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Pilot Describes Final Moments Before US Airways Crash

February 9, 2009

Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River and saved the lives of everyone on board, said he had a “sickening” feeling when a flock of birds disabled both engines with violent thuds, crippling the plane over New York City.

From the Associated Press:

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the sound of the geese hitting the plane and the smell of burning poultry entering the cabin was “shocking.”

“Oh, you could hear them,” he said. “Loud thumps. It felt like the airplane being pelted by heavy rain or hail. It sounded like the worst thunderstorm I’d ever heard growing up in Texas.”

The interview with Sullenberger and the other four crew members was broadcast Sunday, their first since US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the frigid water Jan. 15.

Sullenberger took control of the plane from his first officer and glided it to safety, but said that in the aftermath of the emergency landing, he lay awake at night second-guessing his performance, even though all 155 people aboard survived.

He said he initially had trouble forgiving himself because he thought he could have done something different in that “critical situation.”

“The first few nights were the worst,” Sullenberger said. “When the `what ifs’ started.”

He said he no longer regrets his actions that day, calling his decision to land in the river “the only viable alternative” to attempting a return to LaGuardia Airport or landing at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

“The only level, smooth place sufficiently large to land an airliner was the river,” he said, recalling that the plane had no thrust and was “descending rapidly.”

Sullenberger, a former Air Force fighter pilot who has flown commercial planes for nearly three decades, said he knew he had to touch down with the wings level and the nose slightly up, and “at a descent rate that was survivable.”

“Did you, at any point, pray?” CBS’ Katie Couric asked.

“I would imagine somebody in back was taking care of that for me while I was flying the airplane,” he said.

The flight attendants said they didn’t know they were landing in the water until it happened.

“When I got out of my seat and saw that water, it was the most shocked I’ve ever been in my life,” flight attendant Doreen Welsh said, adding that her emotions “had gone through, within seconds, accepting death and seeing life.”

She said she then “went crazy” and started yelling and pushing people to get them out because the impact tore a hole in the plane’s tail and water poured into the cabin.

“And as I was getting up, I thought I might actually live,” Welsh said. “`Cause a second ago, I thought I was gone.”

Sullenberger landed the plane near two ferry terminals, and rescue boats appeared within minutes to take the 150 passengers and five crew members to safety.

When the pilot got official confirmation that everyone had survived, “I felt like the weight of the universe had been lifted off my heart,” he said.

The crew met some of the passengers and their relatives at a reunion in Charlotte, N.C., the destination of Flight 1549.

“More than one woman came up to me and said, `Thank you for not making me a widow,'” Sullenberger said. “‘Thank you for allowing my 3-year-old son to have a father.'”

One passenger asked Sullenberger to sign his shirt.

“Where, right there?” Sullenberger replied. “You got it. Let me make it big and bold.”

Sarah Palin Speaks Out

January 9, 2009

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is still upset over the coverage she received during the presidential campaign. She believes that if she were from a different political party, the her coverage would have much better.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says CBS News anchor Katie Couric and comic actress Tina Fey have been “exploiting” her.

Palin also is questioning whether Caroline Kennedy is getting better treatment from the news media in her quest for a Senate seat than Palin herself received as Republican John McCain’s running mate.

Palin reflected on her campaign for national office in an interview this week with conservative radio talk-show host and filmmaker John Ziegler. Clips are posted on YouTube.

Palin gave Couric a rare interview at the beginning of her campaign, and Fey frequently impersonated Palin on “Saturday Night Live.”

Palin says she thinks there may be a “class issue” involved in the press coverage of Kennedy and her own bid for office.

From ABC News:

In excerpts of a Jan. 5 interview with a conservative filmmaker, Palin unleashed a barrage of criticism at CBS News’ Katie Couric, comedian Tina Fey and the media in general.

In the video clip, which is just over nine minutes long, the former vice presidential candidate told John Ziegler, creator of the upcoming documentary “Media Malpractice,” that she endured lazy reporting, unequal scrutiny and bias from the “mainstream media.”

