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Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:17 PM

Pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger: 'This is not the America I know and love'

Retired airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed the famous "miracle on the Hudson," said Monday that “this is not the America I know and love” in a message encouraging voter participation ahead of the midterm elections.

Sullenberger wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that he “witnessed the best in people” on Jan. 15, 2009, when he led 154 people to safety by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River after a malfunction.

"To navigate complex challenges, all leaders must take responsibility and have a moral compass grounded in competence, integrity and concern for the greater good," he wrote.

Tragically, people in positions in power today are not projecting their best, Sullenberger wrote.

“Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet.”

“Many do not respect the offices they hold; they lack — or disregard — a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership; and they act impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment,” he continued.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/413756-pilot-sully-sullenberger-this-is-not-the-america-i-know-and

Ouch! That's going to leave a mark.

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Reply Pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger: 'This is not the America I know and love' (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 29 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Oct 29 #1
Harker Oct 30 #28
smirkymonkey Oct 29 #2
spanone Oct 29 #3
BigmanPigman Oct 29 #4
Cha Oct 29 #5
Demovictory9 Oct 29 #6
bdamomma Oct 29 #7
brush Oct 29 #8
Blue_true Oct 29 #11
JI7 Oct 29 #20
njhoneybadger Oct 29 #9
Blue_true Oct 29 #10
ecstatic Oct 29 #12
ThoughtCriminal Oct 29 #13
winstars Oct 29 #14
FakeNoose Oct 29 #15
LuckyLib Oct 30 #33
MustLoveBeagles Oct 29 #16
ZeroSomeBrains Oct 29 #17
defacto7 Oct 29 #18
mahannah Oct 29 #19
JI7 Oct 29 #21
zentrum Oct 29 #22
nolabear Oct 29 #23
Harker Oct 30 #29
RHMerriman Oct 29 #24
Qutzupalotl Oct 29 #25
malaise Oct 30 #32
watoos Oct 29 #26
BREMPRO Oct 29 #27
SpankMe Oct 30 #30
malaise Oct 30 #31

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:25 PM

1. Totally nailed it.

Can't wait to hear Conway or Huckabee's rebuttal. Hell, maybe Trump will come up with a "Silly Sully" moniker in his next tweet.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 12:08 PM

28. He likes pilots that don't make

forced landings.

Nice to hear from Capt. Sullenberger, whose intelligence and demeanor are vastly superior to that of Trumpsky.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:28 PM

2. K&R

Sully should be expecting a nasty tweet from the Apricot Hellbeast in 3...2...1...

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:40 PM

3. Thank you Sir!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:42 PM

4. The enablers are not doing for our country, it's to fatten their wallets.

They can be bought and sold like the non-humans they truly are.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:45 PM

5. Thanks for speaking out so

eloquently, Sully!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:53 PM

7. Thank you

Mr. Sully.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:54 PM

8. Sully sounds like a good Dem. Perez pls sign him up.

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Response to brush (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:58 PM

11. It has been clear for a long time that he is an analytical, thinking person.

People like that naturally lean more progressive in their views.

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Response to brush (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:58 PM

20. isn't he a Republican ? although if he is, he would be a Robert Mueller type

he attended Obamas inauguration and was given special close up seats after that landing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:56 PM

9. Truly a good and decent man.

Not to mention a hero in every sense of the word.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:56 PM

10. He hit everything on the head.

Great to see him speak out.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:00 PM

12. I really really hope that other republicans like him

are so disgusted by what they've seen that they plan to vote straight Democratic.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:02 PM

13. Tomorrow Trump will tweet

That he likes pilots that don't collide with birds.

Nobody knows more about flying airplanes than Trump. Believe me.


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:08 PM

14. tRump tweet tomorrow: I only respect pilots that don't land on rivers....

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:09 PM

15. When I read this I heard Tom Hanks' voice in my head

... because of the movie "Sully" which was awesome!

It's great that Capt. Sullenberger contributed this op-ed, and I hope his letter gets read and shared widely.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 06:36 PM

33. Smart of him. He know he is recognized and he has a voice.

Put it to good use. More folks need to speak out. The crickets from the Republicans are deafening.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:12 PM

16. Truth

He's a true American hero.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:14 PM

17. Very moving

That's coming from someone who is known for saving lives not for being indifferent, careless or egging on violence and death. Sully is a national hero for being calm in the face of immense danger and doing his best to keep those who had their life in his hands safe.

I could not think of a larger contrast in terms of humility and care for their fellow man. I expect a tweet bemoaning his views and giving him some stupid nickname. I'm sure it will be something like "I like pilots who don't get hit by birds" or something like that. Thank you Sully. I hope your words will be heard by your fellow Texans or Americans at large. And most of all. Stay strong my fellow DUers. Keep the faith in these tough times.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:44 PM

18. I have a son who wants to be a pilot.

Sully is his hero. 'Not a bad person to look up to I'd say.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:55 PM

19. Sadly, Mr. Trump is projecting his best.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:59 PM

21. is Trump going to hate tweet sully and claim he isn't a real hero ?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 10:03 PM

22. Beautifully said.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 10:10 PM

23. Well said! And from a man who has everything Spanky doesn't.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 12:09 PM

29. Exactly.

He'll have to try to tear him down.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 10:30 PM

24. Trump won't say a damn thing...


Trump won't say a damn thing...

Sullenberger was a USAF fighter pilot and could take him apart. Trump's too much of a coward.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #25)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 06:20 PM

32. Thank you n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 10:34 PM

26. That is the narrative that we should be talking about.

The corporate media will not allow his message to resonate.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 11:34 PM

27. Best description ever of true leadership I've read

Projecting calm competence in crisis , respect for science, fact, rule of law, self sacrifice for the greater good, not pandering to mob rule and projecting to base instincts, fear, .self interest, prejudice. True good Leadership should lead us out if crisis, not create chaos to exploit. They should make us less anxious, not more.

The implicit failures, of the current Republican leaders in Congress is enabling this shallow, intellectually incurious and dishonest huckster bulldoze our democracy for his and their own personal or political gain, rather than representing the best interests of the people, society, country, allies, and the planet. We must rise up against false witness and gaslighting, and say there is a better way forward and vote for leaders that have the courage to stand up to and renounce Trump for his profound paucity of leadership and bent moral compass.

Thank you Sully for being a hero again, I salute you.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 03:05 PM

30. Sully's a Republican

But, he's from the old school - a guy I could sit down and have a beer with and disagree with rationally, and someone who's realized that his party has gone off the rails. He didn't leave the party; the party left him.

Now, his moderation sounds downright liberal. That's the scary part.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2018, 06:18 PM

31. Brilliant

Thank you Sully!

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