October 9, 2003 - CNN Television: Lou Dobbs calls Peace Corps "a remarkable success" on CNN Reports

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Lou Dobbs calls Peace Corps "a remarkable success" on CNN Reports

This evening on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Reports," Mr. Dobbs presented a segment of the "Great American Giveaway" on the Peace Corps. The segment was reported by Casey Wian from Los Angeles and although the segment was only 3 minutes long, it was so well written and produced, that they were three of the best minutes the Peace Corps has had on television in a long time.

The segment showed a series of images starting with volunteers getting off the plane in Ghana, to JFK, to images of Returned Volunteers like Senator Chris Dodd and Bob Vila, to returned Volunteer Dan Foote talking about the Peace Corps, to Director Vasquez talking about the many leaders he has met overseas who were touched by the Peace Corps, to Joseph Siegle of the Foreign Relations Council and ended up with Lou Dobbs saying that the Peace Corps is a remarkable success. The segment also mentioned that President Bush is pushing to double the Peace Corps and that the Peace Corps is lobbying Congress for the funds to make it happen.

This was the best advertisement we have seen for the Peace Corps on television in a long time. Read and comment on our transcription of the segment and selection of photos at:

CNN's Lou Dobbs takes a look at the Peace Corps*

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CNN's Lou Dobbs takes a look at the Peace Corps

Lou Dobbs:

Tonight we continue our series of special reports - the Great American Giveaway.

The Peace Corps has been helping poor countries around the world now for 40 years.

At the same time it has helped improve this country's image.

The program has been so successful that President Bush now wants to double the number of volunteers.

Casey Wian has the story.

Casey Wian:

The Peace Corps wasn't JFK's idea but more than anyone he made it happen.


"It is a genuine effort by the people of the United States particularly those who are young to play their part in working for Peace and improving the lives of all mankind."

Casey Wian:

While many nations have started similar programs, the Peace Corps remains the world's largest government funded volunteer organization aiding developing nations.

Casey Wian:

One Hundred Seventy Thousand (170,000) Americans from Senators to TV stars have served in 136 countries, building homes, improving agriculture, teaching English.

RPCV Dan Foote:

"It helps to overcome the perception overseas in many places that Americans are the richest, most spoiled, most selfish nation in the world."

Casey Wian:

Peace Corps Volunteers are often the first Americans people in developing nations meet.

Gaddi Vasquez:

"There are many leaders in countries today who sit as Prime Ministers, as Vice-Presidents, as Presidents, as ministers of various agencies and organizations who were taught and trained by Peace Corps Volunteers during their childhood or during their youth. "

Casey Wian:

The Peace Corps has evolved beyond its college campus roots. Now 6% of its 7,000 volunteers are 50 or older.

Joseph Siegle:

"The Peace Corps budget is about $300M a year currently and I think it probably has more bang for the buck in terms of improving US image than just about anything else that we are spending that amount on."

Casey Wian:

President Bush wants to double the Peace Corps ranks to 14,000 volunteers and boost its budget to $500M by 2007.

Casey Wian:

That would be the fastest build up since the program started in 1961.

Casey Wian:

While the Peace Corps lobbies Congress for more money, there is no shortage of Americans willing to volunteer.

Casey Wian:

Peace Corps has a backlog of 200,000 people who have requested information and applicants outnumber accepted volunteers by more than two to one. Lou.

Lou Dobbs:

A remarkable success - over four decades - the Peace Corps.

Casy Wian reporting from Los Angeles. Thank you Casey.

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