May 9th, 2009
01:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama meets with Capt. Richard Phillips

ALT TEXTPresident Obama meets with Capt. Richard Phillips in the Oval Office on Saturday. Phillips is the cargo-ship captain whose capture by pirates triggered a dramatic U.S. Navy rescue off the coast of Africa last month. Phillips was joined by his wife, Andrea. Photo credit: Pete Souza/White House


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  1. Hey BIG Spender

    Very brave honorable American- he deserves the attention!

    May 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Lori

    President Obama and the military did an excellent job rescuing Cpt. Phillips. Good job Mr. President, our navy men and women, and Cpt. Phillips is a hero.

    May 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. fapturboonlineforextrading1

    This is a symbolic act that the president has poased.

    May 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Capt. Richard Phillips has shown what a real hero is. The very fact he put his crew's safety first and preserving his ship & cargo and being the hostage is the finest kind of heroism.

    A very selfless act of great courage. He could very easily have been killed by those pirates, and I think he knew it, but still never gave up.

    The SEAL team is to be commended as well as all the Naval personnel involved in his rescue for their great work in this incident, and the pirates got exactly what they deserved...dead

    May 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Joel

    Gosh, whatever became of the tradition of dressing a bit nicely for the White House? Did Andrea Phillips not get the memo? Democrat or Republican, fan of Obama's or foe, how about a little respect for the office itself? She looks like she stopped by the Oval Office on her way home from Walmart! (Nothing against Walmart, mind you...)

    May 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. nija

    Way to go Mr. President.

    May 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. elliott

    Maybe Obama will learn something about bravery...

    May 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. richard, NV

    She don't look happy... must be a republican.

    May 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Donnygull

    Two brave, intelligent American men that many in America would be wise to emulate.

    May 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Rhonda Johnson

    Hey cares about regular folk!

    May 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. clysly

    Kill all the Pirates Barack!

    May 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This guy is "everybody's President".

    I like him more and more every day, and I increasingly hate my own Republican Party for being so "nobody's anything".

    Help! Where can a moderate Republican find a new party? Come on Republican moderates ... let's get it together ... We could be the Moderate Party. Or we could be the Life's-not-so-bad party. ... WE can be anything but what we are now. The ultra-right-no-way-won't-play-go-away-make-you-pay-hate-the yeas-gotta-have-our-way party.

    Yuck !

    Let's just all leave. Someone please lead the moderates out of the wilderness

    May 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. az voter

    This guy is "everybody's President".

    I like him more and more every day, and I increasingly hate my own Republican Party for being so "nobody's anything".

    Help! Where can a moderate Republican find a new party? Come on Republican moderates ... let's get it together ... We could be the Moderate Party. Or we could be the Life's-not-so-bad party. ... WE can be anything but what we are now. The ultra-right-no-way-won't-play-go-away-make-you-pay-hate-the yeas-gotta-have-our-way party.

    Yuck !

    Let's just all leave. Someone please lead the moderates out of the wilderness

    May 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. barking republican ankle biters

    Good for the President but from what I have read this guy is a real dork.

    May 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. elathia

    Why isn't Mr. Obama (not my president) meeting with the Seals that saved him from doom?

    May 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Tom McCarey

    I trust this inspired indigestion for Dick Cheney.

    May 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. yeah

    this captain did the right thing, he fought back. advising ships that running is the rest option in defending against pirates will only do one thing, force pirates to get faster boats. The thing to do is ARM merchant ships. Its what people did in the old days to beat piracy and its what we should do now. there is no way I would get on ship that was unarmed and go out to sea. then again I am former Navy

    May 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. maddogcaptain - las vegas

    I wonder if Captian "Sully" Sullenberger and Captain Richard Phillips will get together before or after they are both at the Washington press dinner tonight?

    I would sure like to be privy to that conversation as they are America's most recent heros and I'm sure their thought on each others actions would be fascinating.

    May 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. pam

    Love the photo. It's like the Phillips were just over visiting a neighbor and not the stuffy posed photos in White House of past years. Does anyone beyond me get it that this is the President of The People?

    May 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Jason

    You and your wife get to meet the president and your wife wears that? He could have at least worn some nicer shoes:-P

    May 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. mary stewart,arlington texas

    looks like a lovely visit...real people ..nothing pretentious..real american hero and looks like the president made them feel very welcome..tie off and all....fabulous

    May 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Joyce Becker

    Looked like they enjoyed the meeting. Always nice to meet the person whose life you saved.

    May 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. seanwhit

    you are meeting the president of the United States and your wife shows up in jeans and a hospital shirt???

    May 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. TCM

    @Anonymous –

    Obviously, you're not a republican...so, good, honest, hardworking Americans who are conservatives would prefer shallow rinos like you to crawl on the coat tails of the annointed one....

    Obama's doing this for the press coverage; he loathes the military, white Americans, and anyone that can show true logic against his socialist agenda...you kool aid sucking fools will see for yourself when you taxed at a 45% rate to keep the freebies flowing for the inner city mommas who keep spitting out babies as fast as the illegals scurrying across the boarder...Obama's got liberals so fooled, it's incredible. He'll go down as the worst president yet; making GW look like a Gold Star...and I didn't like him. Oh, guess I'm being a hater for not wanting to kiss Obama's ass like you libs...oops, sorry for the patriotism and morals spewing.

    May 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Gary in VA

    As for the seals meeting the president. It was probably done in privacy. The identity is like top secret and classified. Alot of the people who in the military don't know who they are unless they are identified by their trident on there uniform or they tell you. Most rarely tell you what they are. That don't even abide the same grooming standards.

    May 9, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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