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President-Elect Obama Calls Capt. Sullenberger

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Taking on the president's mantle of responsibility to thank Americans who perform extraordinary acts during moments of crisis, President-elect Barack Obama called Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III, the pilot of US Airways flight 1549, last night, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

"The President-elect told Capt. Sullenberger how proud everyone was for the heroic and graceful job he had done in landing the damaged aircraft yesterday," said Gibbs in a statement. "The President-elect also thanked his crew and the many people on the scene in New York for ensuring the safety of everyone on board the plane."

The call lasted for five minutes, he added.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 17, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
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Posted by: johntheman07 | January 18, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet, and already we're returning to being the "Real U.S.A." once more. You know, land of the free, home of the brave?

I can now spell "America" with a capital "A" again.

I now have hope.

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Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | January 18, 2009 5:27 AM | Report abuse

I saw the landing on video and still can't believe it. Kind of like this last election.

Posted by: seemstome | January 17, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Captain Sullenberger displayed his magnificant skills as a flyer - but his greatest moments were when he walked the plane twice before leaving it.

...."leave no one behind"

Obama should invite the Captain and crew to the inauguration......


Posted by: toritto | January 17, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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