Video: “I suddenly remember how good the American people are …”

posted at 1:21 pm on August 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

After the butchery committed on James Foley by ISIS, the release of journalist Peter Theo Curtis from the clutches of Jabhat al-Nusra came as a pleasant shock — perhaps no more so than to Curtis himself. He made a brief media appearance today to express his overwhelming gratitude to those who worked for the last two years to win his freedom, and expressed his wonder at the goodness and kindness of his fellow Americans:


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In a brief news conference held down the road from his mother’s home in Massachusetts, Curtis said how “total strangers” have been coming up to him and telling him how grateful they are for his release.

“I suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their hearts,” he said.

“I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf,” he added. “I am overwhelmed by emotion.”

Curtis then explained that he needed to stay out of public view for a while in order to re-bond with his family, and therefore would be giving no interviews or taking any questions in the near future. At that point, the assembled journalists predictably began shouting questions at Curtis, to which he offered a gentle rebuke. “I’m one of you,” Curtis said, explaining that he wanted to help them “do your jobs,” but asked them again to respect his need to assimilate back into normal life. As he concluded his statement, several of them offered him congratulations on his freedom instead.

CBS news interviewed his cellmate, Matt Schrier, who escaped from the Nusra Front last year. In November 2013, 60 Minutes interviewed Schrier, who offered details about the torture that Curtis endured and the reason he didn’t make it out during the escape. The window, it turned out, was too narrow — and that led to a heartbreaking decision for both Schrier and Curtis. An earlier escape had failed, and it had cost them both:

CBS kept these parts of the show off the air at the time, but are offering them now that Curtis has been released. After watching this, hopefully journalists will understand why he needs quite a bit of time to rebuild his strength and his life before discussing his captivity with the media.


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The media whores need something to air so Curtis will simply need to be their pawn for a while.

What…you expect the MSM clowns to report on Dog Eater’s crimes, you homophobes?

Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I suddenly remember how good the American people are …”

Fool!

Nothing sharpens one’s wits faster than the blade of a knife, or a rope to one’s neck.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Was a deal made? Who made it? Or did al-Nusra just decide they didn’t want the same sort of publicity IS is getting?

GWB on August 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Where did you get the embed video, for Crist’s sake you can’t pause, stop, or turn up the volume.

Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Welcome home. Now, join the fight.

vnvet on August 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The guys said he made friends there and was treated well. It was as if he tried to make excuses for their behavior. Either he has Stockholm syndrome. He was there to fight with them. Or he is a spy.

No one and I mean no one goes to a war zone to teach English when he is a journalist. Maybe I watch too much homeland, but unless he was with the CIA, I would watch his butt like a hawk. Something about his story doesn’t feel right.

But other than that. I hope he enjoys his return fully.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Why GB is the center in the West.

The “Great” should be stricken from GB.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Bless him and his words of thanks.

PattyJ on August 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Or did al-Nusra just decide they didn’t want the same sort of publicity IS is getting?

GWB on August 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

This, but don’t be fooled. They are united with IS, and would/will cut your heads off, just the same.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The US gave up leading and IS, Russia and China filled the voids.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Kinfolk said “Juan, move away from there;
californie is the place you ought to be”: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/26/Pew-Survey-1-3-of-Mexicans-Want-to-Move-to-America-60-Disapprove-of-Pe-a-Nieto-s-Economy

Jerry Brown’s got the light on for you.

davidk on August 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The US oaf, who’s chief, is a malicious ignorant dilettante, and proud of hisself.

IS knocked out his Utopian pipedreams.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

He “suddenly” remembers? He didn’t remember before? Jerk.

Missy on August 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM

obama gave IS the details about his drone flights. They can now hide the equipment and themselves too.

He released how many boots are on the ground, in spite of claiming that there are none (which was always baloney).

He told IS that “we don’t have enough drones because some are chasing the stolen girls in Nigeria”.

He gave up droning the Taliban at the border with Poookistan.

