John Wayne is one of my favorite movie stars. Not because he was a particularly gifted actor, though he was much better than he usually gets credit for, but because throughout his career and his life, he tried to live up to the principles the United States stands for and because he loved and was loyal to the United States of America until the very end of his life. He was willing to make The Green Berets in defense of the United States at the height of Hollywood's anti-Americanism during the Vietnam War and he staunchly fought America's enemies all his life- whether on screen or off.
In 1966, he was a guest on Dean Martin's television show and Dean asked him what he wanted for his then-eight-month-old daughter Marisa. Wayne's reply is one of the great responses in television history and is fortunately preserved on YouTube. Watch the clip below and see if this doesn't make you feel a little better- it certainly made my day.
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.