Monday, February 9, 2009
The 60 Minutes Interview
Just some thoughts about the interview last night. It was very touching in parts - especially when the crew met the passengers and Sully's family were reading letters they had received. When this interview was announced, I wondered how he would be able to do it seeing as how there is still an ongoing investigation going on. I was sure the pilots' union and the lawyers, etc. would definitely have some input as to what was asked and what was answered. And it appeared that was the case. My first thought as the interview progressed was there was a bit of an agenda there. I believe the agenda was: This country needs a hero. "Sully", or "Bernie", as we knew him at the USAF Academy and USAF pilot training, was not a close friend of mine, but, I knew him. He was soft spoken, easy going, and even self deprecating at times. Of course, that was 40 years ago. We (Academy grads) don't readily accept the hero's role. I'm not saying Sully did that completely, but he did accept it. I think he accepted it, as he said in the interview, because that's what the survivors and the nation wanted. So for that reason and the fact that the unions, and the lawyers wanted to protect the crew, I'm fairly certain Sully had the questions beforehand. I also think he was asked to answer the questions as a "hero" would. In my opinion, that's what he did. I think if he and I were sitting across from each other over a cold beer talking about it, there would have been a lot more "we" and less "I". Having said that, as a contemporary and peer of Sully's, he represented us well and I'm proud of him and his crew.