White House goes Hollywood for troops
October 12th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

White House goes Hollywood for troops

Some of entertainment’s biggest names have teamed up with the White House to film public service announcements that call on Americans to honor members of the military, their families, and veterans.

According to the White House, actor Tom Hanks, director Steven Spielberg, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey each star in a separate PSA, which will air on several major network and cable channels over the coming weeks.

The White House says the PSAs come in response to efforts by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who have teamed up in the past around efforts relating to military issues.  The spots were directed and produced by a joint partnership of several organizations, including the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America West.

“The entertainment community answered the Joining Forces call and has done what they do best – bring to life stories that move us,” Mrs.  Obama said in a statement.  “Through this PSA campaign, Americans will learn more about the unique challenges and needs of our military families, see their strength, resilience and service, and find out how they can give back to these extraordinary troops and families who have given us so much.”

The Spielberg, Hanks, and Winfrey PSAs can be viewed Here, Here, and Here.

Topics: Jill Biden • Michelle Obama

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    It's great that our First Lady and Prof Biden can gather up so much genuine support for our troops and their families.
    And that our President honors and respects our military enough to keep them out of harms way and as a last resort – as in Libya.
    We can be grateful that our President exhibits great trust, due diligence, & respect in directing our military into action as in the case of dealing with the Somalia pirates, "eliminating" Bin laden and many other top leaders of Al-Qaida – where others have failed.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • john

      Really? You need to have a conversation with a military person.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
      • saxon yardley


        Really? You need to have a conversation with a military person.

        October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply

        I have. Got five active serving currently, at least 3 agree with the sentiments of the top poster.

        Do you ever put any substance in your posts?

        October 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • John

        really. 3 agree? That means 40 % do not agree. Also, only 30% think we made a difference in the most recent wars we are in. His words and actions speak louder than your comments. Every military person I know, and I know quite a few, think nothing of this guy being in office. Before the comment about the corpsman they were giving him the benefit of the doubt. Then he proposed military cuts and troop cuts down to what many of the higher ranking folks I know say are putting soilders at risk. The majority of the military people I know also hate the fact that they are reporting to non-US military personnel. Say what you will, you obviously support all that BO does. I choose to question authority when things look and sound like something is not right.

        October 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        I know 4 military guys and gals and they approve of the president ant how he is handling his job.

        October 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • jeffthejarhead

      Some of what you say is true, but how about honoring and respecting us enoough not to destroy our unsusually hard earned retirement and medical benefits. After 20+ years of service most of us retire with no home and no stability and have to start at the bottom again, 20 years behind our civilian peers in the work force.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • "No We Haven't!"

      Grateful to our President? For what?

      For failing to honor his campaign promises to end the meaningless slaughter of innocent troops and wasting billions of dollars every week?

      "Yes We Can?" Its all just so much BS.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • Meymey

        John: Very good pniots. I have since researched and found the Defense Department statements which confirm that St. Obama was, indeed, invited to visit Landstuhl but cameras and political hangers-on were not permitted. So it seems that St. Obama made a calculated decision NOT to visit wounded/injured servicemembers at the hospital. We still don't have verification of the second email about St. Obama dissing the troops in Afghanistan, or the reports that many troops avoided meeting the candidate. Moreover, the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of likely voters shows McCain with a three-point lead nationwide; St. Obama didn't get much "bounce" regardless of what was reported. I hope people are beginning to look closely at the man because there isn't much substance there IMHO. My Texas friends would describe him as "all hat and no cattle."Tarheel Hawkeye

        March 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Howard

      People in the military can see right through obama's photo ops, fake concern, and fabricated P.R. ... that's why in their hearts, our military knows that obama is no friend to the America's soldiers !!!

      October 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Howard

      The obama's are shameless self-serving cons, the mainstream media are their shills, and the American people are their marks.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Carloss

        I feel sorry for her. Certainly now, after her losing but corladenibse effort, she would rather do anything other than get up in front of God and everyone in her Sunday best and sing the praises of her vanquisher. But you're right, if Obama loses—and I believe at this point that he's going to lose—she stands to lose more than she ever could in a mere national primary race.Do I have Helsinki Syndrome or what?yours/peter.

        July 31, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Infantry NCO

      I also am proud that the First Lady and Jill Biden can bring more support to myself and the other men and women fighting to defend our nation. With that being said....you need to stop drinking and wake up. So we aren't going to Libya. Big deal. Instead, we continue to fight and die in Afghanistan, going out everyday on pointless missions and useless patrols that are supposed to "bring a sense of security" to the Afghan people. I'm sorry, but walking through a village for 20 minutes, and not coming back for a week isn't bringing and sense of jack shit to anyone. You want to support NObama?? Support him when he brings us home as promised.

      October 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Don't you just love how the Castro News Network (CNN) omits (deletes?) most postings criticical of President NObama and his cronies, particularly those butt kissers in the entertainment industry. CNN, you "guys" are so obvious!!!

    What are you "guys" afraid of!?

    However, (still) stay tuned!

    October 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  3. porchhound

    I remember when Hollywood actually admired the military and you would see the likes of War Heroes like Audy Murphy on the silver screen. Now you rarely see an actual veteran get a movie part...even playing a VETERAN! Instead we get the Hollywood hero action figures who have never sacrificed anything for the security of this once great nation but who pontificate endlessly about what we SHOULD believe.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Jerry

    NVa Native, you are drinking way too, too much of the NObama spiked Kool Aid.

    If you are not careful enough, you are bound to get sick!

    October 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Vkyz

      What, precisely, was your point again? This is a raethr obscure argument, as befits an obscurest original post. My point is that I find it ludicrous to focus on Obama's alleged credit grab, when the real story here is the GOP field's apparently universal foreign policy ignorance and stupidly, as expressed in their Pavlovian anti-anything-Obama-does reactions. Don't you think it's slightly disturbing that the GOP frontrunner (according to some polls) Or do you agree the main focus of our departure from Iraq should be Obama's decision not to hang a mission accomplished style banner from the White House congratulating GWB on his successful completion of the Iraq war? Mata plays at presenting both sides, but in reality the entire post is an attempt to shift focus and blame for the GOP's muddled reaction back onto Obama, an attempt that really isn't very persuasive.Reply

      March 4, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  5. "No We Haven't!"

    If President Obama wants to honor the troops, he should honor his campaign promise to bring them home.

    As a left-leaning democrat, I will step over Mr. Obama's name on the ballot, and vote for anyone else with the courage to end these tragic, meaningless, wasteful, and deadly wars (Iraq and Afghanistan).

    Same on you, Mr. President.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  6. FedUp

    If Obama wants to honor the military, he should stop thinking about cutting their budget. He sits in his big house, with all expenses paid, flying everywhere he wants, partying all the time. No cuts there, of course. The military member and their family live below the poverty level up to E-5, don't have all their expenses paid, etc. Of course he wants to cut their pay, benefits, etc. Don't see him putting his life on the line for anyone. He hides behind the Secret Service. If you don't support the military, feel free to walk in front of them.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  7. Mike D

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm |