Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Where Is Bob Hope When You Need Him?
Where is our generation's Bob Hope? No, our troops morale is not low, and the Global War on Terror does not currently require a pep-rally. I just think that the men and women of the Armed Services deserve someone like Bob Hope to stop by their deployed locations every now and then.
So far I've seen J-Lo, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, and a bunch of other entertainers cruise on through a base or two, but it's not the same. The only person that has come close is Robin Williams. He's funnier then hell, and his bond with the troops is strong. The only drawback is that Williams is not a supporter of the liberation of 40 million people from tyrannical governments. He's like 99% of most liberal stars: He supports the troops, just not the war, the administration, the government, etc etc.
Of course it's not necessary for him to do so and he has a right to dissent, but his dissent (like so many others in Hollywood) is not genuine. If Bill Clinton or Al Gore had done the same thing, Williams would never disavow them or question their motives.
So back to my original question... Where is Bob Hope when we need him? Are entertainers like him a relic of the past? Are we now at the mercy of no-talent bimbos or musicians trying to get a tax break by volunteering every so often?
Hey Scotty! Beam down Bob Hope when you get the chance. There are a few hundred thousand soldiers, sailors, and airmen that could use a little support.
UPDATE: Like the young Elvis vs. old Elvis debate, the young Bob Hope was much more funny than the old one. I was hoping there was someone out there that could entertain and support us like the young Bob Hope.
Bob Hope, the only Hollywood star who could take on the Krauts, Japs, Koreans, Charlie, The Ruskies and Saddam. He makes John Rambo look like a wussy boy.
posted by El Capitan at 11:03 AM
Drew Carey and his crew came through back in OIF I. He was actually the only big star to bother to come out to Al Anbar and give us a show. Being a former Marine, and having a few vets turned performers in his entourage, it seems he was very supportive of our efforts out there...1:45 PM
I miss Bob Hope! He'd probably stop by a lot of the FOB's that noone else bothers to acknowledge. I had an uncle who served in WWII who said they were all looking forward to seeing Bob Hope, but they got Eleanor Roosevelt instead. What a bummer! Maybe Toby Keith wouldn't be so bad...9:32 PM