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Posted: 8/6/2005 9:55:27 AM EDT
America Supports You: Rumsfeld Praises Actor Sinise for Troop Support
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5, 2005 – Each week the cast of "CSI: NY" uses scientific skill to solve mysteries. But the reason Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the show's set in Studio City here Aug. 4 was no mystery: actor Gary Sinise is a solid supporter of U.S. servicemembers, and Rumsfeld's a big fan of Sinise and his efforts.

Rumsfeld visited the CSI set to thank Sinise personally for his support of the "America Supports You" program through his "Operation Iraqi Children" effort.

Sinise, who stars in "CSI: NY" as Detective Mac Taylor, co-founded Operation Iraqi Children with Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand in March 2004. The organization collects and ships school supplies and toys to Iraq for distribution by U.S. troops, providing much-needed materials for Iraqi children while boosting the morale of the servicemembers who pass them out, Sinise said.

In addition, Sinise has made two visits to Iraq as part of USO shows and uses his rock group, "The Lt. Dan Band," named after the character Sinise played in the movie, "Forest Gump," to entertain the troops.

Rumsfeld praised Sinise's efforts to the cast and crew of "CSI: NY," who took a short break from shooting an episode during his visit.

The tides were temporarily turned on the set, as the show's cast and crew gathered around Rumsfeld, shaking hands, snapping photos and asking for autographs, as they watched Rumsfeld and Sinise step into Sinise's trailer for a private chat.

"I've never seen Gary so excited," said Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise and executive producer of "CSI: NY."

"This man is such a patriot and loves his country so much," Zuiker said.

So much so, Zuiker said, that he always knows the perfect gift to give Sinise for his birthday or any other special occasion: a check for his Operation Iraqi Children effort.


Rumsfeld, who joked with Sinise about going to rival high schools in Chicago, told the cast about "all the wonderful things this man has done for the men and women in uniform across the country." He thanked Sinise for his personal involvement in supporting the troops and presented him with a commemorative Pentagon paperweight and official secretary of defense coin to add to Sinise's extensive coin collection gathered during troop visits.

The secretary also shared Sinise's hopes of expanding the program into Afghanistan as well as Iraq.

Sinise told the American Forces Press Service he feels honored to be doing his part of help the troops. "They need us out there," he said. "We're blessed in this country to have an all-volunteer service, not a mandatory service. And I feel obligated to support them as they keep very, very busy on several fronts."

www.operationiraqichildren.org/



Link Posted: 8/6/2005 9:59:20 AM EDT
Cool!
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:00:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2005 10:01:12 AM EDT by warlord]
Bravo Gary Sinise, willing to stand up to the Hollyweird liberals.

BTW: Studio City in the San Fernando Valley which is about 20 miles north of Los Angeles.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:06:48 AM EDT
I'm going to be watching CSI:NY more often. Gary is the man!

Ben
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:25:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2005 10:25:57 AM EDT by Lumpy196]
Its always nice to see someone from hollywood with enough talent and balls to not care what standing up costs him.


Im going to watch Reindeer Games again this weekend.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:27:21 AM EDT
Wow I had no idea, awesome!
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:27:57 AM EDT
I always did like Gary Sinise.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:29:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2005 10:29:34 AM EDT by Charging_Handle]
Hey, he was Forrest Gump's platoon leader in Nam, so you know he's gotta be cool!

I have always enjoyed the work of Gary Sinise. He's a damn fine actor and has had some great roles. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw him in a bad movie or series.

It's also nice to see that he is very different than 95% of the people in movie business.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:32:49 AM EDT
Hot damn!

Yet ANOTHER reason to love Apollo 13!

Way to go, Gary!
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:33:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2005 10:34:17 AM EDT by Zaphod]

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw him in a bad movie or series.



Red Planet (or was it Mission to Mars?).

I've seen worse, but....
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:02:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw him in a bad movie or series.



Red Planet (or was it Mission to Mars?).

I've seen worse, but....



Yeah, well, okay....

But it didn't suck because of his acting. Now that you mention it I think there were a few others, but nothing comes to mind.

I've always rather like Sinise too. And I really like knowing he's one of the good guys rather than one of the looney left.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:04:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bumblebee_Bob:

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw him in a bad movie or series.



Red Planet (or was it Mission to Mars?).

I've seen worse, but....



Yeah, well, okay....

But it didn't suck because of his acting.




Well THAT is certainly true.

I had no idea what his political tilt was before this.

Am I the only one seeing more and more non-leftists beginning to creep into Hollyweird? Hope the trend continues and accelerates.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:14:41 AM EDT
Way to go, Lt. Dan!
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:15:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Its always nice to see someone from hollywood with enough talent and balls to not care what standing up costs him.

Im going to watch Reindeer Games again this weekend.


But this could cost him dearly in the future in the realities of Hollywierd. There are some real rabid socialists/communists in Hollywood and they detest the Republicans greatly and anything associated with it. Hollywood is pretty small place, and many things are done on a hand-shake. But I think he may have enough stature where it may not hurt him too badly though.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:19:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By warlord:

Im going to watch Reindeer Games again this weekend.



Now that movie REALLY sucked. I've started it three times and have yet to finish it. He's perhaps the one decent act in it.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:21:46 AM EDT
i'm in atlanta and listen to neil bortz sometimes. senise calls in from time to time and basically support sthe troops and various conservative things. yep. he is a conservative in a sea of silly putty and not afraid to take a stand.

bortz or is it boortz is the guy just came out with a book about the fair-tax. i know he is syndicated outside of the atlanta ga.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:36:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By warlord:

Im going to watch Reindeer Games again this weekend.



Now that movie REALLY sucked. I've started it three times and have yet to finish it. He's perhaps the one decent act in it.


You've got to realize Hollywierd operates on odds and percentages. Some of the biggest people in showbiz, puts out a few bombs, look at Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds, Paramont expected it to make big bucks, now it will just break-even at best, etc and etc.

But personally I'm glad that Mr. Senise is one of us.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:58:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2005 11:58:36 AM EDT by dfariswheel]
Not sure if this is true, but I heard that Sinise said that since he couldn't sing or dance, he had nothing to offer the troops he visits, so he takes a satellite phone and lets the soldiers make a call home, on him.

Real, true class shows through like a silver dollar in a Hollywood pile of crap.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:08:04 PM EDT
dfariswheel: Like all of us, we do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether dancing and singing or just a phone call. Who wouldn't like a phone call from Lt. Dan? I would say that is pretty special for a person that is not specially connected with Hollywood.

BTW: Senise does play in band.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:10:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fadedsun:
I'm going to be watching CSI:NY more often. Gary is the man!

Ben



same here and a big +1 for gary !
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:13:34 PM EDT
Well, good. I get to add him to the list of pro-gun actors
Tom Selleck and Bruce Willis.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:17:51 PM EDT
Lieutenant Dan!
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:20:13 PM EDT
amazing that his career wasn't black listed by the liberals a long time ago
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