“And yes, he did walk off the base, so by technicality, that does make him one [a deserter], but…”
As the Canadian singer-songwriter and pop music one hit wonder Daniel Powter once crooned to the world “‘Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around.” Ironically, the family name of the British Columbian tune-smith along with the title of his only hit could be the reason why Bowe Bergdahl’s former roommate and ballet instructor gives him the benefit of the doubt regarding more than a few of his former comrades in arms accuse him of desertion in the face of the enemy, as reported by Fox News on June 3, 2014.
Sherry Horton, the artistic director of Ketchum, Idaho’s Sun Valley Ballet was interviewed also on June 3, 2014 by host Sean Hannity of the Fox News Hannity program where she retold of her past relationship with accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Relaying that prior to Bergdahl signing up for the Army, she was not only his roomie, but also his ballet instructor. By all accounts, the Army Sergeant was quite the ballet aficionado, taking professional lesson from his late teens to his mid twenties.
When queried by Hannity what her reaction might be “when you hear that the person that you were so close to said he’s ashamed to be an American and that America is disgusting? What is your reaction to that?” Horton was loyal to a fault of her former flatmate, “And I’m not sure any American, any person in general, has ever been 100 percent satisfied with their job and not had a bad day where they have said they wanted to quit, they wanted to kill their boss, they wanted to do whatever. You know, we all have those days on our job, and that’s basically what his was.”
Sticking with defending her protégé, when pressed by the show’s host, “Even though — even though almost everybody he served with said he was a deserter, you’re not believing them?” Horton shot back “You know, I can have an opinion and say what I want, too. And yes, he did walk off the base, so by technicality, that does make him one, but…”
Sun Valley Ballet has made reference in the form of a photo gallery on their official website to honor Burgdahl as as an alumni of the dance troupe. It is undisclosed as of yet if the former guest of the Taliban participated in any of Sun Valley Ballet’s much touted performances that include Christmas classic The Nutcracker, as well as other “full-length ballet from our expanding repertoire including; Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid.”