January 19th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
10 years ago

'Sully' invited to inauguration by Obama

Sullenberger was invited to the inauguration by the president-elect.

Sullenberger was invited to the inauguration by the president-elect.

(CNN) - Two Obama inaugural officials tell CNN Chesley Sullenberger - "Sully", the US Airways 1549 pilot who safely landed the plane on the Hudson River last Thursday - will attend the Presidential inauguration. He and his crew were personally invited by President-elect Barack Obama when the two spoke by phone last week.

The Inaugural Committee is working out the logistics for both captain and crew.

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  1. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian



    January 19, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Dan

    Well, if we all had known that successfully ditching a plane with 155 aboard was all it would take to get tickets to the inaugural.... blast, but this incoming administration needs to make these things clear to the populace.

    January 19, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. BS not Maverick

    He deserves a medal. He is a true hero!

    January 19, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Sorry folks, fingers moved quicker than my brain!

    Last statement should read........


    CNN, Thanks for "posting my comment" but it
    means absolutely nothing, because like many

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation" .....


    January 19, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Shirley in Virginia

    I cannot think of anyone more deserving to attend this historic occasion than the courageous captain and his crew who saved 150 lives with their heroic efforts. Seeing the tapes from the mayor's office released over the weekend shows even more the skill and courage used to land the gigantic airbus safely on the Hudson. Thank you, President-elect Obama, for personally inviting Capt. Sullenberger and his crew to witness this joyous occasion on Tuesday.

    January 19, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. L

    Well done!
    Another guy with a sizeable courage will be around for the inauguration.
    Good for them all.

    January 19, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Mari

    Nice work Sully! Thanks for being brilliant during an emergency! God was surely at your side, sir.

    January 19, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Sandy

    I couldn't think of a better way to honer this man and his crew. As one survivor explained "If it wasn't for him my 2 1/2 year old daughter wouldn't have a father and my wife wouldn't have a husband."
    Thank you President-elect Obama for doing this. It is so well deserved.

    January 19, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Allen Hussein

    If Air Force One needs a pilot, I think we have our man!

    January 19, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. chelle

    That is awesome and well deserved. I REALLY wish the media would stop calling it a CRASH!!!! It was not a crash, it was an emergency landing on water. That is what makes the captain and crew heroes!!! IT DID NOT CRASH!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Daffy Duck

    Good, and I hope he invithes Joe the Plumber, too.

    January 19, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Matthew

    The pulse and the citzens, Barack Obamas carries many of the hopes, the dreams, the strife and sorrow of everday John/Jane Q. Public with him to his new office. How fitting that he include this wonderfully skilled professional in a truley remarkable day in the history of The United States of America.

    January 19, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Jeff Brown

    This is a beautiful thing! Most Captains would not have had a clue how to land in a body of water; this man took it upon himself to learn. All of us should strive to be as good as we possibly be in our career and personal life!

    January 19, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Deb

    Well deserved, this is the type of individual that is a true hero.

    January 19, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. wayne pierre brisefert

    just the mare fact of obama being President has moved lives down here in saint lucia the reason for this is we go way back to slavery where the whites meaning people use to call we the black folks boys and they said that we would never make it but the President-elect has restored faith in us by saying "yes we can" and those three words have really opened my eyes and heart.
    for this i say THANK YOU President-elect BARACK OBAMA

    January 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. David S.

    Good for him, I hope he is piloting the next flight I am on!

    January 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Looks like very-soon-to-be president Obama recognizes excellence when he see it.

    January 19, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Niques

    Well deserved. Moves my heart to tears. How does it feel to part of History when it was you know very well fate had it planned otherwise?

    January 20, 2009 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  19. Niques

    Well deserved. Moves my heart to tears. How does it feel to be part of History when you know very well fate had it planned otherwise?

    January 20, 2009 05:24 am at 5:24 am |