Hudson 'miracle' pilot gets applause on Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) - Weeks after starring in his own story of bravery and heroism, the pilot who safely ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River received a standing ovation Saturday from the audience at a Broadway performance of "South Pacific."
At the end of the classic revival, the show's stars introduced Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger as the pilot who set down the disabled plane within reach of rescue boats last month, saving the lives of all 155 people on US Airways Flight 1549.
"It could have been tragic, but it wasn't. It became a miracle," said Kelli O'Hara, who plays the show's lead female character, Nellie Forbush. "We've never been more honored than to perform for you, Captain."
As she spoke, a spotlight was trained on Sullenberger in the audience, and the crowd stood, cheered and applauded. The pilot's wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, began wiping tears from her face.
He hugged her, then turned back to the crowd and waved as the cheers grew still louder.
Many in the audience already had recognized him. Murmurs of "look who's here" had buzzed through the crowd during intermission.
"It was quite exciting just to see this guy who saved so many lives," said David Feldman, who found himself sitting two rows behind the pilot.
"It's so nice to have a hero who's a real hero, instead of movie stars," added Feldman's wife, Ellen Schwartz.
You know, now I don't feel so disturbed about the whole media induced messianic image of the First President of the Banana Republic of America.
I mean, I do.....but not in the same way.
This pilot has been messianicised by the same media. He has been on every news program.....the subject of a multitude of articles......was featured at the Superbowl halftime show and, now, has gotten a standing ovation on Broadway.
I guess now it is just a question of who will get their image on Mount Rushmore first, Obama or "The Pilot".
But you have to admit it is a good distraction from the continuing meltdown of American Society.
Don't be surprised if a year from now you see a Presidential motorcade with "The Pilot" at the steering wheel and Obama throwing loaves of bread to the starving and ecstatic crowds....