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The Muppets take the Pentagon

By Ed O'Keefe


What are military leaders doing paling around with Muppets?

"Sesame Street" stars Jesse, Elmo and Rosita stopped by the Pentagon on Tuesday for a special screening of their special, "When Families Grieve," which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn attended the screening and posed for pictures with the stars and Sesame Workshop President Gary Knell (The photo above comes courtesy of the Defense Department, via Mullen's Facebook page).

The program addresses the difficulty children face when a parent dies -- an issue of special importance to the U.S. military. An estimated 2.5 million American children under the age of 18 have experienced the death of a parent and as of March, estimates suggested that the 5,398 U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan had left 3,779 children without a parent and 2,669 spouses widowed, according to Sesame Workshop.

The show stars various "Street" characters and "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric, whose husband, Jay Monahan, died of cancer in 1998, leaving their two daughters without a father.

Following the program, Sesame Workshop plans to distribute free resources to military families and the general public coping with the death of a parent.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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With Jesse, Elmo and Rosita in the house, there has not been such intellect in the Pentagon since Donald Rumsfeld dined alone.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | April 13, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Jeffersonian1 this isn't about the GOP or Rumsfiel. This is about the children of our fallen war heroes who will grow up without their father or mother to guide them. How about celebrating them and leave out the nasty comments

Posted by: tsakai415 | April 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Tell me again - which ones were the Muppets???

Posted by: thornegp2626 | April 13, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Jeffersonian1 this isn't about the GOP or Rumsfiel. This is about the children of our fallen war heroes who will grow up without their father or mother to guide them. How about celebrating them and leave out the nasty comments
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And WHY did their fathers and mothers die?

The best thing anyone can do is to make sure the lives of their loved ones weren't given in vain -- let's not go to war again becuase a bunch of crazy DC ko0ks have weak, vague, unworkable ideas about global domination...

That isn't what the military is for...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | April 13, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Jim Henson would be proud. Kudos to the Henson Company and the Sesame Project for doing this!

Posted by: Athena4 | April 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeffersonian1
With Jesse, Elmo and Rosita in the house, there has not been such intellect in the Pentagon since Donald Rumsfeld dined alone.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn had nothing to do with the Rumsfeld Pentagon. They were appointed after and had nothing to do with us going to war in Iraq.

On average the US military has more education under their belt than the average American.

Posted by: moebius22 | April 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so the wars are for Disney. Good to know.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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