster or war-torn countries. Do you know that she has led over 55 missions to Kuwait, Iraq, India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh to name a few? And did you know that her adopted daughter Bridget came from one of Mother Teresa's orphanages in Bangladesh? Just thought I'd remind you - looks like you forgot!!!

Dear Otaku, Jackie O. was the First Lady, Cindy is not. The country was not in a depression when Jackie O. was the First Lady, and if it was, she would have had enough class not to flaunt her where-with-all. Leave Michele Obama out of it, you are not qualified to say what anyone would say if she did the same thing. Second of all, she wouldn't. And for the rest of you, anyone and everyone would look good after spending that much on an outfit. That's no accomplishment.

How hypocritical for you all to be talking about one woman's earrings when Barack Obama is outspending John McCain 100 to 1.

So the anti-capitlism party is against wealth and demonstrating any kind of wealth unless you spend 4 million on a important infomercial. Think of all people that money could have helped.

I guess he not only cares about main street, he can buy and sell it.

 
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