October 13th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
12 years ago

WH Dispatch: Obama on Chilean Miners

Washington 12:34 p.m. - President Obama watched as the first of the trapped Chilean miners were rescued Tuesday night and found the story "inspirational," according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs quoted the President as saying the rescue was "a story with a happy ending" and he is "enormously proud" of the efforts of the American companies and federal agencies who assisted the Chilean government in the rescue efforts.

Gibbs also said President Obama will likely give remarks at the start of his 1:50 p.m. ET Rose Garden event on Wednesday and hopes to speak with some of the CEO's of those American companies and the Chilean government soon.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    Glad to see that the US is still capable of helping out in a crisis without having to get to the front of the line for the picture-taking. Very proud especially of those companies who aren't crowing about helping, and about our President who doesn't need to go in for the photo-op right off the bat. I'm talking to you, W!
    Good luck to all involved-

    October 13, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. 21 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    You mean he is actually going to say something NICE about all those evil American businesses and CEOs? Is Obozo rivaling Gloria Allred now as the premier media whore??!! Is he attempting to take some credit for this? If they had failed to rescue them would he be doing this? This fool needs to GO!

    October 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Patty2012

    ..The President of Chile and the First Lady have been there ALL night! What a Class Act! He has hugged them all, and thanked God for saving these special men...which would not be allowed in this country, as to not OFFEND someone!
    Owebama & the queen would only be there if they were serving Lobster and providing hip hop music!

    October 13, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. DC Johnny

    ... and Obama takes credit for the rescue in 3... 2... 1...

    October 13, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    He is probably figuring that those American compnaies must have made a lot of money he can take away from them in taxes.

    October 13, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. stufit

    To bad for Obama that "deadfish" Emmanuel is not still there. I am sure he and Obama could figure out a way to spend more American taxpayer money for the unions, using this crisis as an excuse.

    October 13, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. barry

    Wow I thought he Spent all his time campaigning for Democrats on the taxpayers dime! I guess the President and Vice President positions are just part time positions.

    October 13, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Dean

    Obama tried to implement a 'rescue' tax...then he realized that these were not U.S. citizens.

    October 13, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. stufthis

    And the right wingnuts would say, "Let them get themselves out of the mine. Why should we pay for their tragedy?"

    October 13, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    It was inspirational and I cried my poor eyes out!!!! When I went to bed, 3 were rescued. Got up this morning and they were on the 8th... This is so fantastic how many nations can get together and accomplish things!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – still praying for the remaining survivors and hope for their safe return!!

    October 13, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Dave

    My wife and I watched the rescue worker go down and the first miner come up last night on Anderson Cooper 360. What a thrilling sight in a lifetime of thrilling sights (we are in our late 50s). The can do attitude exhibited to get these miners out was amazing.

    Now for the disturbing part. I work in the financial services industry and pretty much am surrounded by die hard republicans. Their attitude was who cares. They could have cared less about these miners, their families and the effort to bring them to the surface. The attitude was just amazing.

    This says a lot about America today. We americans really don't care about anyone else but ourselves. The heck with the other guy or gal; let's kick them when they are down. Our current political environment is just an extension of ourselves. It is a mirror image of what most americans have going on in their souls. It makes me sad.

    No wonder other countries no longer look up to the United States as the beacon of hope in the world. No wonder our political environment has become the laughing stock of other countries. It is really a shame.

    October 13, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. thomas

    Today , I'm proud to be of a country of helpful people !

    October 13, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Tim

    Wow, thanks. I would have never made the assessment that it was an inspirational story. Thanks Barack, you are so wise.
    Can you offer us some more of your profound words of wisdom, and put it out on a WH dispatch for immediate release.

    October 13, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |