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"Obama is an Arab" Follow-Up Interview

Even after John McCain corrects her, informing her that Barack Obama is an upstanding American, she still believes Obama is an Arab.

First, the correction by McCain:

And now the amazing and revealing follow up interview:

He rname is Gayle Quinnell and she has literature she received at a McCain campaign office which says Obama is an Arab.

Transcript of the Interview, courtesy of Noah Kunin at theuptake.com:

Gayle Quinnell: I went to the library in Shakopee and I got lots of ... three pages of information about Obama

Adam Aigner of NBC News: And what kind of information did you get?

Quinnell :I got to tell you , you call me. It's a long story. I'm afraid of what's going to happen to this country.

Aigner: What would you think would happen? Do you think it would become Muslim country and what would that mean?

Quinnell :It would be bad

Aigner: So even though Senator McCain told you that he didn't feel that was true and you ought to be more respectful, you still fear that?

Quinnell I still do. Yeah. I'm not alone. I go to Burnsville, the main Republican headquarters and I do a lot of work over there. A lot of sending out mail and talking to people. And all the people agree with what I'm saying to you about Obama.

Aigner :Then do you feel there are a lot of volunteers for McCain who feel that way?

Quinnell Yes. A lot of them. In fact I got a letter from another woman that goes over there to Burnsville and she sent me more things about Obama.

Aigner:What was on the letter?

Quinnell Oh all kinds of bad things about him and how, I mean I have to tell you to call me. It's all bad.

Reporter: Are a lot of people getting this letter and are a lot of people believeing it and is that turning a lot of votes or support for McCain?

Quinnell Yeah I sent out 400 letters. I went to Kinkos and I got them all printed out. And I sent about 400 letters. I went in the telephone book and sent them out to people. So they can decide if they would want Obama.

Aigner :Can you give me your name again?

Quinnell Gayle Quinnell and I honestly think that these people hear about this Obama, they wouldn't want him.

Aigner: Because they would know what you know in the letter?

Quinnell Yeah, he read that letter. In fact when I was standing in line , there were about eight girls, young girls standing in line. And they said "what have you got". I had one of the letters and they said "Give it to me. I want to read it. I want to read it" And they read it. And they just went (shakes head) . They hadn't read it before and they didn't (unintelligible) all that information. To me it's bad news.

Aigner : So maybe if I call you you'll give me one of the letters maybe?

Quinnell I sure can!

Aigner: You don't have another one on you now?

Quinnell No I don't. But I can give you what I got and I can give you what she sent me in the mail.

Aigner: I'd be interested to read it.

Quinnell OK

Aigner:: and can you spell your name for me?

Quinnell Q-U-I-N-N-E-L-L

Aigner: E-L-L? And Gayle is just

Quinnell G-A-Y-L-E

Aigner: And where you from?

Quinnell I'm from Shakopee.

Aigner: Shakopee?

Quinnell Shakopee, Minnesota

Aigner: And and I'm sorry how old are you ma'am?

Quinnell I'm 75

Aigner : 75?

Quinnell (Nods yes) And I got a lot of grandkids and a lot of kids, I've got five kids. I got seven grandkids and they all think the same way.


Noah Kunin( The UpTake): Do you volunteer at the Republican Party Headquarters or the McCain Campaign office over in Burnsville?

Quinnell McCain. McCain Headquarters in Burnsville.

Noah: The McCain headquarters.

Quinnell It's out over by , over by that post station there.

Noah: Yeah, I know which one you're talking about. And just to be sure to make sure we got your quote OK, you called Obama and Arab terrorist

Quinnell pardon?

Noah: You called him an Arab terrorist? Is that correct? Why do you think he is an Arab?

Quinnell Because his dad is. If you... I'll send you the paper.

Female reporter: His dad is Muslim His dad was Muslim. Barack Obama has never been a Muslim.

Quinnell No but he's....

Dana Bash of CNN :he's a Christian.

Quinnell He's not an Arab either, he's a

Bush: His father was Muslim, and he's a Christian.

Quinnell Yeah , but he's still got Muslim in him. So that's still part of him. I got all the stuff from the library and I could send you all kinds of stuff on him. In fact....

Bush: What did you think about McCain said. He said he's a decent person.

Quinnell Well he did have didn't have (unintelligible) I think McCain wanted to (unintelligible) I don't think he wanted to say anything against him. You know he didn't want to cut him down. That was my way of thinking. I don't think he wanted to cut him down. So he just kind of brushed me off.