If she had been a Democrat, Palin said, the media would have “loved” her.

She also appeared to still be angry over reports that she had spent $150,000 of GOP cash on a new wardrobe while she was the party’s VP candidate.

Live From New York…It’s Sarah Palin

October 18, 2008


Here’s the video of Amy Poehler rapping about Sarah Palin:

Yahoo also has the opening sketch from last night’s show.


Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin takes the stage with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

From CBS:

After spending the better part of her candidacy under the safe confines of carefully staged rallies and having struggled through a few high-profile interviews, Sarah Palin is coming out of her media shell.

She now holds daily interviews with local broadcasters and conservative talk radio hosts, she gave her first ever on-camera press conference with her traveling press corps on Friday, and tonight she’ll take the leap that everyone’s been waiting for when she appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

“Oh, man. I’m excited for tomorrow night,” Palin told reporters on Friday. “I have no idea what to expect because I haven’t seen any scripts or anything else yet, but it will be fun. The opportunity to show American television watchers anyway that you get to have a sense of humor through all of this or even just this really would be wearin’, tearin’ on you, so an opportunity to show that sense of humor and that side of all of this, I look forward to it.”

On the NBC show, Tina Fey has been relentless in portraying Palin as an unqualified joke over the last few weeks, and Fey’s satirical take on the Alaska governor has left its mark on the public consciousness. For that very reason, it would seem that Palin has much to gain and little to lose in tonight’s appearance.

If Palin can show an ability to laugh at herself, and perhaps even more importantly, succeeds in giving Fey a taste of her own comic medicine, she will reap the benefit of days of positive coverage on cable news and entertainment media outlets. “Saturday Night Live” may be a comedy show, but Palin’s appearance could very well have a serious impact on the election.

Sarah Palin as President

October 17, 2008

I usually don’t post things like this but I had to this time. I’ve been a fan of watching Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live but this is interactive fun!

Enjoy playing around on this Web site where Sarah Palin takes her seat in the Oval Office of the White House.

Make sure to click on as many items as possible and if you click on things multiple times, you’ll see different things including Katie Couric behind the door, numerous Mavericks on the wall and even “lipstick on a bulldog” under the desk.

Once again, here is the link to


David Letterman, John McCain Kiss and Makeup

October 17, 2008

Senator John McCain made amends with David Letterman last night, telling the late-night host that he “screwed up” when he stood him up last month to focus on the economic crisis and interview with Katie Couric. Letterman has made McCain a target of many of his jokes since he stood him up for a broadcast last month and the two had an interesting, and funny conversation on the show.

From the Washington Post:

John McCain, so pugnacious in his encounters with his Democratic rival, folded like a tent when confronted last night by late-night host David Letterman, whom McCain stood up last month.

“I screwed up,” McCain said of his last-minute decision to cancel his appearance on CBS’s “Late Show” last month, forcing Letterman to scramble to find a replacement guest.

Letterman, who’s been laying into McCain every night since then, started in immediately last night when the candidate walked onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

“Can you stay?” he asked, dripping cynicism.

“Depends on how bad it gets,” McCain answered.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Letterman, in his faux-ingenuous way, was able to ask questions of the candidate that I hadn’t heard any journalist ask him. Like: Was Sarah Palin really his first choice for vice president? In his gut, did he really feel she was ready to lead the country in the event of a crisis? Having endured smears during the 2000 campaign, didn’t he feel a special responsibility to keep the tone elevated this time around? And did he disavow Palin’s remark that Barack Obama is known to be “palling around with terrorists”? In fact, McCain thought this was a fair comment, since Obama had once worked alongside at least one unrepentant former terrorist, William Ayers. Letterman responded by spotting him Ayers and raising him G. Gordon Liddy, the unrepentant convicted felon who planned acts of terror around the same time as Ayers, and who masterminded the Watergate burglary. (Another famous plumber!) For the first time in the interview, McCain seemed flummoxed, acknowledging only that he’d met Liddy. (Actually, there was a lot more to their relationship than that.) After a commercial break gave him time to think of a fuller answer, McCain observed that Liddy had gone to prison and therefore paid his debt to society. Alas, Letterman didn’t ask the obvious follow-up question (so, if Ayers had been convicted and served time, Obama’s association with him would be okey-dokey?) but instead concluded the interview with some fluffy questions about Tina Fey’s Palin impersonation. Still, for half an hour, Letterman generally refused to let McCain off as easily as other interviewers have.

