BEFORE AND AFTER
What's almost as incredible in the eyes of this observer is his humility after the heroic act.
It's amazing that at least until now, Captain Sullenberger has not attempted to cash in on his very deserved 15 minutes of fame and tried to capitalize on it in some manner or another with the media. It's certainly not been due to lack of opportunity.
Everyone from President Obama to the mayor from his hometown has called and celebrated Sully's actions. But it's been refreshing to see the low-key manner in which Captain Sullenberger has responded, as this brief speech at his homecoming in Danville, California illustrates:
"I know I speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do," Sullenberger said in a strong, clear voice. "Thank you."
With that, he sat down, and the crowd again erupted."
Bravo, Captain Sullenberger, bravo. For both amazing performances.