Reporter: Plus he criticizes Barack Obama plenty himself, so why wouldn't he do it now?

Quinnell Well I probably brought up something that he didn't want to talk about.

Reporter: Do you think John McCain thinks that he's Arab? Do you think he knows this stuff that you're saying you know is fact?

Quinnell I don't know. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want to bring it up then. I don't know why. Is there some way I can get to you more information.

Bush: Can you wait for me for like five more minutes?

Quinnell Yeah.

Bush:: I want to an interview on camera. Our camera team is occupied right now. What's your name?

Quinnell Gayle Quinnell (Spells name again)

Bush: In case I lose you, you don't have a cell phone do you?

Quinnell No I wish I had it on me but I don't.

Bush: See the pretty lady over there with red hair? That's our camera. As soon as she's done, we'll be over there Ok

Reporter: What was your reaction when Senator McCain backed away

Quinnell What was my reaction? Well when he didn't want to talk about it

She didn't believe John McCain when he told her she was wrong. She's been indoctrinated by the right wing lie and smear machine, and even after John McCain tells her Barack Obama is not an Arab she remains convinced on the basis of information given to her by other McCain Volunteers.

How many other liars are infiltrating McCain campaign organizations and spreading these lies?

Quinnell copied the lying brochure and mailed out 400 copies. The right wing lie machine is using McCain volunteers to spread vicious and untrue lies, and John McCain is powerless to stop it.

Who's behind this shadow campaign that is attempting to smear Obama, using McCain campaign contacts and GOP operating infrastructure to spread these outright lies?


Media Matters: September 22, 2008 cites Rush Limbaugh's claim during his September 22, 2008 radio show:

On the September 22 broadcast of his syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh baselessly claimed that Sen. Barack Obama is "not black," and went on to ask: "Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood?" Limbaugh continued: "He's Arab. You know, he's from Africa. He's from Arab parts of Africa. ... [H]e's not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American."

Fox News has done their part to spread this same story. Media Matters cites the June 23, 2008 broadcast of The Laura Ingram Show:

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley when she guest-hosted the June 23 broadcast of The Laura Ingraham Show. A caller to the show claimed that Obama is "not really African- American. He's Arab." In response, Crowley said that "according to this genealogy -- and again, because I haven't done the research, I can't verify this -- but according to this guy Kenneth Lamb, Barack Obama is not black African, he is Arab African."

And what has Kenneth Lamb written?

Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write history by becoming "America's first African-American president" ignore is that his father was ethnically Arabic, with only 1 relative ethnically African Negro - a maternal great-grandparent (Sen. Obama's great-great grandparent, thus the 6.25% ethnic contribution to the senator's ethnic composition.).

Mr. Lamb's thesis is based on the presumption that Obama is lying in his autobiography, using composite characters that are not true to life.

Lamb cites columns which appeared in the Washington Post on Jan. 1, 2008, and March 27, 2007 written by Richard Cohen, and other articles written by other authors as the basis for his belief that Obama created composite characters, hiding his true ethnicity.

I read the Cohen columns linked by Lamb and discovered in the March 27, 2007 column what appears to be the genesis of the conclusion drawn by Lamb that Obama created "composite characters" in his autobiography:

I tell you this story to suggest something about Barack Obama. In his memoir, "Dreams From My Father," he recounts a watershed moment of his own -- a "revelation," a "violent" awakening, an incident that "permanently altered" his "vision." Twice he tells how as a 9-year-old he went to the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia (a country where his mother had taken him to live) and came across a Life magazine article about a black man who had tried to whiten his skin through some sort of chemical process. The result was a disaster.

"I felt my face and neck get hot," Obama wrote. "My stomach knotted; the type began to blur on the page."

The child had, for the first time, confronted racism and its hideous consequences.

Only there is no such issue of Life magazine. So says the Chicago Tribune, which has gone through the Obama memoir with commendable thoroughness. The newspaper conducted "more than 40 interviews with former classmates, teachers, friends and neighbors" from Obama's youth and found both trivial and substantial differences between the stories Obama tells and those recalled by others. What emerges from the Tribune's reporting is a man who seems much less fixated than he insists on finding his racial identity.

When the Tribune told Obama that Life magazine historians could find no such story, Obama suggested it might have been Ebony -- "or it might have been . . . who knows what it was?" (The Tribune says Ebony's archivists also could not come up with such an article.) Indeed, the memory of the event/non-event is so firmly planted in Obama's mind that it seems to have become an emotional truth for him, far more powerful than an intellectual truth.

