Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Michele Malkin, October 12, 2010:

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....

Malkin's point was that President Obama -- that despiser of capitalism in general, and of mining in particular -- would never celebrate efforts to rescue the trapped Chileans on the part of any private citizen who worked in that field.

In fact, Obama welcomed Hart to the White House on October 28, along with many of the others who helped rescue the Chileans. And tonight, the last citizen mentioned by name in Obama's State of the Union address was one of those rescuers from the mine industry, who was one of Obama's honored guests tonight:

... That dream -– that American Dream -– ... is the story of a small business owner named Brandon Fisher.

Brandon started a company in Berlin, Pennsylvania, that specializes in a new kind of drilling technology. And one day last summer, he saw the news that halfway across the world, 33 men were trapped in a Chilean mine, and no one knew how to save them.

But Brandon thought his company could help. And so he designed a rescue that would come to be known as Plan B. His employees worked around the clock to manufacture the necessary drilling equipment. And Brandon left for Chile.

Along with others, he began drilling a 2,000-foot hole into the ground, working three- or four-hour — three or four days at a time without any sleep. Thirty-seven days later, Plan B succeeded, and the miners were rescued. (Applause.) But because he didn't want all of the attention, Brandon wasn’t there when the miners emerged. He'd already gone back home, back to work on his next project.

And later, one of his employees said of the rescue, "We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things." (Applause.)

We do big things....

Malkin has never acknowledged that she was wrong about Obama's attitude toward the rescuers from the mining industry. Think she'll admit she was wrong now?

Me either.

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