July 14, 2011 - Leroy Petry

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The ongoing debt ceiling negotiations get heated, and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry describes what it means to be a leader.

[THEME SONG PLAYING]

[APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: HEY, EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL SHOW,

VERY SPECIAL GUEST TONIGHT.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS LEROY PETRY

WILL BE JOINING US ON THE

PROGRAM TONIGHT.

WE'RE HONORED.

WE BEGIN TONIGHT, OF COURSE,

WITH THE LOOMING CRISIS.

AS YOU KNOW, ON AUGUST 2nd, IF

AMERICA FAILS TO RAISE THE DEBT

CEILING, WE DEFAULT ON OUR DEBT.

PEOPLE LOSE THE CAPACITY TO

LOVE.

[LAUGHTER]

AND ANIMALS LOSE THE CAPACITY TO

LICK THEIR OWN GENITALS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

IF WE DON'T RAISE THE DEBT

CEILING ON AUGUST 2nd, MAN

WILL BE SENTENCED TO AN ETERNITY

OF LICKING OUR OWN PET'S

GENITAL, BECAUSE WHAT WOULD WE

REALLY DO?

LET THEM DRY OUT?

OF COURSE NOT.

[LAUGHTER]

SO HOPEFULLY OUR PRESIDENT,

BARACK OBAMA, CAN IN ONE SWIFT

ROOSEVELTIAN "WE HAVE NOTHING TO

FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF" MOMENT

EASE THE AMERICAN PSYCHOI CAN.

>> CAN YOU TELL THE FOLKS AT

HOME THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

THE SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS WILL

GO OUT ON AUGUST 3rd.

>> I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT THOSE

CHECKS GO OUT ON AUGUST 3rd IF

WE HAVEN'T RESOLVED THIS ISSUE

BECAUSE THERE MAY SIMPLY NOT BE

THE MONEY IN THE COFFERS TO DO

IT.

>> Jon: [BLEEPED].

[LAUGHTER]

WE NEED OUR CHECK!

YOU KNOW WHAT, NO, NO, IT'S

FINE.

IT'S JUST OLE PEOPLE.

YOU KNOW HOW THEY ARE.

THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO JUST

BLOW THAT MONEY ON MEDICINE AND

HIPS.

OF COURSE, OUR POLITICAL LEADERS

SMART, DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS.

THEY'VE BEEN IN NON-STOP

MEETINGS TRYING TO PREVENT THIS

FROM HAPPENING.

HOW ARE THOSE MEETINGS GOING.

>> THE DEBT TALKS BLOW UP.

>> AN ANGRY PRESIDENT OBAMA

WALKED OUT.

>> TEMPERATURES BEGAN RISING

AFTER HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC

CANTOR SUGGESTED THE SIDES WERE

TOO FAR APART TO GET TO A DEAL.

THAT'S WHEN THE PRESIDENT GOT

VERY AGITATED.

HE SAID, "DON'T CALL MY BLUFF,

ERIC."

>> THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED, "I

HAVE SHOWN ENORMOUS WILLINGNESS

TO COMPROMISE."

>> MR. OBAMA THEN LEFT SAYING,

"I WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW."

>> Jon: OH, [BLEEPED].

OH, NO, HE DIDN'T.

THE PRESIDENT STORMED OUT AND

WAS LIKE, OKAY, TOMORROW THEN.

[LAUGHTER]

WHAT?

THAT'S NOT STORMING OUT.

THAT'S ENDING A MEETING BY

SCHEDULING NEXT MEETING.

AND I GOT TO SAY, IF THAT'S

OBAMA MAD, THAT'S WEAK.

HE'S STILL SO IN CONTROL.

YOU GET THE SENSE IF HE WERE THE

HULK, WHEN HE FELL HIS ANGER

CAUSING THE TRANSFORMATION, HE

WOULD JUST EXCUSE HIMSELF TO

CHANGE INTO A BIGGER SUIT, AS TO

NOT NEEDLESSLY SHRED A PERFECTLY

GOOD OUTFIT.

