You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop…

You may have read this before, but…
At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country`s prior actions, here is a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country. 

These are good. And true!

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early ’60s when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded "does that include those who are buried here?
DeGuale did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
You could have heard a pin drop.
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American.  During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.  What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day; they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day; and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.  We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

You could have heard a pin drop.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian, and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"
 Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussie’s, and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German."
You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in
Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard  look.  Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to."
You could have heard a pin drop.
I read that last weekend there was a fireworks display in Paris and 2000 French soldiers surrendered.  Sorry…. Had to add that!
Almost the weekend!  Hang in there and enjoy the last days of summer.  98F here today!!


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7 Responses to You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop…

  1. john says:

    freedom is so tough to garner and so easy to squander…..VERY GOOD quotes.

  2. Grandma's says:

    Wonderful replies !! Thank you for sharing. Your country has no need to apologize to anyone. It is us…and other countries that should be apologizing to you. Give Obama time and he will come to realize that.I was saddened by the news of Senator Ted Kennedy’s passing. The end of an era. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  3. Fizz says:

    This is one of my favorites. They are a great testament to freedom and it’s cost with out being nasty or rude. It’s funny, the world and particularly Europeans do get very hauty with Americans and they forget that we did come and we did fight and we did help. And yet, we are always the bad guys, the ones who are at fault. Perhaps we are… in that we came and helped. But in retrospect, even then we would be at fault because we didn’t come and help. So that just shows, that the USA is going to have to be the guy that everyone loves to hate but will come and help even if not called…

  4. Sue says:

    Heard most of these before but still like to be reminded of them. I get tired of the "get out of Iraq" stuff and "Americans go home" chants—we ARE only there to help THEM. Unfortunately, the French have always been that way about their language, especially. When in France, speak English if you want to get under their skin…(If you try to speak French and are a beginner, they will not respond to you, pretending not to understand.)

  5. sweeti's says:

    Hi Bob.Ppl forget so easy.Indeed a frenchman never speaks english, we have this problems even in Brussels.There are some yes..cos of their job.We honour each year the guys who gave their lives to stop the war.Canadians and Polish soldiers were here when the Germans surrender.Tx for sharing Boband how are the doggies???MJ

  6. Lisa R. says:

    Hi Bob, I especially enjoyed the Aircraft carrier one! Didn’t know they had all that! Too cool!

  7. J says:

    Hi Bob, I was scanning back looking at the fire photos, they are amazing. It is such a powerful force to contend with. The fire personnel are indeed heros. What a massive expense your state is incurring in such a large fire. In this economy it must be difficult. I’ve seen you comment once about the idiotic enviromentalist or tree huggers being part of the problem. Controlled burns would help. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Radical enviromentalism seems to have a trickle down effect that we are experiencing in many facets of the US economy and elsewhere today. Anyway, I stumbled upon this post and I love it! Sooo true.j

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