The dramatic video of one of the trapped Chilean miners emerging after weeks in captivity was so moving that even President Barack Obama (D) was finally forced to admit he was proud of America, proud of our country's contributions to the rescue effort.
"We are also proud of all of the Americans who have been working with our Chilean friends on the ground to do everything that we can to bring these miners home."
Perhaps for the second time in her life Michelle Obama may also be proud of her country.
Michelle Malkin forthrightly explains the important role American ingenuity, creativity and generosity is playing in this dramatic life saving effort, from equipment to experience to technology to health and safety expertise all of which not only enabled rescuers to reach the trapped miners faster but also avoided potential health hazards. Even NASA's experience is being utilized.
In a different day and age, Jeff Hart would be the most famous American in our country right now. He would be honored at the White House. Schoolchildren would learn of his skill and heroism. But because Jeff Hart works in an industry under fire by the Obama administration, more people in Chile will celebrate this symbol of American greatness than in America itself.
Jeff Hart is a driller based in my home state of Colorado. The father of two has been drilling water wells in Afghanistan at U.S. Army bases. When the San Jose Mine in Chile collapsed in August, he flew to lend his renowned expertise to the rescue effort. As part of an amazing three-way race to the trapped miners, Hart drilled for 33 days straight and was first to reach the caved-in workers. The AP recounts the story - and what strikes me again and again is how the world turned to American ingenuity and American fortitude and American equipment and American enterprise to get the job done:
Drill. Drill here, drill now until all the trapped miners have safely been rescued.