BUT THERE WAS ONE SENTENCE IN

THAT NEWS REPORT THAT REALLY

CAUGHT MY EAR.

CAN WE HEAR THAT SENTENCE AGAIN?

>> HE SAID, "DON'T CALL MY

BLUFF, ERIC."

>> Jon: COUPLE OF THINGS.

ONE, "DON'T CALL MY BLUFF" KIND

OF IMPLIES A GAME.

THE IMMINENT POSSIBLE ECONOMIC

COLLAPSE OF OUR COUNTRY IS A

CHIP THE PRESIDENT WILL PLAY OR

NOT PLAY GIVEN THE RELATIVE

STRENGTH OF HIS HAND.

AND SECOND, I THINK WHEN YOU'RE

PLAYING THAT HAND, YOU'RE NOT

SUPPOSED TO TELL THE OTHER GUY

IT'S A BLUFF.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THIRDLY, BOY THE NAME ERIC

REALLY TAKES THE URGENCY AND

STEAM OUT OF AN ARGUMENT,

DOESN'T IT?

DON'T CALL MY BLUFF, ERIC.

REALLY.

IT'S NAME ONLY RIVALED BY CRAIG

AND SUSAN.

I WILL DESTROY YOU, CRAIG.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH,

SUSAN.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT ISN'T

ALONE IN ESCALATING THE RHETORIC

IN THIS FIGHT.

CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELE BACHMANN

HAD SOME HARSH WORDS OF HER OWN.

>> THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T WANT TO

HAVE TO BE CONFRONTED WITH

PRIORITIES IN SPENDING BECAUSE

HE HAS A LOT OF CHOOTS-PAH.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, I GOT A

FEELING SAYING THE WORD

"CHOOTS-PAH" IS GOING TO HURT

MORE GRANDMOTHERS THAN OBAMA

CUTTING OFF THEIR SOCIAL

SECURITY.

I THINK BOTH PARTIES HAVE

ALREADY LOST FLORIDA.

"CHOOTS-PAH."

SOUNDS LIKE SHE'S TALKING OUT OF

HER CHOOTCHAS.

HERE'S SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

MITCH McCONNELL LAYING OUT HIS

PLAN FOR THE DEBT CRISIS.

>> I WOULD ADVOCATE THAT WE

PASSES LEGISLATION GIVING THE

PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO

REQUEST OF US AN INCREASE IN THE

DEBT CEILING THAT WOULD TAKE US

PAST THE END OF HIS TERM.

>> Jon: [WHISPERING]: HEAP

THREAT CAL.

>> THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO A

RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL.

THAT RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL

IF PASSED WOULD THEN GO TO THE

PRESIDENT.

HE COULD SIGN IT OR HE COULD

VETO IT.

>> Jon: WAIT.

WHAT?

SEE WHAT McCONNELL DID?

HE CLEVERLY SPLIT THE SENATE'S

RESPONSIBILITY IN TWO,

ADVOCATING THE UNPOPULAR DOING

IT PART TO THE PRESIDENT.

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

IF RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT IS THE

RESPONSIBLE CHOICE, WHY ARE YOU

ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO DO IT

WHILE WIPING OFF ANY OF YOUR

FINGER AND FOOTPRINTS?

>> THE REASON DEFAULT IS NO

BETTER IDEA TODAY THAN WHEN NEWT

GINGRICH TRIED IT IN 1995 IS IT

DESTROYS YOUR BRAND AND WOULD

GIVE THE PRESIDENT AN

OPPORTUNITY TO BLAME REPUBLICANS

FOR BAD ECONOMY.

LOOK, HE OWNS THE ECONOMY.

HE'S BEEN IN OFFICE ALMOST THREE

YEARS NOW, AND WE REFUSE TO LET

HIM ENTICE US IN TO COOWNSHIP OF

A BAD ECONOMY.

>> Jon: WE CAN HEAR YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

THE COUNTRY DEFALLING WOULD HURT

THE REPUBLICAN BRAND.

IT'S LIKE WHEN THE PINTO PEOPLE

WERE UPSET THE EXPLODING GAS

CANS WERE SINGEING THE HORSE MA

DANAL.

I FIND McCONNELL'S HONEST

DISHONESTY REFRESHING.

HE'S LAYING OUT THE CYNICAL

STRATEGIC SUBTEXT THAT WE'RE NOT

SUPPOSED TO BE HEARING ABOUT.

HE'S LIKE THAT GUY ON FOX WHO

RUINED MAGIC FOR EVERYONE IN THE

COUNTRY FIVE YEARS AGO.

HERE'S WHAT IT IS, KID.

I DRUG FIVE RABBITS AND I STUFF

THEM IN MY PANTDS.

DON'T CRY, TIMMY.

YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS.

SO THE OUTSIDE OBSERVER, OUR

LEADERS' INABILITY TO COMPROMISE

ON EVEN THE SMALLEST THINGS

SEEMS INEXPLICABLE, BUT WATCH AS

SENATOR MITCH McCONNELL

EXPLAINS WASHINGTON MAGIC TO THE

MUGGLES.

>> YOU SAID, "THE SINGLE MOST

IMPORTANT THING WE WANT TO

ACHIEVE IS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

TO BE A ONE-TERM PRESIDENT."

>> WELL, THAT IS TRUE.

THAT'S MY SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT

POLITICAL GOAL.

>> Jon: WOW.

I CANNOT BELIEVE HE WOULD SAY

THAT ON TELEVISION.

HE HAS GOT A LOT OF, WHAT IS

THAT CALLED, WHAT IS THAT...

>>

SO LAST FRIDAY THE FINAL LAUNCH

OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE WAS LAST

FRIDAY, A STIRRING EVENT THAT

CREATED EVEN MORE UNEMPLOYMENT

WITH SWARMS OF JOBLESS

ASTRONAUTS NOW FLOODING THE JOB

MARKET.

JOHN OLIVER WAS AT CAPE

CANAVERAL TO WITNESS THE END OF

AN ERA.

>> AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM WAS

OUR CROWNING GLORY.

IT WAS A MEASURE OF WHO WE WERE

AS A PEOPLE, A TIME WHEN WE

EXPLORED A NEW WORLD,

ILLUMINATED OUR BREATHTAKING

UNIVERSE, AND WE DID THESE

THINGS IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF

JOHN F. KENDY...

>> NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE EASY BUT

BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.

>> ALL OF THIS IS NOW OVER.

AND WHERE BETTER FOR ME TO GO

THAN FLORIDA TO WATCH SOMETHING

DIE.

>> IT'S A LITTLE SAD.

THIS IS REALLY THE END OF AN

ERA.

>> HAPPY THAT I GOT TO SEE IT.

SAD THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE

NONE AFTER THIS.

>> TOO BAD I WON'T BE ABLE TO

SEE IT AGAIN.

>> IT WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US IN

A WAY.

>> WILL IT?

>> NO, NOT THE SHUTTLE.

THAT WILL PROBABLY GET MELTED

DOWN FOR SCRAP.

I MEAN THE MEMORY OF WHEN

AMERICA HAD HOPES AND DREAMS.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU

GROW UP?

DON'T SAY ASTRONAUT.

[LAUGHTER]

WERE YOU GOING TO SAY ASTRONAUT?

>> YEAH.

>> I COULD SEE THAT.

AMERICA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM

WAS IN ITS FINAL COUNTDOWN.

AND I COULDN'T WAIT TO BE A PART

OF IT.

I'M HERE AT CAPE CA KNAVE RAL

FOR A SEMINOLE MOMENT IN HISTORY

WHEN AMERICA LOOKS TO ITS

HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS AND SAID,

EH, [BLEEPED] IT.

