News: Al Franken delivers message and entertainment for deployed troops
By Carlotta Maneice
160th Signal Brigade Public Affairs Officer
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Dec. 14, 2006) -Al Franken is known to many as a comedian, actor, Emmy winner and best selling author. What they may not know is Franken has done seven USO tours since 1999 and has traveled to Kosovo, Bosnia, Kuwait and northern Iraq to honor Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of the United States military.
Currently, Franken is touring with the USO Sergeant Major of the Army Hope and Freedom Live Show with Leeann Tweeden, Darryl Worley, The Washington Projects, Keni Thomas, Mark Wills and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
"This years show will fall in the tradition of Bob Hope. Leeann Tweeden and I will host this event and it will include some mild political satire."
Jokingly he says he will inform his audience that he has eaten five MREs [meals, ready to eat] and "none of them had an exit strategy."
This political satirist's gentle spirit is present when he speaks about the sacrifices the troops are making for the United States of America.
"I am inspired when I see our troops. Many of them are my kids' age and to know what they are doing for our country really affects me," said Franken.
"I love talking to the troops," Franken said. Franken said troops are usually frank and are well informed. "Although I have had some tell me that they do not agree with me politically, they are still happy that I am here."
When asked, "What message do you want to leave the troops during this Christmas holiday?" He said, "Americans all over the world are thinking of you and we honor you and the sacrifices you are making for us."