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Rumsfeld appearance a hit with Opry fans
AP ^ | 4/23/5

Posted on 04/23/2005 9:06:49 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As members of the U.S. military watched on television via satellite from Iraq, Dolly Parton invited their boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday.

The audience applauded as Rumsfeld appeared and thanked the troops serving in the military.

As people entered the auditorium for Saturday's show they were given postcards with "America supports you," printed on them. Audience members waved the cards and shouted their support to the troops watching on television.

Rumsfeld was sitting in the front row as Parton sang her hit "Coat of Many Colors" before he was introduced.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; dod; dollyparton; grandoleopry; rummyattheopry; rumsfeld
Dolly wouldn't have to invite me onstage more than once.
1 posted on 04/23/2005 9:06:50 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

When I first read the headline, I thought it said "Oprah" fans. I'm relieved to see that I haven't slipped into an alternate universe.


2 posted on 04/23/2005 9:08:57 PM PDT by John Jorsett (email: mistersandiego yahoo.com (put the at sign in between those two))
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To: SmithL

3 posted on 04/23/2005 9:10:43 PM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: SmithL

I'm surprised there was enough room for all 4 of them on that stage.


4 posted on 04/23/2005 9:13:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Ah, the sacrifices that Rumsfeld makes for his troops.


5 posted on 04/23/2005 9:16:00 PM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: John Jorsett; SmithL

I thought the title said "Oprah" too, and was thinking this thread was a joke.

This is neat!


6 posted on 04/23/2005 9:16:13 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Fee, Fie, Foe, FReep!!)
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To: SmithL

Gives me an even better reason to go to Dollywood next Saturday. Well, that, and the season passes...


7 posted on 04/23/2005 9:19:22 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: SmithL

He looked a little dazed after his encounter with Miss Dolly...

8 posted on 04/23/2005 9:20:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Dolly fainted on stage during that performance - She had to be carried out two abreast.


9 posted on 04/23/2005 9:20:30 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: SmithL

10 posted on 04/23/2005 9:22:26 PM PDT by Nick Danger (Honey, Intel wants to go outside)
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To: al baby

I love her movies - she is really funny - and not a bad accress either.


11 posted on 04/23/2005 9:29:23 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: xsmommy

I can't believe he was in town and I missed him!


12 posted on 04/23/2005 9:46:08 PM PDT by secret garden (feverishly freeping)
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt

Speaking of cup holders...


13 posted on 04/23/2005 9:49:16 PM PDT by tubebender (We child proofed our house but they still get in...)
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To: al baby

I like it when the big guns get some daylight !


14 posted on 04/23/2005 10:01:48 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: SmithL

Rummy Bump!!!


15 posted on 04/23/2005 10:04:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: John Jorsett

Yep the speed reading the title made me think Oprah too till I saw the stop and quit thinking pic of Dolly !


16 posted on 04/23/2005 10:08:17 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: SmithL

Very cool.....the strength of this country is in the heartland....God Bless the U.S.A. and all those who defend her.


17 posted on 04/24/2005 2:57:08 AM PDT by Route101
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To: SmithL
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, left,

Ha ha ha ha ha......


Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, left, thanks the audience for their support of the troops as he takes the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with host Dolly Parton in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, April 23, 2005. The Opry is celebrating its 80th year of entertaining. (AP Photo/John Russell)

18 posted on 04/24/2005 3:23:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SmithL

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld takes the stage with host Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry as troops watch the show live via satillite in Baghdad, from Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, April 23, 2005. The Opry is celebrating its 80th year of entertaining. (AP Photo/John Russell)
19 posted on 04/24/2005 3:26:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld acknowledges applause as he takes his seat at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, April 23, 2005. The Opry is celebrating its 80th year of entertaining.(AP Photo/John Russell)
20 posted on 04/24/2005 3:27:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SmithL
Rumsfeld was sitting in the front row as Parton sang her hit "Coat of Many Colors" before he was introduced.

Great song! I love Dolly's music, and love her even more now!
21 posted on 04/24/2005 3:29:56 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It was a SPLENDID show! I just happened to surf by and I'm soooo glad I did. Not only am I a big Dolly fan but to have Rummy and the troops too, just wonderful.

Dolly is moving back to her bluegrass and traditional music roots much like Ricky Skaggs has. Very nice to see.


22 posted on 04/24/2005 4:59:22 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: John Jorsett
When I first read the headline, I thought it said "Oprah" fans.

LOL! I did too! My mother warned me, now I'm into bifocals.....

23 posted on 04/24/2005 5:02:47 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (After 32 years of dealing with stupid people I still haven't earned the right to just shoot them.)
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To: SmithL

Hardly evidence of downsizing by Rummy as some suggest.


24 posted on 04/24/2005 5:13:22 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: al baby

Sadly, following the show, Ms. Parton was taken into custody by leftist Earth Firster groups on the grounds of violating several laws of nature, including those of "gravity"...