THE SPACE PROGRAM HAD ONCE BEEN

PILOTED BY MEN WHO WERE

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS, NAMES

LIKE JOHN GLENN, NEIL ARMSTRONG,

JIM LOVELL.

>> HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

>> APPARENTLY THEY EVEN EXISTED

IN REAL LIFE, TOO.

I SAT DOWN WITH APOLLO 13'S JIM

LOVELL, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO,

WHO WOULD NEVER GIVE UP WITHOUT

A FIGHT.

THIS CONVERSATION WASN'T GOING

TO BE EASY.

>> I'M JUST GOING TO STOP THAT

MUSIC.

RIGHT.

IT'S GOING TO MAKE THIS MORE

DIFFICULT.

SO, JIM, LISTEN, IT'S OVER.

>> I NEVER SAY THAT.

IT IS MUCH EASIER IF WE JUST

SAID, WHY DON'T WE LET SOMEONE

ELSE DO IT.

I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

INDIA IS LOOKING AT THE

ADVANTAGES OF SPACE.

>> SO WE'RE GOING TO OUTSOURCE

OUR HOPES AND DREAMS TO INDIA.

>> WE MIGHT.

BUT IS THAT THE MODUS OPERANDI

OF THE UNITED STATES?

NO.

THE NEW GENERATION SHOULD GET

THE SAME EXPERIENCE THAT THE OLD

GENERATION GOT.

WE ORBITED THE MOON FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME.

WE SAW THE EARTH AS IT REALLY

IS, JUST A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE

BODY TUCKED AWAY IN THE VASTNESS

OF SPACE.

I COULD PUT UP MY THUMB AND

COMPLETELY HIDE EVERYTHING THAT

I'VE EVER KNOWN.

THAT PHOTOGRAPH TELLS IN JUST

ONE PICTURE REALLY THE EXISTENCE

THAT WE HAVE HERE ON EARTH.

>> WOW.

THAT'S INCREDIBLE.

I'VE ACTUALLY GOT AN AMAZING

PHOTOGRAPH, AS WELL.

I GOT TO SHOW YOU.

LOOK, IT'S ME AND PEE WEE

HERMAN.

[LAUGHTER]

>> OH, YEAH.

>> ISN'T THAT INCREDIBLE?

DO -- YOU THINK, I CAN'T BEREAVE

WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW.

AS THE SHUTTLE PREPARED FOR ITS

LAST LAUNCH AND THE CROWD BRACED

THEMSELVES FOR A FINAL WAVE

GOOD-BYE, THIS AMERICAN ICON

LEFT THE EARTH, NOT WITH A BANG,

BUT WITH A WHOA, WOW, HOLY CRAP

THAT IS LOUD, WOW.

LOOK AT THAT THING.

I'VE GOT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU,

A WEEK AFTER THIS HAPPENED I'M

STILL GETTING GOOSE BUMPS.

WOW THAT.

IS THE SINGLE MOST AMAZING THING

I'VE EVER WITNESSED.

GO, GO, FLY!

WE HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN.

WE HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN.

WHEN ARE WE DOING THAT AGAIN?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN NEVER?

OKAY.

SO THAT WAS OBJECTIVELY

INCREDIBLE.

BUT WHO IS GOING TO CONVINCE

AMERICA THAT THIS IS STILL WORTH

DOING?

>> JOHN, PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE

CERTAIN GOALS, CERTAIN THINGS TO

STRIVE FOR, THINGS THEY CAN LOOK

UP TO AND SAY, HEY, IT DID THAT.

TO GIVE UP ON THAT CREAM --

DREAM IS TO GIVE UP ON AMERICA.

>> YEAH, I GUESS.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT, LET ME JUST

TRY SOMETHING A BIT BETTER.

OKAY.

SO YOU GO.

