This exchange, three years ago, between comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien and Chris Kyle shows why the retired Navy SEAL was so beloved. At the time of the interview, Kyle was touring to publicize his book, American Sniper.
In the nearly-five minute interview, Kyle admits that he wished he had tried out for SEAL Team 6. Considering Kyle was the best sniper in American military history, that comes as a surprise to many.
Conan gets the good-natured Kyle to laugh throughout, asking him about the more than mile-long kill shot Kyle touted in his book. Kyle, in his usual humble way, says he was just a ‘monkey on a gun,’ a suggestion at which O’Brien scoffs.
In a striking show of respect, after Kyle repeatedly addessess Conan as ‘sir’, O’Brien says:
You don’t have to call me, sir. I’m just a talk show host. You’re up here and I’m down here.
The three-year-old interview is a refreshing change from the kind of attention that Kyle has been getting since the movie version of American Sniper hit the screen. Hollywood and media critics have taken pot shots at both Kyle personally, and the movie itself.
Despite criticism, American Sniper continues to shatter box office records. A remarkable, and earned, success that the proud military veteran and humble author deserves.
From the Washington Post: "A couple weeks ago, President Obama declared that, while he wasn't on the Nov. 4 ballot, his policies were. And just about every GOP candidate in a red or swing state soon launched an ad using that comment to tie his or her Democratic opponent to Obama...While it's the second time Obama has gone down this road, this
comment probably stings more than the last one for Democrats running in
key Senate races -- almost all of which are in red or swing states where
Obama is quite unpopular...While Obama's previous comment
suggested the election was indeed something of a referendum on him,
these comments suggest not only that, but that Democratic candidates are
actually on-board with him -- something most of them have made pains to
argue is not the case...Obama's comments are the kind of thing Democrats might privately say to assure donors, but wouldn't really say in public."
And that person is Elbert Guillory, a Louisiana State Senator and candidate for Lt. Governor in 2015 who famously switched to being a Republican. Currently, he's giving U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu a run for her money -- which is no small thing, considering Louisiana is a solidly blue state.
As the respected blogLegal Insurrection points out, "This ad is brilliant, and every strategist needs to get on its level immediately. Real Clear Politics has the Louisiana Senate Race listed as a toss up,
and the last thing a candidate like Landrieu needs is an ad contrasting
her life of relative privilege with life on Academy Street. The winning message for 2014 isn’t 'Democrats are bad.' The winning
message is, “these things that are happening to you are bad, and I know
how to fix it.' This ad is what that messaging looks like."
Fox News’ Shep Smith quizzed State Department press secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday afternoon over the legality of the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, saying “it sure sounds like” former Vice President Dick Cheney’s doctrine of preemptive war.
In an interview with NBC's Matt
Lauer, National Security Adviser Susan Rice was asked, "What happened to the days when the
administration was able to say it felt confident that we had dealt a
crippling blow to al Qaeda and Islamic militants?" Lauer also wondered about the President
boasting that al Qaeda was "on the run" and "decimated" during the 2012
campaign. Rice said the administration
was only referring to its actions against "al Qaeda core" in Afghanistan
and Pakistan, and that al Qaeda "has metastasized" "to places like the
Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, parts of Africa, Somalia," Mali and Syria.
Tens of thousands of American Service Members are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time.Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way.** Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.
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