June 25th, 2009
04:08 PM ET
13 years ago

A South Carolina first lady, scrutinized

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/25/southcarolina.jenny.sanford.profile/art.sanford.wife.cnn.jpg caption="Jenny Sanford, here with her husband, was a Wall Street executive before she married Mark Sanford."](CNN) - Sharp-witted. Direct. In control. Loyal.

That's how friends describe Jenny Sanford, the wife of Gov. Mark Sanford, who confessed to the nation in a rambling news conference that he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

Jenny Sanford, unlike so many wives of cheating politicians, was not there facing the cameras, standing beside her husband.

A reporter asked the governor if he and his wife of 20 years were separated.

"I'm here, and she's there," he replied.

As romantic e-mails between her husband and his mistress were published by a local newspaper Thursday, the state's first lady, a former Wall Street executive, stayed far away from reporters. She was at the family's home on Sullivan Island in South Carolina with her four sons and a few friends.

"Don't you know that is what Jenny Sanford is about? That is what is authentic about Jenny Sanford. She is not going to humiliate herself by standing next to a story," said Cyndi Mosteller, a friend of the Sanfords since 1992 and the former first vice chairwoman of the South Carolina GOP.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford
August 28th, 2008
08:50 PM ET
14 years ago

The columns...it's all a bit much, say conservatives

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(CNN) - The Temple of Obama. Barackopolis. Egobama.

The descriptions of the transformation of Denver's Invesco Field peppered the Republican blogosphere hours before Barack Obama was set to address a dancing, jubilant crowd of 76,000 supporters on the Democratic National Convention's final night.

Designed by Emmy Award-winning entertainment behemoths, the set has spectacular columns, concert lighting, JumboTrons and rising royal blue circular stairs - an arena where warm-up acts such Will.i.am and Sheryl Crow looked right at home. Stevie Wonder led the crowd in a sing-a-long, "Bah-hah-rack-O-bama!"

Watch: GOP calling Obama's stage 'Barackopolis'

The conservative online magazine The American Thinker remarked that the stage made use of the "basic stagecraft of visual illusion."

"He has 300 foreign policy advisers - and for his convention speech, a football stadium equipped with a movie set that looks like a Greek temple," nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh wrote on his blog Thursday. "He claims to be the one that 'we have been waiting for,' and he can lower the seas and promise and deliver universal love simply by showing up."

"The polls are overestimating Obama, just as he is overestimating himself," Limbaugh said.

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