>> ALL PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE

CERTAIN GOALS, SOMETHING TO

STRIVE FOR, AND IN DOING SO, WE

REACHED BEYOND OURSELVES TO

ACHIEVE THAT WHICH WE DID NOT

THINK WAS POSSIBLE, TO GIVE UP

ON THAT DREAM IS TO GIVE UP ON

AMERICA.

>> IT WAS BETTER.

>> I THINK IT WAS PRETTY GOOD.

>> I KNOW, DO FORRSET GUMP.

>> I DON'T TAKE REQUESTS.

TONIGHT.

HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF

HONOR BY PRESIDENT OBAMA ON

TUESDAY.

PLEASE WELCOME ARMY SERGEANT

FIRST CLASS LEROY PETRY.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS FOR COMING.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: WE'RE HONORED TO HAVE

YOU ON THE PROGRAM.

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE STORY OF

WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY IN

AFGHANISTAN, MAY I JUST SAY,

THAT HAND IS SUPER COOL.

HOW DID YOU... WHEN I SHOOK YOUR

HAND, IT CURLED AROUND MY HAND

WITH A STRONGER GRIP THAN I

HAVE.

>> IT'S DESIGNED TO CONFORM TO

DIFFERENT OBJECTS THAT ACTUALLY

STOPS WHEN EACH FINGER MEETS

RESISTANCE TO GIVE YOU MORE

DEXTERITY.

WHEN I ACTUALLY LOST IT, I

THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HAVE A

HOOK, AND I WAS FINE WITH THAT

BECAUSE I LOST IT THE WAY I

WANTED TO, BUT THEY GAVE ME THIS

HAND, AND I GOT... IT'S AMAZING

AND IT'S GETTING BETTER.

>> Jon: DO YOU HAVE ONE THAT

CAN... LET'S SAY YOU'RE IN

TRAFFIC...

[LAUGHTER]

THERE'S A PROBLEM.

>> I USE THE GOOD HAND.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

FAIR ENOUGH.

THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED IN

AFGHANISTAN, IT'S AN INCREDIBLE

ONE.

WOULD YOU MIND IF WE JUST WENT

THROUGH IT BRIEFLY.

>> SURE.

>> Jon: YOU WERE ON DAY

MISSION.

>> YES, SIR.

>> Jon: AND IT WAS A RAID.

IS THAT UNUSUAL TO BE ON A DAY

RAID LIKE THAT?

>> FOR US IT IS UNUSUAL.

>> Jon: YOU'RE AN ARMY RANGER.

>> YEAH, WE DON'T NORMALLY DO

DAYLIGHT RAIDS, BUT THE

NECESSITY TO GET OUT THERE AND

GET THIS HIGH VALUE TARGET AND

THE TIME OF DAY, WE HAD TO ACT

ON IT.

>> Jon: IN THE BEGINNING OF

IT, YOU ARE WOUNDED EARLY ON IN

THE FIGHT?

>> YES, SHOT THROUGH BOTH

THIGHS.

I ACTUALLY DIDN'T REALIZE IT

UNTIL I GOT TO THE MEDICS LATER,

BUT I THOUGHT I WAS JUST SHOT IN

THE LEFT LEG.

IT HAD STUCK IN THERE OR

SOMETHING.

I DIDN'T FEEL IT GO ALL THE WAY

THROUGH BOTH LEGS.

SO I WAS RUNNING AROUND DOING

THINGS FOR A LITTLE BIT.

[LAUGHTER]

I KNOW THAT SOUNDS ODD.

>> Jon: I COULD STOP YOU

THERE.

AND BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR

SERVICE AND ALL YOU DID.

SO IN THIS... NOW, YOU ARE

REALLY A VETERAN IN THIS GROUP.

YOU HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN.

THIS WAS YOUR SIXTH TOUR.

AND YOU HAD TWO TOURS IN IRAQ.

>> ACTUALLY, IT WAS MY FIFTH

TOUR.

I'VE BEEN BACK SINCE.

