Feelgood video of the day: Safe at second

posted at 6:36 pm on April 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

Missed this on Friday, but it’s an instant classic of the genre and the perfect palate cleanser for a slow news day.

Don’t miss the close-up photos after you watch.


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Eff. Yeah.

WeekendAtBernankes on April 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Welcome Home and Thanks to the Sarge and his family!. We are a lucky and blessed people.

oldroy on April 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Damn, I hate it when the keys get all wavy…

lovingmyUSA on April 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Check out the bottom photo at the link. The daughter’s expression made me cry even harder, and the little guy’s bright face gave me hope.

Someone needs to make “AP Palate Cleanser Facial Tissues”…

pookysgirl on April 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I hope I speak for the majority of H.A folks …..
When you watch a clip like that one – Tears Come to Your Eyes!

Thats just great!!!!
Way to go MLB

not-ur-avragejoe on April 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

We need more stories of this, not a story on war on woman oh pleaaase

Conservative4ev on April 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Thank you so much AP for this! With all the bad stuff we see in the press, this sure makes my eyes water and later shine!
God bless our wonderful men and women in the military.
L

letget on April 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The picture of the daughter running to greet her Dad made my vision all screwed up.

portlandon on April 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Totally safe. Love the littlest man stepping to the cameraman! Fearless.

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The picture of the daughter running to greet her Dad made my vision all screwed up.

portlandon on April 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

SNIFF – me too

gophergirl on April 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

nice

Erich66 on April 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Love the little guy in the hat… ; )

The Ugly American on April 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

And, I’m leaking

Fallon on April 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

4 months? Gosh, I remember going 2 years without seeing my dad when he was overseas.

ButterflyDragon on April 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This is why I can’t understand the Pentagon’s refusal to allow a huge Welcome Home parade through the Canyon of Heroes. Let the country celebrate these incredible people and thank them for their service.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Too bad a picture of Ozzie Guillen pops up immediately when the video is over. I’d love to see him tell the Sarge how much he loves Castro.

stout77 on April 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The way they all should be greeted home.

Speakup on April 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Nicely done.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Way to go, Blue!

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Darn dust…

(wipes eyes)

… I really have to clean up this place.

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Love the little guy in the hat… ; )

I dig his little glasses.

lowandslow on April 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

This has got to be the best of all the reunion videos, period. First, a job well done for the Mariners’ organization, an absolutely genius idea, whomever came up with it.

I can only imagine the excitement of that little boy seeing his dad like that. And, apparently, mom wasn’t in on it based on the hugging that was going on.

Now, I need to tend to my allergies, the damn pollen this time of year …

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I could be wrong but I don’t think there was a half second of hesitation on the part of the Mariners in agreeing to play along with this. They may not be the best team on the field but there is no doubt that they support our troops. Well done, Mariners, well done.

Lammo on April 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Someone turn on the HotAir exhaust fan. The onion fumes are out of control.

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

A great story. Every solider should be recognized so boldly.

But I think if Romney wins, we expect to return to more criticism against our troops by the left and those like Obama, saying our troops in Afghanistan are “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrW4fOGIMVY

redeye on April 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Finally! Media has found some people more important than Øbama and not been snarky about it!

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

This is why I can’t understand the Pentagon’s refusal to allow a huge Welcome Home parade through the Canyon of Heroes. Let the country celebrate these incredible people and thank them for their service.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Roger that +1,000,000,000,000! (That would be a trillion, of course, and I would’ve gone further but don’t want Obama’s representatives here to think there could be numbers bigger than that.)

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Thanks AP. And thank you to all the American military families for your great sacrifices.

d1carter on April 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I promised myself I wouldn’t *choke* cry….

kjl291 on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Beautiful! Very classy MARINERS!

CA_Conservative on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Those never get old.

Welcome home Sgt. and glad to see the hometown Mariners making me proud.

AndrewsDad on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Many thanks to all the current and former military and their families who have protected the USA for so many years. Your dedication an patriotism is inspirational!

The video and pictures were a great testimony; maybe instead of following the Kardasians or Lohan we should follow our hero’s.

FLconservative on April 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Those never get old.

Welcome home Sgt. and glad to see the hometown Mariners making me proud.

AndrewsDad on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Agreed, on all your points.

You know, somebody should make a documentary or something, including all these reunion videos, and sell the CDs/downloads, the profits going to the Wounded Warrior Project, Fischer House or other such organizations. If I had the time and weren’t so tech-challenged, I’d do it.

AP rightly refers to these as “Feelgood videos”, but they’re really “Fealgreat videos”.

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

(Where’s my hankie…….)

I gotta go blow my nose…..

(probably need a new keyboard too……I hate when they get wet)

Vntnrse on April 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Tears!!!! That was great!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on April 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Why is the video so blurry?

JeffWeimer on April 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Looks like I need to re-up my contact lens prescription. I can’t see anything through these overly-moist ones.

El Dillo on April 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Welcome Home!!!

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

That was great!
They were great!
You were great!
We need more slow news days!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Stroked a $14k check to the frickin’ IRS today, but the thought that at least some of my hard-earned money is going to pay the salaries of men and women like Sgt. Smerer kind of takes some of the sting out.

Nom de Boom on April 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

*Damned dust*

Gothguy on April 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Boy pollen in the air got really thick.

Jabez01 on April 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Well played…

RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I can never get enough of this sort of thing. God Bless this man and his family.

predator on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

What everyone else said!

Bob's Kid on April 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

This wouldnt be possible to see if Al Gore hadnt invented this darn internet..love ya AL. Say, Olby’s a little ruff on ya huh. I heard you played some Bush parodies to some massage hookers..awesome!

malkinmania on April 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

And this is why Baseball is AMERICA’S game.

wildcat72 on April 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This wins. Hard. Amazing.

Gingotts on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM

God Bless all who serve and may God bless their families.

redmama on April 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Awesome.

Now I’ve got to do something about the monitor getting all fuzzy

AZfederalist on April 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Lovely. Beautiful.

LibertyJane on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Damned allergies….

sablegsd on April 18, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Late to the thread, but don’t forget what this POS troll thinks about our military:

Get off it. I’m so tired of elevating soldiers to sainthood. Fine he was in Iraq. Good for him. So what am I supposed to do, bow down in his presence because he went into the military? Big deal.

angryed on April 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Trafalgar on April 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Damn it, allergies really kicked up there.

Great story, and welcome home, Sgt.!

Torch on April 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

8 years after ending 21 years on active duty, and stuff like this still moves me.

Love of family is a very large part of why we serve, and our own family is always the one who bears the greatest burden. A moment of joy for them is far less than they deserve.

Freelancer on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Happy for the whole family –
but this public spectacle of the personal moments just makes me uncomfortable.
At least in this case, the kids seemed old enough to handle the theatrics well.
When they jump out of a cake and surprise a 7 year old, and the little kid then breaks down sobbing…ugh.
I don’t think we should get ‘feel good moments’ by exploiting what must be hugely emotional moments for these families.
You know the military and tv PR people who planned and staged this were disappointed that the kid didn’t start crying and shaking.
But I’m not.
Again…very happy for them.

verbaluce on April 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM