Bush to Appear on 'Deal or No Deal' to Surprise US Soldier

By Michael W. Chapman | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has taped a surprise "good luck" video for a U.S. soldier, Capt. Joe Kobes, who is a contestant on the popular television game show, "Deal or No Deal," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Friday.

The president's video will air on Monday's episode of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," and the network will be previewing clips from the video over the weekend.

The president's video will thank Kobes for his military service and wish him luck on the game show, in which he will compete for a top prize of $1 million. "It really is actually an emotional moment for Captain Kobes and his family," Fratto told reporters at the White House press briefing.

The president agreed to make the video when he learned from the producers of "Deal or No Deal" that he is one of Kobes' heroes.

Kobes, however, has his own claim to "hero" status, having served three tours of duty in Iraq and receiving a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained when his truck was blown up in 2004. The 29-year-old Army transportation officer volunteered for his last two Iraq deployments and has signed-up for another three-year stint with the Army.

"Hosted by Howie Mandel, 'Deal or No Deal' is an exhilarating hit game show where contestants play and deal for a top prize of $1 million in a high-energy contest of nerves, instincts and raw intuition," according the show's write-up on NBC.com.

"Each night, the game of odds and chance unfolds when a contestant is confronted with 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash - ranging from a measly penny to $1 million. Without knowing the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one - his to keep, if he chooses - until its unsealing at game's end," the site explains.

When asked how Captain Kobes fared in his bid to become a millionaire, Fratto said he didn't know. "You'll have to watch the show," Fratto said.

Kobes is from Sumner, Wash., and is now in military training in Virginia.

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