>> Jon: YOU'VE BEEN BACK TO

AFGHANISTAN FOR ANOTHER TOUR

SINCE YOU WERE WOUNDED?

>> YES.

>> Jon: YOU'RE LUKE SKYWALKER.

THAT'S WHO YOU ARE.

THAT'S WHAT THIS IS.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

THAT'S WHO YOU ARE.

THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO NOW YOU HAVE BEEN WOUNDED IN

BOTH LEGS.

YOU'VE GOT... THESE ARE YOUNGER

FELLAS.

THEY'RE LOOKING TO YOU FOR

LEADERSHIP.

ARE YOU STILL FUNCTIONING IN A

CAPACITY IN THAT MOMENT?

>> YES.

>> Jon: HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

IS IT TRAINING?

IS IT JUST THERE'S A CERTAIN

SOMETHING IN YOU THAT WOULDN'T

GIVE UP?

>> IT'S TRAINING AND IT'S THE

FACT THAT WE'RE ALL BROTHERS OUT

THERE, AND YOU WOULDN'T... JUST

LIKE I WOULDN'T GIVE UP ON ONE

OF MY CHILDREN, I WOULDN'T GIVE

UP ON MY BROTHERS.

AND THAT'S THIS WAY I LOOKED AT

IT OUT THERE.

AND THE WAY A BIRD TAKES CARE OF

IT YOUNG ONE, FEEDS THEM UNTIL

THEY CAN GROW AND HOPES THAT

THEY BECOME GOOD LEADERS.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> IT'S JUST MENTORING.

AND I WAS TAKING CARE OF MY OWN

THAT DAY.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

INCREDIBLE.

AND IN THIS MOMENT, THE ENEMY

THROWS A GRENADE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: AND TO GIVE PEOPLE A

SENSE, DO WE HAVE LIKE A

RENDERING OF THE COMPOUND THAT

YOU'RE IN THAT YOU'RE FIGHTING.

THIS IS THE COURTYARD.

ARE YOU IN THE INNER COURTYARD

AT THIS POINT, THE OUTER

COURTYARD BY THE CHICKEN COOP?

>> THE INNER COURTYARD.

WE'RE ON THE... WELL, I CAN'T

TELL WHICH WAY THAT NORTH ARROW

IS POINTING.

>> Jon: WE PURPOSELY MADE THAT

TO CONFUSE THE ENTIRE ISSUE.

I THINK IT'S POINTING TOWARDS

FLORIDA, BUT I'M NOT SURE WHY.

SO THE ENEMY, WHEN THEY'RE ABLE

TO SEND A GRENADE YOUR WAY,

YOU'RE IN LOBBING DISTANCE OF

THE ENEMY.

AND THESE GUYS ARE NOT

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS.

YOU'RE LIKE 20 FEET, 30 FEET

AWAY FROM THESE GUYS.

>> THE CEILING OF THE BUILDING

WAS ONLY ABOUT EIGHT FEET HIGH.

SO IT WAS EASY FOR THEM TO THROW

IT OVER I GUESS.

>> Jon: SO A GRENADE LANDS,

AND I'VE ALWAYS SAID THERE ARE

TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS

WORLD, PEOPLE THAT WHEN A

GRENADE LANDS, THEY GO "GRENADE

"GRENADE"!

AND PEOPLE WHO KEEP THEIR WITS

ABOUT THEM.

IN THAT MOMENT, WHAT'S GOING

THROUGH YOUR MIND?

>> THERE WAS A SPLIT SECOND.

I TURNED OVER, LOOKED, I SAW IT

AND I KNEW IT WASN'T ONE OF OURS

BECAUSE IT WAS THE OLD PINEAPPLE

GRENADE.

FIRST THING THAT WENT THROUGH MY

MIND IS GET IT OUT OF HERE, GET

I AWAY FROM MY GUYS AND ME.

THAT'S WHAT I DID.

