Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Oliver North & The USO
Oliver North is one of those people who had been demonized by the MSM. Since I wasn't paying attention to politics in the 80's I didn't know much of what was going on until I started researching things in the 90's. And I remember being shocked at how great a guy North was after seeing him and hearing him talk for myself. It was one of the times I realized I had unwillingly let the MSM shape my views of someone. All that to say I think North is an amazing man and a Great American.
He had a great show on the other night talking about the different entertainers that have sacrificed time and money to entertain the troops over the years through the USO. It greatly increased my respect level for many of them. I thought I would highlight several of them since we are always bashing Hollywood when they do something wrong. I thought it would be nice to point out when they do something right.
One of the people that most surprised me was Joan Jett. She has been singing to the troops since the 80's. She purposely asks to go to places that aren't as comfortable. She figures the people in remote areas need a bigger morale booster than those in nicer places. And she doesn't mind sacrificing comfort. Pretty amazing.
Everyone knows about Bob Hope. But it is worth mentioning what an awesome support he has always been to the troops. When he died I remember them talking about how many presidents he had met and how many wars he had entertained troops. It is pretty impressive and really instills respect in me for what a great guy he was.
It also is worth mentioning that these entertainers do this at their own expense and don't get paid. Some of the others were Ann Margaret (who I didn't realize was a big star in the 60's & 70's)(reveals my age and that I'm not a fan of old movies), Wayne Newton, Bo Derek and Gary Sinise. My hats are off to them for supporting our troops!!
UPDATE: I am switching computers tomorrow and getting road runner so I may be out of commission for a day or two. Hopefully not longer than that.
Also, check out an excellent poem on Sandy's Blog. It is a must read!!