Dan and I both wish to thank the faculty and staff at the USMA for being such gracious and generous hosts to us and for allowing us to witness such a momentous event.
A few thoughts on what didn’t appear on television:
“No matter what the President says here tonight, and no matter your personal feeling about this or any other conflict, as long as American men and women continue to serve in harm’s way, it is your duty and privilege to lead them. I was privileged to lead men in combat; I felt and continue to feel that I had the best job in the world; and my only regret is that I wasn’t able to remain in the field longer with my men. Each and every one of you is lucky to have the honor of the challenge on which you’re about to embark.”
Followed shortly thereafter with “stepping on an IED sucked.”
Over the course of our day on West Point's campus, Dan was approached by hundreds of members of the cadet corps, and got to have some variation of that conversation with most of them.
And yes, the media still seem to think that Dan is an interesting guy. Not sure why. Here’s a quick round-up:
NBC Nightly News has a long clip of an interview Dan gave shortly after the President concluded his remarks:
ABC’s Good Morning America included a quick quote from Dan in a piece on their Wednesday morning show (click here for the video):
ABC News’ Jake Tapper blogs about Dan here.
The Seattle Times’ Hal Bernton writes about Dan here.
And lastly, my favorite: a screen-shot from PBS’ coverage of the speech identifying Dan’s long-lost brother Frank: