The Story of Nicki Gullett and Bridget McCain

By Julia Hoppock

Sep 2, 2008 9:25pm

Sen. John McCain’s former aide Wes Gullett just spoke at the Republican convention, telling the story about how Cindy McCain, visiting one of Mother Theresa’s orphanages on a trip abroad, brought home two Bangladeshi orphans.

John and Cindy McCain adopted one of them, Wes Gullett and his wife Deborah adopted the other.

It’s a remarkable story, one that probably doesn’t get told enough.

Cindy was standing in amazement visiting 160 abandoned newborn baby girls at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh when nuns handed her one with a cleft palate so severe she couldn’t even be fed. As Newsweek reported, Cindy became worried that the baby, and another one with a heart defect, would die without medical attention so she applied for medical visas to take them back to the U.S., though the country’s minister of health refused to sign the papers.

Reported Newsweek’s Holly Bailey: "’We can do surgery on this child,’ an official told her.

"Cindy, frustrated, slammed her fist on the table. ‘Then do it! What are you waiting for?’ The official, stunned, simply signed the papers.

"’I don’t know where I got the nerve,’ Cindy said.

"When she arrived in Phoenix, she carried the baby with the cleft palate off the plane.

"Her husband met her at the airport. He looked at the baby. ‘Where is she going,’ he asked her.

"’To our house,’ she replied."

The McCains adopted the baby with the cleft palate, Bridget, and the Gulletts adopted the other one, Nicki. Both children required a lot of medical attention, but the Gulletts never saw a hospital bill.

There’s a lot of really nasty stuff out there about both the Obamas and the McCains. The good stuff is rarely discussed.

- jpt

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