[xmca] Fwd: A personal experience with John McCain

From: Shirley Franklin <s.franklin who-is-at dsl.pipex.com>
Date: Thu Oct 02 2008 - 05:19:00 PDT

Perhaps some of you may have read this disgusting true story?

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> sage:
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>> From: "shermuse@sonic.net" <shermuse@sonic.net>
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>> Sent: Wednesday, 1 October, 2008 7:30:27
>> Subject: A personal experience with John McCain
>> Subject: A Personal Experience of McCain
>>>> Mary Kay Gamel is a literature and classics professor at UCSC.
>>>> She is asking
>>>> people to send the letter she wrote far and wide.
>>>> It was just before John McCain's last run at the
>>>> presidential nomination in 2000 that my husband and I
>>>> vacationed in Turtle Island in Fiji with John McCain, Cindy,
>>>> and their
>>>> children, including Bridget (their adopted Bangladeshi child).
>>>> It was not our intention, but it was our misfortune to
>>>> be in close quarters with John McCain for almost a week,
>>>> since Turtle Island has a small number of bungalows and their
>>>> focus on communal meals force all vacationers who are there at the
>>>> same time to get to know each other intimately.
>>>> He arrived at our first group meal and started reading
>>>> quotes from a pile of William Faulkner books with a forest
>>>> of Post-Its sticking out of them. As an English Literature
>>>> major myself, my first thought was "if he likes this so much,
>>>> why hasn't
>>>> he memorized any of this yet?" I soon realized that McCain
>>>> actually thought we had come on vacation to be a volunteer
>>>> audience for his
>>>> "readings" which then became a regular part of each meal. Out of
>>>> politeness, none of the vacationers initially protested at this
>>>> intrusion into
>>>> their blissful holiday, but people's buttons definitely got
>>>> pushed as
>>>> the readings continued day after day. Unfortunately this was
>>>> not his only contribution to our
>>>> mealtime entertainment. He waxed on during one meal about
>>>> how Indo-Chine women had the best figures and that our
>>>> American corn-fed women just couldn't meet up to this standard.
>>>> He also made
>>>> it a point that all of us should stop Cindy from having dessert
>>>> as her weight was too high and made a few comments to Amy, the
>>>> 2 5 year
>>>> old wife of the honeymooning couple from Nebraska that she should
>>>> eat less as she needed to lose weight.
>>>> McCain's appreciation of the beauty of Asian women was
>>>> so great that David the American economist had to move his
>>>> Thai wife to the other side of the table from McCain as McCain
>>>> kept
>>>> aggressively flirting with and touching her. Needless to say I
>>>> was irritated
>>>> at his large ego and his rude behavior towards his wife and
>>>> other women, but
>>>> decided he must have some redeeming qualities as he had adopted a
>>>> handicapped child from Bangladesh. I asked him about this one
>>>> day, and
>>>> his response was shocking: "Oh, that was Cindy's idea
>>>> - I didn't have anything to do with it. She just went and
>>>> adopted this thing without even asking me.
>>>> You can't imagine how people stare when I
>>>> wheel this ugly, black thing around in a shopping cart in
>>>> Arizona .
>>>> No, it wasn't m y idea at all."
>>>> I actively avoided McCain after that, but unfortunately
>>>> one day he engaged me in a political discussion which soon
>>>> got us on the topic of the active US bombing of Iraq at that
>>>> time. I was shocked when he said, "If I was in charge, I would
>>>> nuke Iraq to teach them a lesson". Given McCain's personal
>>>> experience with the horrors of war, I had expected a more
>>>> balanced point
>>>> of view. I commented on the tragic consequences of the nuclear
>>>> attacks on Japan
>>>> during WWII -- but no, he was not to be dissuaded. He went on to
>>>> say that if it was up to him he would have dropped many more
>>>> nuclear bombs on Japan. I rapidly extricated myself from this
>>>> conversation
>>>> as I could tell that his experience being tortured as a POW
>>>> didn't seem to have mellowed out his perspective, but rather
>>>> had made him
>>>> more aggressive and vengeful towards the world.
>>>> My final encounter with McCain was on the morning
>>>> that he was leaving Turtle Island. Amy and I were happily
>>>> eating pancakes when McCain arrived and
>>>> told Amy that she shouldn't be having pancakes
>>>> because she needed to lose weight. Amy burst into tears at
>>>> this abusive comment. I felt fiercely protective of Amy and
>>>> immediately turned to McCain and
>>>> told him to leave her alone. He became
>>>> very angry and abusive towards me,
>>>> and said, "Don't you know who I am."
>>>> I looked him in the face and said,
>>>> "Yes, you are the biggest asshole I
>>>> have ever met" and headed back to my cabin.
>>>> I am happy to say that later that day when I
>>>> arrived at lunch I was given a standing ovation by
>>>> all the guests for having stood up to McCain's bullying.
>>>> Although I have shared my McCain
>>>> story informally with friends, this is
>>>> the first time I am making this public. I almost did so in 2000,
>>>> when McCain first announced his bid for the Republican
>>>> nomination, but it soon becam e apparent that George Bush
>>>> was the shoo-in candidate and so
>>>> I did not act then. However, now that
>>>> there is a very real possibility
>>>> that McCain could be elected as our
>>>> next president, I feel it is my duty
>>>> as an American citizen to share this story.
>>>> I can't imagine a more scary outcome for America than that this
>>>> abusive, aggressive man should lead our nation. I have observed
>>>> him in intimate surroundings as he really is, not how the
>>>> media portrays him to be. If his
>>>> attitudes toward women and his treatment of his
>>>> own family are even a small indicator of his real
>>>> personality, then I shudder to think
>>>> what will happen to America were he
>>>> to be elected as our President.
>>>> --
>>>> Mary-Kay Gamel
>>>> Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts
>>>> Cowell College
>>>> University of California, Santa Cruz
>>>> Santa Cruz, California 95064
>>>> 831-459-2381
>>>> (office); 831-429-8803
>>>> (home)&nbs p; mkgamel@ucsc.edu<mailto:mkgamel@ucsc.edu>
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