Chilean miners recovery a tremendous inspirational story: Obama
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 00:02
Washington: The ongoing Chilean mine rescue is a tremendous inspirational story, believes US President Barack Obama, who watched live the great rescue operation, as a third of the 33 miners trapped below ground for weeks savoured their first tastes of freedom on Wednesday.

"I talked to him (Obama) about this, this morning.

He was watching last night. I asked him what he was thinking about when he watched it. He said obviously this was a tremendously inspirational story, a story with a happy ending," the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters at a press gaggle.

"As a parent, to watch a miner's son waiting for him to come out of a mine that he'd been trapped in for almost 70 days, when people for a long time thought they might be lost, was tremendously inspirational," Gibbs said when asked about Obama's reaction to the rescue operation currently underway in Chile.

"Watching people come together to put their best effort forward to save these miners was inspiring. We've had companies in the United States that have assisted the government of Chile in this effort. We have had government agencies like NASA who have also been involved," he said.

The President is enormously proud of their efforts, of the efforts of the government of Chile, and hopefully will be in contact with some of the CEOs of those companies and the government shortly, Gibbs said.

The White House Press Secretary said US President would be talking to the Chilean President soon on this.

More than a third of the 33 Chile miners trapped below ground for weeks savoured their first tastes of freedom today, rising from the depths to a hero's welcome.

Rescue workers had lifted 12 men to safety from the underground caven which so nearly became their final resting place, in an historic and complex operation carried off like clockwork, without a hitch.


First Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 00:02

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