Jon Thanks the Troops in Kandahar

  • Aired:  08/01/11
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Jon thanks all the American troops he got to know during his USO tour weekend in Afghanistan. (6:50)

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>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

I MAY HAVE MENTIONED EARLIER --

THOUGH I'M NOT SURE WHAT DAY IT

IS -- I DID SPEND THE WEEKEND IN

AFGHANISTAN AT THE NEW SANDALS

RESORT THEY OPENED UP THERE.

NO WATER JUST ACTUAL SANDALS.

[LAUGHTER]

IT WAS A USO TOUR LED BY THE

LEADER OF THE JOINT CHIEFS.

WHEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT

THEY ALLOW MED TO GO WITH THEM.

THEY ARE STILL DOING THE TOUR.

I HAD TO COME BACK.

THE GREAT PEOPLE AT THE USO.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY.

I MEAN THIS LITERALLY IN THE

HEAT OF THE MOMENT I MAY OR MAY

NOT HAVE MADE SOME PROMISES TO

SOME OF OUR INCREDIBLE SERVICE

MEN AND WOMEN, THINGS LIKE, THEY

GO WOULD YOU WEAR THIS SHIRT ON

YOUR SHOW AND I'D LIKE BE

(bleep) YEAH.

AND THEY BE LIKE HOW ABOUT THIS

SFWHUN AND I'D BE LIKE OKAY.

SO IN THE INTEREST OF HONORING

AS MANY AS I POSSIBLY CAN IF YOU

WOULD INDULGE ME FOR JUST A

MOMENT.

HERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT!

THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]

HUH!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

ARGHH!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SIGNED BY LIEUTENANT PHILIPS AND

THE REST OF THE INTELLIGENCE

TEAM.

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE TRIP.

I VISITED MANY FOBS, FORWARD

OPERATING BASES.

THEY GIVE YOU PATCHES WHEN THEY

MEET YOU THAT DESCRIBE WHO THEY

ARE AND WHERE THEY ARE FROM.

THESE ARE SOME OF THEM.

I URGE YOU TO TIVO THE SCREEN,

FREEZE IT AND TAKE A LOOK AT

SOME OF THE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN

OUT THERE DOING THAT.

THIS ONE WAS GIVEN BY A SOLDIER

WHOSE LAST NAME WAS SIMILAR TO

MINE.

AT WHICH POINT I SAID TO THIS

SOLDIER, WELL, THEN WHO ARE YOU?

[LAUGHTER]

SO PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

AND I WAS HANDED HANDED SOME NOTES AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

IF YOU WOULD INDULGE ME, I HAVE

A FEW THINGS I NEED TO SAY.

FIRST SHOUT OUT TO GI JEW IN

KANDAHAR.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BY THE WAY GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

NICKNAME OUT THERE.

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, WHEN PEOPLE

SAY -- AND BY THE WAY THIS IS

WRITING THAT I DID ON THE PLANE

I CAN BLAIRLY READ MY -- BLURRY.

WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WAR AND

THEY SAY THEY ARE IN THE

(bleep) I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT

THE (bleep) CAME IN POND FORM.

OR WOULD BE PLACED CLOSE TO YOUR

DINING HALL.

TO BAGRAM AIR FORCE BASE I'LL

NEVER FORGET OUR NIGHT AT THE

CLAM SHELL OR THE FACT THAT ONE

OF YOUR SOLDIERS TOLD ME THAT MY

METS HAT WAS CONSIDERED AN

UNACCEPTABLE RISK AND THAT'S WHY

I WAS GIVEN THIS ONE.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

TO THE PERIOD TO OPERATING BASE

DBIR RON MOW IT WAS THE BEST CHO

IN TOWN, NO QUESTION.

IT WOULD BE NICE IF SOMEONE

WARNED ME THAT IT COULD GET HOT

ENOUGH THERE FOR MY ASS CHEEKS

TO FUSE TOGETHER.

[LAUGHTER]

TO THE PILOT OF THE OSPREY WOULD

HAVE BEEN NICE IF WE CLOSED THAT

BACK HATCH.

[LAUGHTER]

TO FOB DELI, NO IT WAS NOT

PRETTY MILD THAT DAY.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT THANK YOU FOR WARNING ME

THAT THE AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY

GUYS THAT WE MET WOULD NOT

UNDERSTAND THINGS LIKE WHO I

AM --

[LAUGHTER]

-- OR SARCASM.

[LAUGHTER]

TO A COUPLE OF FOBS I'M NOT

REALLY ALLOWED TO MENTION THEIR

NAMES BECAUSE OF THINGS GOING ON

THERE, I WANT TO SAY YOUR

TENACITY AND BRAVERY ARE

OUTSTANDING AND INSPIRING BUT I

WANT ONE OF YOU TO EXPLAIN TO ME

WHY YOUR MESS SHAL DECORATED

LIKE A 1940'S BROTHEL.

[LAUGHTER]

TO THE NATO ALLIES WE MET, THE

TROOPS FROM THE OTHER COUNTRIES

THAT GIVE SO MUCH, YOUR SERVICE

IS MUCH APPRECIATED BUT THAT'S

NOT EXCUSE TO INTRODUCE

WHEETABIX TO OUR TROOPS.

IT'S NOT A BREAKFAST, IT'S A

BUILDING MATERIAL.

TO THE SOLDIER I MET FROM

MACEDONIA AND -- IN KABUL HOW DO

YOU KNOW I'M IN THE THE MOST

FAMOUS PERSON IN AMERICA?

[LAUGHTER]

TO FIRST LIEUTENANT MOORE AND

MASTER AT ARMS CART WRITE, THANK

YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

TO LISA, YOUR HUSBAND IS RIGHT,

DON'T LEAVE HIM FOR ME I'M NOT

THAT FUNNY.

I DO HAVE WRITERS.

TO THE YOUNG SPECIALIST TO THE

655th TC WHO WROTE ME ONE OF

THE NICEST LETTERS I THINK I'VE

EVER RECEIVED.

I THANK YOU FOR IT.

HE HAD A PIECE OF ADVICE IN IT,

WE COOPERATE AND WE FIGHT AS

HARD AS WE CAN BECAUSE THE -- WE

COOPERATE AND WE FIGHT AS HARD

AS WE CAN BECAUSE THERE WILL BE

PERHAPS DISAPPOINTMENT BUT THERE

WILL BE NO SHAME.

I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I THANK YOU GUYS.

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND.

I CAN'T REALLY PUT IT INTO

WORDS.

I DO WANT TO SAY PEOPLE CAN

DISAGREE ABOUT STRATEGIES AND

POLITICAL AND FOREIGN POLICY AND

THINGS OF THAT NATURE BUT

HOPEFULLY WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT

THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED

SERVICES ARE GIVING SO MUCH TO

OUR COUNTRY AND THE TASK THAT

THEY ARE PERFORMING IS A COMPLEX

ONE.

IT'S NUANCED.

THE PATIENCE THAT THEY DISPLAY,

THE TENACITY AND THE COMPETENCE

THEY DISPLAY ARE ASTONISHING AND

THEY DOING IT ON A SURFACE THAT

AT TIMES RESEMBLES WHEN I ASSUME

TO BE VENUS.

I CANNOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH.

YOU ARE AMAZING PEOPLE.

THANK YOU FOREIGN SHARING THIS

WE ME -- THANK

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