Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled that U.S. Airways flight 1549 landed in the Hudson and all aboard survived. Two of my sisters are flight attendants for Continental Airlines, and I monitor stories like this constantly. But, enough is enough, already.
Poor Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot, has been forced to endure countless media interviews, including appearances on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, and anyone else who was able to schedule him in. He has appeared at parades in his honor, been given medals and awards, and now will be given a Key to the City of New York. Can’t we just leave this guy alone?
I mean, he has just been through a terrific ordeal, one he hoped he would never have to go through, and the media blitz continues. He is obviously uncomfortable out there in the spotlight, too. Are we so hard up for good news that we keep grinding this story for all it’s worth? What next? Tabloid exposés? Will they discover some horrible truth and bring it to life, scandalizing him? (Trust me, most of us have stuff we would rather not have out there for the public to know.)
I say let him alone, give him a break, move on. It’s starting to make me as uncomfortable as I’m sure it is him. He looks like he’s had enough.
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