“I grew up in a conservative family in Los Angeles,” Bob Bergdahl, the father of the then-American POW, told an Idaho Republican Party fundraiser in 2010. “My father was for Goldwater. He wore a Nixon button in our liberal Jewish neighborhood. I was the lone UC Santa Barbara surfer who voted for Ronald Reagan.”
Michael Ames, a reporter who at the time was covering the event for AOL, writes in the Daily Beast that Bergdahl was the “local UPS man” in the small town of Hailey. After his son disappeared from his unit in a remote region of Afghanistan, “we all pretended things were normal” when Bergdahl would deliver packages to shops and homes that had “Bring Bowe Home” signs in their windows.