Dan Rather said today that Americans hope Barack Obama can prove to be like airline captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III.
Everyone now knows Captain Sullenberger as the pro who managed a safe landing of his crippled aircraft in the Hudson River on January 15. No one was hurt.
“America is hungry for a leader like the airline pilot,” the veteran former CBS newsman told Chris Matthews on his Sunday morning NBC News show today.
“Everyone wants Obama to give us a soft landing.”
US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III
A US Airways jetliner is seen after it crashed into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2009 after a flock of birds apparently disabled both its engines. Rescuers pulled the more than 150 passengers and crew members into boats before the plane sank, authorities say. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte, N.C., when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.(AP Photo/Greg Lam Pak Ng)