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Andrea Phillips | Waiting in Vermont

Y: That’s hard to do.
Andrea Phillips: He’s a very grounded man, and he grounds me, and it grounds our kids. We’ve just stayed focused on who we are and who we’ve always been, and I don’t want that to change, except [that] some of the opportunities to go places and meet people has been sort of wow! I sat in the Oval Office, I sat on the couch, and I couldn’t help but think of all the amazing people who have passed through these doors, and I’m one of them. Not that I’m amazing–but how did I get here? Why am I sitting here? That was an absolute wow.



To read more about Andrea Phillips, her husband, and her husband’s ordeal, check out our story from March, 2010 – Captain Richard Phillips and The Pirates.

Listen to the audio of our interview with Andrea Phillips.

Updated Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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4 Responses to Andrea Phillips | Waiting in Vermont

  1. JIM APPLEMAN October 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm #


    And GOD is ALWAYS there to console us!


    JIM (USAF brat!)
    of Machias, MAINE

  2. Glenda Armandi October 18, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    Beautiful, beautiful article. I loved it because of it’s down home feelings. Andrea, you shared your feelings with us and your spirituality which holds us together in all times. From the time I heard about the Maersk Alabama being seized by pirates I was gripped. I heard about it early on. My son was an engineer on a grain ship and this struck close to home. Now he is Chief on a tug state side. He always liked the sea best but with the company he was with changing unions he has not been yet been able to go.

    Praise God for family strength and God strength. May God Bless you and your family always!
    Love and prayers from the Mom of a Mariner Engineer.

    • Karen Teller October 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      My father was chief engineer for many years on container ships just like the one Richard Phillips captained. Its a very hard life. I grew up with dad gone for two months at a time. He went into the Navy then after four years went to Mass Maritime then sailed for the rest of his career. Seeing the movie last week brought back memories of seeing dad off on some of his long trips and I know how tough it was to keep the guys on the ship focused and working.

      I cannot believe what Captain Phillips went thru and endured and we all thank god for the Navy and most importantly the Navy Seals! Great group of men protecting our country.

      I would like to know if Andrea and Richard Phillips would agree to be a guest speaker for the Tiffany Circle of Women of the American Red Cross at our Summit in DC May 17th? On that night
      we honor and salute our Military. Last year we had a retired Seal speak with us from team six.

      This year we would love to honor Captain Phillips.


  3. Penelope Chevalier March 2, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    President Obama gave the order that saved Andrea Phillips’ husband’s life. It would have shown a great deal of character for her to be respectful to the man and the office. Her attitude towards him was atrocious. Display some gratitude to our president as well as all the taxpayers of America who funded her husband’s rescue, and put petty politics aside. This just made her look like a small person, her husband rose to the challenge and she sadly, was not able to rise to a much easier challenge of behaving like a civilized human being when given the high honor of being invited to meet the president.

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