February 12, 2004

Gary Sinise -- American

I was watching FNC while getting ready for work, and they had Gary Sinise on, along with the widow of a Marine killed in Iraq. They were there to talk about a charity they're involved in that helps supports the families of those with loved ones killed overseas. What a nice change to see a celebrity with a sincere desire to help and to support our troops and their families. At the end of the segment, he asked if he could say one thing, and what he had to say was that there wasn't enough coverage of all the wonderful things our troops do in Iraq and Afghanistan. He talked about schools that our troops have rebuilt, kids hugging and crawling all over our soldiers, happy Iraqi people.

Gary Sinise is one of the good guys, and I'm glad to have had the chance to listen to his story this morning.

Update: if you go to FNC's video clip page, and scroll down to Foxlife, you'll find a clip of the segment from this morning.

Posted by Ithildin at February 12, 2004 7:50 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Thank you for sharing this!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at February 12, 2004 9:29 AM

I've always really liked Gary Sinise (he's very sexy), I think he is a terrific actor. Now I'm glad to know that he is also a terrific man. Just makes me like him more.

Posted by: Nikki at February 12, 2004 9:42 AM

We need to find out what the name of the charity is. I'd like to link to it.

We should ALL link to it, come to think of it.

Posted by: Easycure at February 12, 2004 12:30 PM

EZ, I have a memory like a sieve, so I googled what I thought I remembered -- Heros Foundation -- and found it.

Intrepid Foundation

Posted by: Ith at February 12, 2004 12:43 PM

I saw that Fox segment also. Sinise had volunteered twice for USO tours into Iraq and Afghanistan. I had the sense from Sinise of the attitude that must have motivated Bob Hope and his generation. I particularly liked how Sinise emphasized how the good work of American troops in rebuilding Iraq is being missed by the media.

Also, the widow was a model of class. She was given the lead-in about whether she felt betrayed by the absence of WMDs. The Post-Vietnam style pioneered by John Kerrie would have required her to say she how betrayed she was, but, instead, she expressed the pride her late husband had in his job and in the work that he did, and in her own pride in the same. She clearly felt that her husband's life mattered.

A little back and forth in the comments on my blog got me to think about something I had never really though about. When I was in 2d grade we moved to LA - came to California actually - because my father shipped out to Vietnam. We got letters from him and the like, but he was gone for a year. Then he came back. I started thinking about the cruelty that people like Kerrie inflicted on the families of soldiers who didn't come back by telling them that their husbands and fathers had thrown away their lives as pawns in an evil project.

It makes me want to defeat Kerrie in November in a way I have never felt in any election. I don't think I'm alone.

Posted by: Peter Sean Bradley at February 12, 2004 2:12 PM

Gary Sinise played Lt. Dan. He knows his war.

Posted by: Agatha at March 4, 2004 11:33 AM