I REACHED FOR IT AND STARTED TO

THROW IT AND AS SOON AS I OPENED

THE HAND, THAT WAS THE LAST

THING THAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE

HAND DISAPPEARED.

>> Jon: DO YOU AT THAT POINT

PASS OUT?

IS THAT...

>> NO, NO.

THEY ASK YOU A LOT OF TIMES IF

YOU HAD A CONCUSSION, AND I

SAID, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU

HAVE A CONCUSSION.

YOU DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF TIME.

IF YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION, IT'S

DARK OUT WHEN YOU WAKE UP, YOU

KNOW YOU HAD A CONCUSSION, BUT

IF NOBODY ELSE SEES IT, YOU

DON'T KNOW.

BUT I SAT BACK UP FOR WHAT

SEEMED LIKE SPLIT SECONDS, AND I

GRABBED MY ARM.

IT WAS... THE HAND LOOKED LIKE A

CIRCULAR SAW HAD TAKEN IT OFF.

IT WAS FLAT AT THE TOP AND

COMPLETELY GONE.

I WAS LIKE... THAT'S THE PART

THAT DIDN'T GET ME.

I GRABBED IT AND I LOOKED AT IT

AND I SAID, WHY ISN'T THIS

SPRAYING OFF INTO THE WIND LIKE

IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIES.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: SO IN THIS MOMENT

YOU'RE SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED

IT'S NOT AS GORY AS YOU SAW, NOT

QUITE AS SPLURTY AS WHAT YOU'D

BEEN LED TO BELIEVE?

>> WELL, I FIGURED I HAD... I

WAS LIKE, WOW, I GOT A LOT OF

TIME.

IT'S NOT BLEEDING THAT BAD.

BUT I GUESS WITH THE TRAUMATIC

INJURY, THE NERVES TUCK BACK AND

ALL THE ADRENALINE AND... I

DIDN'T FEEL ANY PAIN.

SO I GRABBED... I WENT TO MY

MILITARY TRAINING, GRABBED MY

TOURNIQUET AND WAS ABLE TO APPLY

A TOURNIQUET, GET ON THE RADIO

AND CONTINUE TELLING MY

LEADERSHIP WHAT WAS GOING ON.

>> Jon: YOU APPLIED YOUR OWN

TOURNIQUET.

>> YES.

>> Jon: AND STAYED IN COMMAND

OF... WOW.

I MEAN, I'M HONESTLY SPEECHLESS.

IT'S A REMARKABLE STORY, AND THE

ONE THING, AS REMARKABLE AS THE

HEROISM IN THAT IS, IS YOUR

REMARKABLE HEROISM AND YOUR

BROTHERS AND ALL THE SERVICE

PEOPLE, AS EXTRAORDINARY AS YOUR

ACTS WERE, WHAT'S REALLY

EXTRAORDINARY IS YOUR ORDINARY

SERVICE, THE SIX TOURS IN

AFGHANISTAN AND THE TWO TOURS IN

IRAQ AND ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE

WITHOUT COMMENDATION.

I'M SO PLEASED AND HONORED THAT

YOU WOULD HERE TODAY.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU

PERSONALLY FOR NOT JUST YOUR

HEROISM BUT JUST YOUR SERVICE,

WHICH IS EXTRAORDINARY IN AND OF

ITSELF.

I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

HERE.

DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE MINUTES?

WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT.

WE'RE GOING TO THROW IT UP ON

THE WEB, THE SECOND PART.

WE'RE GOING TO STAY HERE.

IT'S JUST AN HONOR TO SEE YOU,

SIR.

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS LEROY

PETRY.

WE'RE GOING TO

JOIN US NEXT WEEK AT 11:00.

HERE IT, IS YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> THIS IS THE LAST TIME THAT

THERE'S EVER GOING TO BE HARRY

POTTER FILM PREMIER.

IT'S LIKE THE END OF AN ERA.

>> OH, MY GOSH,

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