John McCain to Appear on David Letterman Show

October 13, 2008

Ok, I think it’s for real. Maybe this time John McCain will actually make it to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

From the New York Times:

Mr. McCain abruptly canceled his appearance on the CBS show on Sept. 24 after he decided to temporarily “suspend” his presidential campaign and travel to Washington amid Congressional talks on a $700 billion bailout of financial institutions. But Mr. McCain stayed in New York long enough to be interviewed on the “CBS Evening News” while Mr. Letterman’s show was being taped, prompting the comedian to say he felt like “an ugly date.”

Since then, Mr. Letterman has kept the pressure on Mr. McCain, saying last Monday that the candidate’s problems “began when he bailed out on this show.” While tinged with humor, the televised complaints could not have helped Mr. McCain’s standing among Mr. Letterman’s nightly audience of almost four million people.

Last Thursday, Mr. Letterman told his viewers that “in an attempt to save his campaign, they’re talking about coming back.” On Sunday, CBS announced that Mr. McCain had rescheduled his appearance for this Thursday, the day after the final presidential debate takes place at Hofstra University on Long Island.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Presidential candidates have long used the late-night comedy shows to show off the more amusing or interesting aspects of their personalities. (Remember Bill Clinton playing the saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show” 1992?)

This year’s Republican presidential hopeful, John McCain, has made 13 appearances on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” most recently on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, and a dozen on CBS’s “Late Show.”

In fact, the Arizona senator is so comfortable with “Late Show” host David Letterman that he chose to announce his candidacy for the White House on the program in early 2007. After his effort sagged badly and appeared dead, he re-announced his bid on Leno’s show.

The late-night hosts have returned the favor by largely laying off his Democratic opponent and making McCain by far the butt of far more jokes, according to a study.

McCain was scheduled to appear on the “Late Show” Sept. 24 — the same day that he announced, with great fanfare, that he was suspending his campaign and returning immediately to Washington to deal with the burgeoning financial crisis. Letterman was understanding — until he discovered, via an internal CBS feed brought to his attention while he was taping a segment with replacement guest Keith Olbermann, that McCain was not on a plane winging its way to the nation’s capital.

Instead, he was five blocks away in New York, getting his makeup touched up before an interview with Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS “Evening News.”

Palin Vs. Biden: A Much Anticipated Debate Takes Place Tonight

October 2, 2008

Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will face off for their first and only debate in the presidential race tonight in an event pitting a political veteran against a political newcomer. No, this isn’t Saturday Night Live. There will be no Tina Fey or Amy Poehler. Just Palin vs. Biden, one on one.

From CNN:

Both candidates have recently tried to lower expectations leading into the debate, where topics will range from domestic to foreign policy.

For Palin, the stakes are high. After skyrocketing onto the national stage and energizing the Republican faithful, the first-term Alaskan governor has struggled recently to regain her footing after several shaky network TV interviews with ABC’s Charlie Gibson and CBS’s Katie Couric.

View memorable moments from other debates »

Palin said Tuesday that she’s different.

“I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying, ‘You know what? It’s time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency,’ and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off-guard,” she said in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.

Palin‘s interview gave the vice presidential candidate a chance to showcase elements of her life story and demonstrate some of the folksiness that’s been central to her political success.

It’s exactly the kind of interview that voters can expect to see from the governor in the coming weeks, according to a Palin adviser, who recognized that there is hunger in Republican circles and among the public at large to see a less-scripted, more authentic candidate.

For the Democrats, Biden has served in the Senate for 35 years. His biggest challenge will be to stick to the script. He’s known for making off-the-cuff remarks, including some gaffes.