October 16, 2010

The thought occurred to me..

This past week, while picking over the continuing bulletins of the impending Dem debacle in NOvember, like so many, I was following the dramatic end to the 65-day saga of the trapped Chilean miners. As this saga wound down to the marvelously successful conclusion, I couldn't help but notice the presence of Chile's President, Sebastian Pinera, at the rescue sight, his   involvement in the rescue of 33 of his countrymen, and the heartwarming pictures of him embracing the miners one by one as they emerged from what could have been their tomb.

The obvious thought came to mind that this is how a president of a country should react when his citizens are in peril. "Our own" Tim Daniel has richly written on this over at Pajamas Media:

The amazing outcome of the mine crisis was not always assured. On August 5, as the news of the trapped miners reached his desk, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera faced two choices. First, to orchestrate a rescue plan in earnest but in private, out of the public and international eye. Second, to take the tragedy head-on and enlist the best and brightest, and to do so for the world to see. To take a chance in leadership, or to take the road often traveled and not.

..but not wishing to tip Tim's hand, I recommend ambling over there for a truly interesting essay on how a chief executive should act.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Bill! Missed you at the Old Courthouse as the sex-crazed-latina-poodle drooled over Bubba. What a sight, what a sight.