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McCain’s Fiji Holiday Letter / A Farce
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Endeavours are being made to contact the actual author direct even though authentication was verified with the original poster Gabriel Hurtado, named on the Obama site shown below. Emails have gone to the Washington corporation address of the forwarder for further information. At this stage we have no reason to doubt the letter based on John McCain’s record, but realise it could be a nasty hoax designed to hurt those who do not support McCain. Hopefully the next 24 hours will provide the answer. I will publish any reply.
Update 1 * 17/9 – NB. Kathy the forwarder of the letter has sent me an email reply. It is published below. I have requested her to ask her friend, Ana, apparently the actual author of the email, to contact me on this matter asap.
Update 2 * 17/9 – NB. : Phoned Washington DC. Kathy is awaiting a reply from Ana to her email , will email me as soon as she hears something.
Update 3* 17/9 – NB. Am now advised that the author is Anasuya Dubey PsyD. Apparently Ana is a highly regarded person and a Clinical Psychologist who was operating and studying in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. We are trying to contact her. If anyone can supply me with her email address it would be most appreciated. Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Update* 18/9 – NB. Received an email this morning 18/9/08 @ 6.32 am from a Dr Michael Bower who claims to know Ana personally. He claims she has informed him that she has been speaking to a magazine which has requested her not to contact other media until a decision is made as to whether to go to print with Ana’s story.
NB. My immediate response..
Dear Dr Michael Bower /
Thank you for your email regarding the yet unacknowledged letter titled My Holiday with McCain. Sir, as you appear to have the ability to contact Ms Anasuya Dubey, I appeal to you to have her contact me directly to personally claim or reject authorship of this article. It is clear that whoever wrote the original piece wanted it placed in the public arena. However this is a double sided coin. It is now reasonable to expect the author if genuine, to publicly acknowledge his or her ownership of the document.Otherwise I am left with no option but to write an article stating that while the public could accept the possibility that the author now fears retribution if located, the letter could just as easily be the instrument of a well orchestrated hoax, albeit an elaborate one. In which case, if the letter is genuine, the originally stated goal of the author will never be realised. Truth must out. / Dr Bower I am sure you will agree, we need transparency here and now.
Fortune follows the Brave!
Thank you for contacting me,
Best Wishes /John Hay
Update No One — posted 9 /10 – I was emailed a phone number to call on 23 rd September,and on calling the number I spoke to a woman who identified herself as Anasuya Dubey. Ana claimed she was the author of My Holiday with McCain and that she had kept a journal which noted the contents of her letter and her experience with McCain in Fiji. She informed me that she had been approached by a number of members of the media including Barbara Walters, but had decided only at that stage to give the story to a female journalist at The New Yorker magazine. According to Ana, the magazine declined to run the story after it was written. Ana claimed that the story could be corroborated and that it was likely to be published in about a week’s time in The Washington Post. When I inquired of her again on 3rd October by email, Ana said that Michael Leahy a leading Journalist from the Washington Post was interviewing her husband that day and that – quote ” it seems highly likely that the Post will run a story sometime next week on the basis of my story. I will send you an email once he tells me exactly when a story is going into their paper”. end of quote. ————-
Update No Two — posted 9/10 – On 6th October I phoned Ana again in America and left a message inquiring about progress with the Post. I also indicated that I had left a message on Michael Leahy’s answering machine at the Washington Post requesting he either ring or email me to confirm that he was talking to you. I said that I had not heard from Mr Leahy by either phone or email since making the call. In my message to Ana, I said that unless I heard from her within 24 hours I would have no choice but to assume the letter was part of an elaborate hoax etc. I recelved her emailed reply a few hours later. It read – quote:
Dear John,– “I understand your need to hear that the story that my husband and I are telling is not a hoax (and we assure you it is not!). We are trying to have it corroborated by a major newspaper and all this is taking more time and energy than we anticipated. Newspapers have there own individual thresholds to meet — I believe we will hear definitely from the paper we are working with this week as to whether their findings on our story meet their threshold to publish a version if it. Naturally, I will respect whatever you need to do for your blog and it’s efforts”. — Thank you for your patience. — Anasuya
Update No Three — posted 9/10 – Later that day on the 6th October I sent this email reply to Ana. quote–
Dear Ana .. I will wait a few more days before doing anything on this matter. But I do need something more concrete than email assurances. Best Wishes – John
If accurate it says much about the true character of the real John McCain and is further evidence of the fact that he is totally unfit to occupy the office of President of the United States. Every American needs to read this letter to appreciate how unfit McCain is for any public office, much less the Presidency! McCain is living a lie. He is a clear and present danger to the United States.[signature]
My Holiday with McCain
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 25 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 my 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” and 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 became 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.
Thank you so much for your email re the McCain story. I really appreciate your following up.I did not write the original email or story but forwarded it from a friend who knows Ana, the woman who had this experience. Since that is the case, kindly remove my name and work address from your blog immediately. I understand she (Ana) has contacted the New York Times and the Washington Post as well as the people who were on Turtle Island with her.I am trying to reach her to ask if I can give out her name. I regret my email was mistakenly sent from my work email whereas it should have been sent via my personal email.