Note that at no time does columnist Richard Cohen suggest Obama created composite characters. That conclusion seems to have originated with Lamb alone. The words "arab" and "composite" do not appear anywhere in either of the Cohen columns cited by Black.

In an August 13, 2008 update, Lamb postulates that Obama has misrepresented the ethnicity of his great-grandmother and his father:

Which brings up the New York Times-created legend of Barack Obama's great grandmother. The "black" Obama "great-grandmother" trotted out by the NY Times is his "step" great grandparent. She is therefore not in his bloodline. It's a point the Times didn't dwell upon, just as they didn't bother to go to his father's relatives in the capital and show off their Arab characteristics and family photos.

This brings up another point about the senator's father. Please note that the Times ran into a serious problem describing his father's relationship with a woman in Kenya that existed when he married "Barry's" mother in Hawaii. It turns out that Mr. Obama was already married to the Kenyan (who was not African Negro either.). That makes Senator Obama the product of a bigamous marriage. And we all know what that means as far as the legality of the marriage and the legitimacy of the marriage's offspring.

Postscript: Liberal bloggers located two magazine articles which touch on the 'skin whitening' practice described by Obama - in Time Magazine and in Look Magazine,

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Comments (8)


She is a senile old woman who should not be allowed to vote. She seems unaware that not everything one finds on the internet is TRUE. She was just like "well I did my research at the library... maybe other people don't do their research."

UGH. And to know that there are many others like her is just infuriating.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

She's a victim of an intentional and deliberate misinformation campaign.

Limbaugh spread the story about Obama being an Arab.

Fox News spread it as well.

Volunteers working in the McCain campaign are spreading this misinformation.

Yes, she's 75 years old, and that's the voters these liars are attempting to influence with stories about Obama being a terrorist.

Sarah Palin and John McCain area also spreading fear among voters like Gayle Quinnell - trying to convince them Obama is dangerous.

To have Rush Limbaugh and Fox News spreading these lies is not surprising. But to have this literature distributed at McCain campaign offices to volunteers like 75 year old Gayle Quinnell shows that a deliberate campaign of fear is underway by the GOP.


I cannot believe the idiocy of this woman. I'd feel sorry for her if her ignorance wasn't so offensive. She makes massive generalisations about Muslims and Islamic culture. She seems to think all Muslims are terrorists, she's an absolute joke. It's these sorts of derogatory views that the world could do without. Even if Obama was a Muslim what's the big deal? Not voting for someone on grounds of religion is tantamount to racism. I cannot believe people in what is supposed to be the most civilised nation on earth actually think in that way.


You guys certainly have your hands full, defending the Messiah from all the scurrulous accusations emanating from the right wing smear machine. I mean you have Wright, Pflager, Ayers, Dohrn, the "Arab Connection", his stating his "Muslim Faith" in the TV interview, Rezko, the Broadway Bank, Chicago politics, the "Gaza Strip contributions, ACORN, the RICO case regarding abuse of the caucus system. And all you have to combat this is "The Keating Five". God, I certainly do not envy your days till Nov 4. I wish you luck.
And by the way, I forgot the membership in The New Party; his early mentor Frank Davis, the communist; his father, Barack Sr, being a socialist; the "pre-viable fetus" issue (what the heck is that???); the many "That's not the _________ I knew" statements. I have to quit. Just too, too much to write.
Have fun.

What can anyone say? Mc Cain callls Obama a decent man yet she still believes her stupid bullshit. Moron, idiot, shithead, stupid, IQ of cement, a houseplant is smarter, how has she managed to feed herself and still be alive, dumb as a box of hair, one of the 1,000 least evolved people on the planet, a racist, mentally handicapped, five beers short of a six-pack, beyond hope, evolution has passed her by, brain-damaged, couldn't think her way out of a paper bag, thinks Brittany Spears is a weapon Obama uses to hunt giraffes, she has a license to drive?, shouldn't have been allowed to breed, please die and soon, hope your life is as crappy as your shit-filled brain, racist, racist, racist!!

Hey codekeyguy... is this:


... what you call Obama "stating" his Muslim faith? Sigh.


Is it possible that woman was a plant by the McCain campaign to give him an opportunity to pretend he is a decent person and not inciting hatred and fueling racism?


she was correct. Obama's grandfather originally from hadhramout.


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