American Exceptionalism

Scooter and El Scorcho

American Exceptionalism highlights everything exceptional about the greatest nation on the planet - USA! Each week we highlight people, places, events that make it the greatest country ever. American success stories from common everyday citizens - the people that make this the greatest nation! A success story each week, along with airing of grievances.....if we can make you think, laugh and cry in 30 mins - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! read less
S1 E14 - Former Iran Hostage Rocky Sickmann
S1 E14 - Former Iran Hostage Rocky Sickmann
This Thanksgiving Holiday we are blessed as Americans and have A LOT to be thankful for, no matter what the WOKE media may tell us.  Scooter and Scorcho spend time with Rocky Sickmann - US Marine Veteran that was held hostage by the Iranian regime for 444 days spanning two Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  All of our guests have wonderful stories but Rockys story is one you won't want to miss.  Born in 1957 in suburban St. Louis, Mo., Rodney V. “Rocky” Sickmann enlisted in the Marines in 1975 in the wake of the Vietnam War. He spent a few years in the infantry before joining the Marine Corps Security Guard Battalion (present-day Marine Corps Embassy Security Group), which watches over U.S. Embassies worldwide. In October 1979 Sergeant Sickmann was posted to the embassy in Tehran, Iran. Weeks later, on November 4, radical Islamic students stormed the compound and took Sickmann and 51 other American's captive. Over the next 444 days he and his fellow hostages endured privation and torture as officials sought their release. On April 24, 1980, eight U.S. servicemen died during a failed rescue attempt known as Operation Eagle Claw. To secure the hostages’ release, President Jimmy Carter’s administration signed an accord on Jan. 19, 1981, that among other concessions removed a freeze on nearly $8 billion in Iranian assets and included a pledge “not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran’s internal affairs.” The next day, within minutes of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as U.S. president, Iran released the hostages. Soon after arriving home, Sickmann left the Marines for a successful career in sales. He now works for Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to the children and spouses of U.S. military men and women disabled or killed in service to their country.Rocky is not hesitant to tell the world exactly what he is thankful for and one of his biggest regrets to this day!!!!!Schorcho is fired up in another excellent Airing of Grievances - wearing a mask, driving around in a car by yourself?  What's up with that?  Schorcho wants to know!Scooter and Scorcho wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday!  Take a moment and reflect upon what you are grateful for.  The length of your list may surprise you!Quick footnote - the disease that escaped Scooter in airing of Grievances was ZIKA!God Bless!  USA!