You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

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This one has been around for awhile; but, a neighbor just emailed it to me and I think it deserves being brought to mind again. ~LTG

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

These stories are good reminders of how proud and thankful we should always be as Americans:

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,
Does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaule did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.


When in England ,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ’empire building’ by George Bush.

He answered by saying,
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

You could have heard a pin drop.


There was a conference in France</strong> <strong>where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"</strong>
A Boeing engineer</strong> <strong>stood up and replied quietly: "<span style="color:#ff0000;">Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships</span><span style="color:#ff0000;">;</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>how many does France have?"</strong></span>
You could have heard a pin drop.</strong> <strong>

A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it thatwe always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”

Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

You could have heard a pin drop.



Robert Whiting,
  an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France previously.

“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”

The American said,
“The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

“Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”

The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

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11 responses to “You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

  1. Good stuff!

  2. And, after the war we had the Marshall Plan to provide food and supplies to our vanquished enemies.
    Just being Americans, we have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

  3. Why do they plant trees along the boulevards of Paris?
    -So the Germans can march in the shade.
    And I say next time, we kick back and let ’em.

  4. and now with the revisionists and liberal propaganda mongers infiltrading into our education system these short facts will be brushed aside and buryed so the sheeple will bray along to the big government mandate and be told what to think and when to think it.

  5. I am also sick and tired of our weasel politicians apologizing for our great nation. And wrapping their arms around this commie / socialist / marxist OWS movement!
    Catch my blog at
    And read my piece entitled “We the People” owe an apology to our Veterans of Foreign Wars

  6. Thanks. Very sweet!!!!
    USA, USA, USA, USA!!!

  7. “You could hear a pin drop!” As though on another one of these occasions an American said yet another monumental thing that sent everyone dumbstruck with awe. Most of them are made up, I checked, they only appear in this or identical items and cannot be substantiated.
    You will never know how strange you people are, the Dunning-Kruger Effect sees to that. In the mean time, 99.65% of you will be shouting
    USA, USA, USA, USA!!!
    While the rest fill their pockets with your taxes and manipulate the rights of the majority, and if you dare to say anything, you will be called Un-American.
    Never mind the pin dropping, when is the penny going to drop?
    Some of you rednecks should start to realise that the only proof you have that the USA “Leads the world” is because another American told you? You should listen to the rest of the world and what they think, and stop making everyone else out to be second rate. It is just not Christian. You are Christians aren’t you? It is hard to tell with all the guns, murder and porn, oh, and the Westboro’ Baptist Church.
    And don’t think I have no complaints about the UK, I have loads, at least I am not frightened to mention them.

  8. This is a bunch of made up or adapted anecdotes that frankly make us all look like idiots. I am a patriot and I don’t need a bunch of made up, feel good crap to prove it.
    This is a real “death by cringe” item. Jeez.


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