This week in totally disturbing nuptials news, a staffer on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign met his bride-to-be while on a tour stop on behalf of the Republican candidate. The only problem? Oh, she was 17, and he was visiting her high school. There are so many gross gems from the romance of 29-year-old Christopher Cox and his now 21-year-old bride Andrea Catsimatidis, featured in the New York Times Vows section this weekend.
While there are many celebrities who define public service as putting in two nightclub appearances in a single evening (we're looking at you, Brody Jenner), there are a few that recognize that there is a world bigger than product endorsements and tabloid covers. The men on this list are some of our favorite celebrity military veterans who have put our country's needs before their own. For your selflessness, gentleman, YourTango salutes you.
Meghan McCain is in a quandary. Since the election ended her dating life has not been easy. Some dates have voted for Barack Obama and it's awkward. Some dates have man-crushes on her dad, John McCain. And some dates seem to have crushes on her mother, Cindy McCain. Quite a quandary. Plus, dating after college has not been easy. We've put together advice for her.
The National Enquirer may have broken a new scandal. The rag reports that they have proof that the John McCain's wife has been seen out with another man. Cindy McCain was photographed (possibly, it's mad grainy) kissing a ponytailed man at a concert by The Moody Blues.
Barack Obama is a lot of things. He's a senator, a president-elect, a Harvard grad, a lawyer, and a man willing to admit his mistakes. This story did not make it into the mainstream media, but Barack Obama once screwed up the game of one Nicklaus Lovelace. During a press junket, he called out Lovelace on his babyface and ruined his game. But, because Obama is a big (if skinny) man, he manned up and apologized. Solid work, future Prez.
A friend of Barack Obama says the President-elect has grown closer to his wife during the 21-month campaign, according to an Us Weekly report confirmed by Obama’s sweet shout out to Michelle Obama during her husband’s post-election acceptance speech. “I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady,” he said. Aw! He shouldn’t have! Scratch that. He certainly should have! After all, Michelle did leave her $273,618 a-year bread-winning job as the Vice President at the University of Chicago Hospitals to stand by her husband. Like a rock, indeed!
Politics: you can't escape 'em. Even if you're not a die-hard CNBC junkie you probably have an opinion about the 2008 Presidential election, and if you don't, well that's a political decision as well. And no matter how hard you try, affairs of state will enter into your relationship in some form or another. So whether you're thinking about discussing Sarah Palin with your new beau, aruging about voting with your old man or wondering what goes on between Barack and Michelle, YourTango's got you covered. Check out our stories below to find out about the intersection of politics and relationships.
Sex and politics? Although the combination may sound strange, the two controversial subjects met yesterday at the New York Museum of Sex. The third presidential debate aired last night on every news network and also on screens inside the New York Museum of Sex. Google News reports that, "The session of naked politics took place in a hall where dozens of TV screens only minutes earlier had been filled with quite a different kind of nudity."
Huffington Post has rounded up a slideshow of John and Cindy McCain showing public displays of affection. Just looking at the lack of PDA between John and Cindy, suggests the would-be president's one true passion is cutting taxes. Little pecks on the cheek here, pats on the arm there, a couple tight-lipped smiles -- the McCains are downright prudish!
The New York Times agrees with Tango: teen marriages don't last. In fact, they're about two-and-a-half times more likely to end in divorce. According to the Times, in the 1950s the female marrying median age was 19, and nuptials in the second decade of life were so common the phrase "teen marriage" wasn't commonly used. Today the median age is 25.5. Teen brides may be less common today because fewer teen girls are getting pregnant, however the Times points out that there's no way to know how many of the 19-year-olds who married in the 1950s did so because they had a diaper-filler on the way.
You probably heard that news that John McCain's VP nominee Sarah Palin has a seventeen-year-old daughter, Bristol, who is pregnant and plans to marry the father. In today's New York Times there's a piece with the headline, "In Political Realm "Family Problem" Emerges as Test." Swap in the word "relationship" instead of "political," and you could be describing the experience of meeting your significant other's family. The questions in both the political and relationship realms are these: How much is someone's family a reflection of them, and should your lover's clan influence the decisions you make about him or her? In the relationship realm, someone's family probably isn't a
Fact: Palin married her high school sweetheart, Todd, and the two danced together at the Alaska Governor's Inaugural Ball this past January. Speculation: As they were dancing Palin whispered, "Honey, that's inappropriate! Does my power turn you on?" Fact: Palin likes to hunt and fish and she eats caribou. Speculation: Her affinity for "manly" activities helps hold the Palin marriage together, although the spousal competition gets tough when Palin catches bigger fish than her husband.
In many families, brothers from different mothers (or fathers) never give a second thought to the "half" nature of their relationship. Not so with Cindy McCain and half-sister Kathleen Hensley Portalski. The pair, daughters of Jim Hensley, founder of the beer company that Cindy oversees, sit on opposite sides of the political fence. In an interview with US Weekly, Portalski voiced her support for Barack Obama, saying that she and her half-sister share different political viewpoints. Portalski, whose mother was Hensley's first wife, described Cindy as "standoffish" to the weekly. She also said the potential First Lady had never made efforts to reconcile a relationship, though there was no mention of what the original beef between the two had been.
Finally, someone is asking the voters the tough questions. Which candidate would you rather kiss? Overwhelmingly Match.com users would rather pucker up with Barack Obama than John McCain. The 1,433 readers, per Reuters, rated Obama higher than McCain by a 77 to 23 ratio. The article goes on to mention that the poll was not scientific, which in this case probably means that the users had to practice kissing their hands rather than stand-ins for the Senators.
John McCain press corps got silence instead of 'straight talk' when asked by a reporter what he would do about the fact that some health insurance plans cover Viagra but not birth control. Watch his awkward answer regarding b.s. double standards after eight seconds of squirming!
If Republican presidential candidate John McCain wants to energize his party, he'll have to pander to bigots and use gay rights as "wedge issues" to create divisiveness and friction among voters. Does that suggestion make you see red, too? It's the advice of an editor at the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard who spoke on the show "Fox News Sunday" about the McCain campaign. The liberal web site Think Progress reports that executive editor Fred Barnes said McCain can appeal to more conservative voters by selling out LGBT folks.
Years after Kanye West's hit single "Gold Digger" ripped up dance floors, gold digging has hit the papers once again. Sweet little Audrey Tautou, from the film "Amelie," stars in "Priceless," a French film that opens this week in London. In it she plays a woman who selects her boyfriends based on one thing: money. One film hardly screams "TREND!" However, London's Daily Mail is noted for their scaremongering articles about sexual politics (women think about shopping as much as men think about sex, John McCain ditched his disabled wife for hot babe Cindy, etc.) But this time, the paper takes a surprisingly (for them) feminist stance against gold digging.