25 posted on 04/24/2005 5:18:36 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: prairiebreeze

Ricky Skaggs played at a W rally in St. Paul before the election. One great musician and entertainer. Concluded with a sincerely expressed endorsement of W.


26 posted on 04/24/2005 5:30:34 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

I hadn't heard about Skaggs playing at a W rally, nor about his endorsement of Bush (not surprising though).

Your middle statement, I'm very much aware of. ;^)


27 posted on 04/24/2005 5:40:54 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; GodBlessRonaldReagan; prairiebreeze

Great Pictures, Thanks!
Among the things we really miss about East Tennessee are our season passes to Dollywood. I love Dolly's voice. As far as I'm concerned, nobody on the planet does a better job singing "I will always love you."

Oh yeah, I'm also a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld, but he has other assets.


28 posted on 04/24/2005 9:22:20 AM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Rummy and Dolly are a good looking couple.


29 posted on 04/24/2005 10:02:36 AM PDT by BobS
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To: Nick Danger

Jeeze, if you put that pair in a '50s bra, they would be weapons of mass destruction.


30 posted on 04/24/2005 10:20:16 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: prairiebreeze
I got goosebumps.

So nice to know that the people I have been listening to for years and years.. have respect for our troopsand their bosses. :-)

31 posted on 04/24/2005 2:45:39 PM PDT by lysie
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To: SmithL; Peanut Gallery

bumps to the top


32 posted on 04/24/2005 2:52:25 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I enlisted for the college fund. What's it to ya'.)
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To: lysie

I'm glad you liked it too.


33 posted on 04/24/2005 2:54:41 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: prairiebreeze

Great to see indeed! One more reason Country Music is tryly Americas Music. Not to mention it's conservative!!


34 posted on 04/24/2005 5:59:52 PM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

My neice played at the Grand Ole Opry! As backup for Ricky Skaggs! It was awesome.


35 posted on 04/24/2005 6:01:40 PM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze
Dolly is moving back to her bluegrass and traditional music roots much like Ricky Skaggs has.

Ricky is my first cousin. And by the way, not only is he returning to BG, he's also performing a lot of Southern Gospel music. One of the reasons he formed his own music label was to have the freedom to do such things.
36 posted on 04/24/2005 6:04:46 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: tang-soo

Yes, I'm certainly aware of Ricky's gospel music having seen him in concert several times and also through his CD's.

I believe other bluegrass artists are recording on Ricky's label for the same reasons.

First cousin? Well,....cool beans! :^D


37 posted on 04/24/2005 6:25:26 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: tang-soo

We knew Ricky way back in 75 when he was playing with the Country Gentlemen. They were friends of ours. I have pictures of Ricky with our son's tiny fiddle. It was at a festival near Memphis. Son was 4 years old and it was the first festival he ever played. Ricky was intrigued by the minature fiddle. Son went on to become one of the best fiddle players in Bluegrass, growing up playing in his dad's band and traveling all over America. He settled down when he married. Now he only plays once a month with the staff band at the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnellsville, Ohio. He is also an excellent Mandolin player. He reminds me of Ricky a lot. Plays all instruments and sings a lot like Ricky. High Tenor.


38 posted on 04/24/2005 6:25:48 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

That's really interesting about your son WVNan, thanks for sharing that. It's nice to see the resurgence of interest in bluegrass and traditional music. Rock and roll just about did it in, (not slamming rock here, it was just real hard on traditional music performers at the time).

I don't know how those dedicated musicians like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs etc. kept it alive in those days. Must have been pretty hard.

But I'm sure glad they did.


39 posted on 04/24/2005 6:50:52 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: gidget7

"As backup for Ricky Skaggs!"

That's indeed awesome. She must be a very good musician in her own right.


40 posted on 04/25/2005 4:53:36 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: secret garden

i was just going to say, why didn't you tell me!!!!


41 posted on 04/25/2005 4:54:46 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WVNan

Nice story about your son. Sounds like you have many memories. Mine include going to visit my grandparents in Kentucky (we lived in COlumbus, Ohio) and Saturday evenings. Ricky and his family lived next door to my grandparents and during the cool of Summer evenings after the sun would dip below the mountains, everyone from around that area would come around and play their guitars. Usually eight or more. THis was around the late 1960s when I was 8-10 years old. Ricky is about three years older than me, so he would have been maybe 12 or 13. He was wowwing everyone back then.


42 posted on 04/25/2005 9:53:03 AM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
She was attending Vanderbilt at the time, and yes, she plays violin, flute, guitar, some piano, and yes fiddle, which is what she did on stage. Ricky Skaggs went to the University and chose a bunch of students to play for him. It was indeed awesome!
43 posted on 04/25/2005 10:19:12 AM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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