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Chilean Miners and President Pinera: “What Would Obama Do?”

Andy F
Blue Collar Corner Founder, Andy Sullivan

New York, NY (October 13, 2010)-

These brave men who make a living by working thousands of feet underground under brutal conditions are now being brought to the surface for their first time after being trapped for 69 days.  With no sunlight, dark, dank conditions and restricted to very little food, these brave men have finally been lifted to safety.  As each miner gets out of the cylindrical escape pod, rescue workers expertly attend to their acclimation to the “Surface World.”  The world watches the very emotional reunion of the family members to their freed miner.

Andy Sullivan, Founder of Blue Collar Corner, 9/11 survivor, and lifelong NYC construction worker states, “What really struck me was seeing each miner get embraced with such passion from someone who I assumed to be family, only to find out it was their President.  Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera, embraced each miner after facing death for 69 days.”

As a 9/11 survivor, Sullivan knows first hand what it is like to show up to do a seemingly mundane job, working with your hands, breaking your back to put food on the table and have a tragedy turn your world upside down.  Sullivan has survived several near misses, including escaping the first tower minutes before it fell.  He can speak to the terror and survival instincts that must have kicked in for these brave miners.

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  1. October 14th, 2010 at 00:32 | #1

    It seems middle-class Americans suddenly can’t get enough of this drama, but given the criminal history of the United States in Chile, it doesn’t seem correct to take part in this tragedy or its amazing resolution.

    We’ve taken enough from the people of Chile. Leave this for them.

    Read a poem about this subject: http://www.joenolan.com/blog/?p=626

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