I just saw rerun of “The Daily Show” and, like many people, still can’t help but smile and feel a tad bit better when I saw that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger being interviewed. He was on the show to promote his new book “Highest Duty”, but the Daily Show being what it is; I quickly lost sight of that intent and was just plain entertained with Jon Stewart’s antics and Captain Sully replies. Of course Captain Sully was still very much together the whole time but he sure smiled a lot and didn’t appear to somber like he does in most interviews. I guess that’s what happens when you get silly questions.
Some of the stuff that drew laughs included Jon Stewart’s impersonation of Cap’t Sully’s really really calm response to the emergency, his question on whether Cap’t Sully was distracted by the fact that the Daily Show studio was just a few block away (to which the Cap’t smiled and said no), and Cap’t Sully’s recommendation to the aviation industry to put back the tabs in their emergency handbook and cut costs elsewhere.
One thing’s for sure though Cap’t Sully was right in saying that people continue to look up to him because they want to hear good news and feel that good can happen. What he didn’t say though is that people look up to him and his crew because even after the crash and all the hoopla that went on with it his character shined. People see in him not just the good that can happen but a good man that makes good things happen.