Is it just me or was President Pinera there for every miner being pulled from the ground? I swear every time I saw one of them coming up he was there to greet them.
Made me think two things:
1) Damn that's bad ass and the right thing to have done.
2) I think the political landscape in this country has become such over the past 20 years that any President, regardless of party, would be given the business by the opposition if they weren't there for the event ("doesn't he care! look how heartless he is") or if he was ("doesn't he have the job of running the country? He can't be wasting time out there like this!")
Bah, regardless, I can't believe how smoothly this went. Also, things like this reinforce the need to invest money in things like NASA because they often serve as good will ambassadors well beyond the whole space thing. (which the nerd in me thinks is bad ass anyways.)