The St. Paul Pioneer Press describes Geraldo departing the front:
"Rivera signed a few autographs, exchanged a few soul hugs and headed off for the flight back to professional exile in Kuwait. He could have been the drummer for some aging rock band choppering out of the Arizona State Fairgrounds show….
"[TV Reporter Dean] Staley went on to say, 'A handful of troops here wanted pictures with G and autographs. A few shook his hand. Others here wanted to harm him, were disgusted with him, thought he should have been sent home in a Humvee (a 40-hour drive south through the desert).
"'We later found out a few who shook his hand had put those hands in unmentionable places prior. Army justice?'"