Video: Before Surprise White House Visit, Kiss Rocker Gene Simmons Gives Emotional Speech at Pentagon: “America is the Promised Land”

Legendary Kiss rocker Gene Simmons visited the Pentagon and White House Thursday. At the White House, Simmons was seen entering the grounds with his wife Shannon Tweed.

At his stop at the Pentagon, Simmons greeted troops and gave a very emotional speech about being a young immigrant child from Israel, choking up as he talked his recently deceased 93-year-old mother’s love of America. Simmons said his mother was a Nazi concentration camp survivor who gave birth to him in Israel before immigrating to the United States. Simmons noted he is from what is known as the Promised Land, but said to take it from him that “America is the Promised Land”.

Watch the video by McClatchy Washington Bureau:

 

Frustrated reporters noted Simmons spoke to the press in the briefing room, which has not had an on camera briefing by a Pentagon spokesman in nearly a year, at a time of heightened tension with Iran.

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