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.