Why I'm a #ProudAmerican: Featuring Greta, Bill, Megyn, Sean & More!
Are you a proud American? If so, you're in good company.
Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren are just a handful of the many Fox News hosts who shared the reasons that they're proud Americans ahead of the Fourth of July.
Fox News also spoke with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and country music star Kellie Pickler about why they love the U.S.
Read on to see what they had to say.
Plus, don't miss the "Proud to Be an American" special, hosted by Brian Kilmeade, on Saturday at 5p ET.
And don't forget to show your pride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #ProudAmerican.
Megyn has many reasons why she loves America – from freedom to education to baseball to ice cream cones.
“Why I love America: Because it’s the land of the free – freedom of speech, of religion, of thought —and it’s the home of the brave, like the courage we see from the men and women who put their lives at risk every day in some far-off land, in the dirt and the dust and the sand and the scorching sun, not seeing their own families for months on end, all to protect us and the principles we hold dear,” she said. “I love America because we have apple pie and Cheerios and baseball and ice cream cones, because we let girls play outside and get muddied up after school, because we let girls go to school, because we let boys be whoever they are and love ‘em like crazy no matter what, because despite our politics – our political correctness, our race wars, gender wars, reality TV show wars, what have you – at heart, we really are indivisible, and slowly but surely working on the liberty and justice for all.”
Bill explained that opportunity makes America the greatest country in the world.
Dana said that she and former President George W. Bush traveled all over the world and encountered people who wanted to be more like Americans everywhere they went.
“They believed in our values, they longed for our freedoms, and they appreciated our national identity that is rooted in independence,” she said. “We are a powerful nation, yet we don’t seek anyone else’s territory, we support their efforts to live freely. We are a special, exceptional nation. Let’s keep it that way.”
Eric recounted how he grew up poor, yet went on to play professional baseball, start a business and work in TV.
“It’s all thanks to opportunity that the free market provides, but remember, the free market isn’t free. There’s a cost of freedom, and our military pays it every day,” he said, urging viewers to buy a beer or dinner for a service member.
“I get to say anything I want about anyone I want, and all thanks to the sacrifices of those who have done much heavier lifting than me so I’m free to read a prompter and praise them for all they’ve done for us,” Neil said.
Andrea remarked that Americans can say what they want without fear of persecution.
Dr. Manny Alvarez:
Manny described America as “a country founded on principles of character and moral compass, and of course, the love of God.”
Bret and his family are proud to be Americans because of the service and sacrifice of military members and their families.
Greta Van Susteren:
Greta agreed that the military tops the list of reasons to be a proud American.
“I have to give a shout-out to the military families who sacrifice so much for all of us," she said. "Yes, they all make us proud.”
Sean said he worked as a paper boy, a dishwasher, a cook, a busboy, a waiter, a bartender, and “every construction job imaginable,” then was able to pursue his dream of working in broadcasting.
“Only in America,” he said.
Jenna said that her Navy SEAL husband has shown her that love of country runs deep for so many people.
Harris, who was born on an Army base, said that the National Anthem played so often that it became the first song she ever learned. She said she had the privilege of performing the National Anthem at some of the nation’s biggest sporting venues.
“The lyrics ring true,” she said. “Ours is the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Kelly explained that he was raised by a single mother, who taught him that he could accomplish anything through hard work and prayer.
“She taught me to believe that I could accomplish anything as long as I worked hard, prayed hard and believed that I could accomplish it,” he said. “I did. I’m working here at the no. 1 news organization in America, thanks to a single-parent mom believing in the dream, believing in me, and she’s made me a proud American.”
Greg said he’s a proud American because of the men and women in uniform who serve this country.
“They’re brave and courageous, they’re smart and funny, and sometimes, they give their lives,” he said.
Juan said he’s a proud American because of our nation’s creativity, citing books, music, movies and companies like Apple and Google.
He called America “the greatest country in the world, most creative country in the world.”
Kimberly, who was born to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father, said she’s blessed that her parents sacrificed so much so that she and her brother could get a great education in America.
She added that she’s thankful for the sacrifice of the military, which protects our freedom.
“It’s because of them that we have the liberty to be whatever we want to be in life,” she said.
“I’m proud that I live in America, where we celebrate this day when the little guys stood up to government tyrants and beat them, and then built the freest, most prosperous country ever,” John said.
Do you know why Greg is proud to be a citizen of “the greatest country that ever was?”
“We have western omelets,” he said. “Top that, Belgium, and your stupid waffles.”
Gen. Ray Odierno:
Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, said that he feels lucky to have been born in this great nation.
“Even though we have our problems and our differences, it’s the greatest country in the world,” he said.
Kellie Pickler said that going on eight USO tours has helped her have a greater appreciation for her life.
“I’m so blessed to just be an American woman. I wake up in the morning, and I get to do what I want with my day, I get to do what I want with my life,” she said. “That’s a privilege and a luxury that so many people are denied. I don’t take it for granted. I’m so blessed, I’m so thankful, I’m so appreciative to wake up on U.S. soil.”