President Barack Obama says the captain whosurvived capture by Somali pirates has courage that is "a modelfor all Americans."
Obama says he's pleased that Capt. Richard Phillips has beenrescued and is on board a Navy ship. Obama says Phillips' safetywas his main concern after being held hostage aboard a lifeboat.
Obama says he is proud of the U.S. military and other agenciesthat worked to free Phillips. The president says the United Statesneeds help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracyand to hold pirates accountable.
The president praised Phillips for his bravery, courage andselfless concern for his crew.
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