Bartcop Entertainment - Bonus Transcript - Cher
CHER c-span transcript
Peter Slen, C-Span Moderator: Good Morning, Miami Beach
Caller: Good morning! Thank you for c-span, I watch it every day!
Uh, I would like to say I had the occasion the other day to spend the entire
day with troops that had come back from Iraq & had been wounded &..um...I
also visited troops during the vietnam era...but the thing that I was most
shocked by...um...as I walked into the hospital the first person I ran into
was a boy about 19 or 20 years old who'd lost both of his arms...& when I
walked into the hosptial & visited all these boys all day
long...uh...everyone had lost either one arm...one limb or two limbs or had
lost one limb & there were...there were a lot of legs that seemed to be
missing & a couple of the boys told me it was because that their vehicles
...that the rockets pierce the vehicles so much its like being kind of in a
tin can...it doesn't have...there isn't...the walls of the humvees are very
soft & theres no protection...but three guys in the same vehicle have lost a
Another thing that I saw was that...um...if they'd lost one leg that...
that shrapnel that had hit the other leg had been so devatating that they
were having to pull like the thigh...you know...the muscle & the thigh
around the bottom of the calf to try to make the leg workable but in some
cases these boys had lost one leg & the other leg was so damaged that they
weren't sure what they were gonna be able to do.
C-Span Moderator: Where did you spend the day?
caller: Walter Reed.
C-Span Moderator: And you're down in Miami Beach, back in Miami Beach?
caller: I'm down here today.
C-Span Moderator: what were you doing at Walter Reed? Are you a volunteer?
caller: No, I was just asked to come and spend the day. I was working that day
in Washington, DC.
C-Span Moderator: What kind of work do you do?
caller: Um, I'm an entertainer.
C-Span Moderator: Oh, what kind of entertaining? Are you USO?
caller: No, I actually was called by the USO but I'm...I'm...I'm just...I'm
an entertainer, and I really don't want to go much past that but...um...
C-Span Moderator: Is this CHER?
C-Span Moderator: (worshipful silence) Ok. And you spent the day at Walter Reed.
caller: Yeah. And I spent the day with, I mean they were great guys...&...&
the the men that took me around were in the...you know...the services,you
know, they were fabulous men...uh...Mike and John and...and they these boys had
unbelievable courage and they still said for the most part hat they were glad
that they they did it, they felt that it was their duty...and there were a few
of the national guards that felt it was their duty that once they were over
there but they wondered why they were taken out of America to spend that
much time as as actual service men when they really felt that their job was
to be, you know, protecting this country.
But I have to say that they had the most unbeleivable courage and it
took everything that I have as a person to...to not...you know... break down
while I was talking to these guys...but I just think that if there was no
reason for this war this was the most heinous thing I'd ever seen
And also I
wonder why...why are none of Cheney, Wolfowitz, Bremer, the president, why
aren't they taking pictures with all these guys?
I don't understand why
these guys are so hidden and why...and why there aren't pictures of them because
you know, talking about the dead and the wounded...that's two different things.
But these wounded are so devastatedly wounded...you know...that I think
that... the wounded...it's just... it's unbelievable...it's just unbelieivable
to me and I'm an independent but I....
C-Span Moderator: Are you supporting anyone yet for 2004?
You supported Ross Perot, correct? In 92?
caller: Yeah, I mean when I heard him talk right in the beginning I thought
that he would bring some sort of common-sense business approach & also less
partisianship, but then of course...you know...I was completely disappointed
like everyone else when he just kind of cut & run & no one knew exactly why
...you know...being that maybe he couldn't have withstood all the
investigation that goes on now...but...um...you know...I'm not a Bush
supporter, that's for sure...& I'm definitely not Ashcroft or Cheney or any of
them...but I would just like to see them have...you know, if you're going to
send these people to war then don't hide them, you know &...&...& have
some... have some news coverage where people are sitting & talking to these
guys & seeing how they are & seeing their spirit & it's just...I just...
I think its a crime.
C-Span Moderator: When you were up here for your farewell concert earlier
this month, is that when you went to Walter Reed?
C-Span Moderator: Ok, well thanks for your time this morning, thanks for
caller: Oh, I have to tell you I watch you every day & I really appreciate it
because I go all over the world & I must say that the news we get in america
has nothing to do with the news that you get outside of this country & I
think that's why people don't..people don't understand why so many of the
allies did not...you know, our usual allies did not join us because if you
get outside the United States you hear a different kind of news you know and
C-Span Moderator: What's your favorite news source outside the US?
caller: Well, there's a source that I really like inside the US that gives you
special documentaries called WORLDLINK, but I think my favorite source
outside the US is BBC because they are our allies but you still get...on the
nightly news you get...you know, much more coverage & I think much more
honest coverage...I don't know, I guess they're not...well...they're
independent so they're not owned by any of the major corporations that
are... you know, have vested interes in this war.
C-Span Moderator: Thanks for your call this morning.
caller: Ok, thank you!
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