He’s the opposite of Genghis Khan.

His two fathers were Sunni.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM

But, squirrels and priorities

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade,” she writes in the e-mail. “Like many of my friends, I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions. That’s when I knew I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and why I’m proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Women are Watching campaign to ensure that young women know the high stakes for women’s health and rights this November.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/08/26/scarlett-johansson-abortion-shirts

davidk on August 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Sounds like another leftist fool.

His first question to his mom when he became free was whether or not Obama was re-elected.

sentinelrules on August 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Um, Obama RAN on “stepping back” from foreign intervention. And was elected twice.

everdiso/lester on August 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

American hegemony isn’t going to come back. Ever.

That level of power and influence is done with. And so, every now and then someone’s going to try and show us that. And just in the way you ignore most murders and other deaths, you’ll just have to learn to ignore those. A life is a life either way, and most of you spend most of your days with little regard for the people dying around you all the time.
libfreeordie on August 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

#smartpower

everdiso/lester on August 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

The obama “smartpower” is now replaced by IS (Islamic State), a global concatenation of terrorists, united.

First they’ll chop off the heads of everpisso/lester and the HA slave.

The world who cheered for obama, deserves him in full. Too bad the rest got him too.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

He “suddenly” remembers? He didn’t remember before? Jerk.

Missy on August 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM

“For the first time in my life, I’m proud to be an American.”

davidk on August 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Should be in quotes

American hegemony isn’t going to come back. Ever.
That level of power and influence is done with. And so, every now and then someone’s going to try and show us that. And just in the way you ignore most murders and other deaths, you’ll just have to learn to ignore those. A life is a life either way, and most of you spend most of your days with little regard for the people dying around you all the time.
libfreeordie on August 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I would watch his butt like a hawk.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

No doubt.

faraway on August 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Curtis then explained that he needed to stay out of public view for a while in order to re-bond with his family

And, likely, told by intelligence to shut up for a time.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Man, has this guy been gone for a while!

We’re all Racists here buddy.

ToddPA on August 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

At that point, the assembled journalists predictably began shouting questions at Curtis, to which he offered a gentle rebuke. “I’m one of you,” Curtis said, explaining that he wanted to help them “do your jobs,” but asked them again to respect his need to assimilate back into normal life.

More cynically, these are the kinds of questions that he will be answering in his forthcoming book about his ordeal.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

HEY! He OWES them! They’re “the press”!

GarandFan on August 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

If he reads these comments he’ll suddenly remember how nasty Americans can be.

steel guy on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“I suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their hearts.”
- Peter Theo Curtis

“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” – Big Mo

Pork-Chop on August 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

More cynically, these are the kinds of questions that he will be answering in his forthcoming book about his ordeal.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Better for him to make money on it than CNN. Viva la Capitalism.

faraway on August 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

davidk on August 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Oops. Beat me to it.

Pork-Chop on August 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

sentinelrules on August 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Ugh.

WhirledPeas on August 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

“I suddenly remember how good the American people are …”

Well there goes that dream of working for the NY Times.

rhombus on August 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Video: “I suddenly remember how good the American people are …”

Seems that the ones who appreciate America the most are the ones who are held in captivity by various barbarians around the world and come back.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

sincerely glad he is ok.

dmacleo on August 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Will Patton will be cast as him in the forthcoming biopic. Tell me he won’t.

The Schaef on August 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Let’s see how long he remembers it.

formwiz on August 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Hasn’t tried reclining in coach recently.

WryTrvllr on August 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Was a deal made? Who made it? Or did al-Nusra just decide they didn’t want the same sort of publicity IS is getting?

GWB on August 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Good question. The TV news conveniently noted at the end of their report that “the government was not involved in the release”.

Hmmm, so at a time when the government would like to be involved, they were not. They soiled themselves with the Bergdahl case, but not this one. There’s a significant untold story here.

virgo on August 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM