Last evening, during the half-time program of ABC television's Monday Night Football (see January 7 below), Sir Paul made a brief, pre-recorded appearance during which he talked about freedom and the events of September 11th:"It's good to see America recovering from this, and let's hope that America now goes from strength to strength, and that this becomes a terrible thing in our history that reminds us how valuable our freedom is. And I think the sportsmen in the NFL (the National Football League) have to get back to normality and play the game. It was great to see these people who the country loved and admired as football heroes, showing their love for America and freedom."Following these remarks, a Freedom video was shown of Sir Paul singing this song at the "Concert for New York" interspersed with clips of football players and rescue workers and lots of American flags. Then, Sir Paul appeared on the screen again to say:"I think in the past the American flag may have just stood for America. I think this time it stood for defiance of oppression and it stood for a new thing - it stood for freedom."The segment ended with more poignant scenes from the Freedom video.
Millions of viewers saw Sir Paul's appearance last evening. Monday Night Football is consistently one of most watched programs on American television. Being a prime-time program that appeals to a broad spectrum of viewers, the show remains one of the top 10 television programs every week it is broadcast.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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