January 16th, 2009
07:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama, Sullenberger speak by phone

(CNN) - Incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement that President-elect Obama and US Airways Captain Chelsy Sullenberger had a five-minute phone call Friday:

"At 6:45 PM, President-elect Obama spoke with Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III, the pilot of US Airways flight 1549," wrote Gibbs.

"The President-elect told Capt. Sullenberger how proud everyone was for the heroic and graceful job he had done in landing the damaged aircraft yesterday.

"The President-elect also thanked his crew and the many people on the scene in New York for ensuring the safety of everyone on board the plane."

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  1. Texas Teacher

    This is presidential behavior... 🙂

    It was a heroic act, and the pilot deserves credit!

    January 16, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Eric

    Bush spoke with him too

    January 16, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Pinckney

    Good for Obama and Bush. What a pilot!

    January 16, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Ellie

    This is the making of a GREAT President. One that is determined to stay connected and grounded in the lives of ALL Americans and NOT just from the Oval Office.

    It's refreshing to see and hear a President who is FRANK, OPEN and COMMUNICATIVE with the American People. NO ONE expects him to be "perfect", but compared to the last clown who was in the White House, it appears like we are on our way back to the HONORABLE and COMPETENT country we once were.

    THANK YOU President Obama and my the good Lord continue to guide and bless you as our new President.

    January 16, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Greg Hodges

    A pilot`s PILOT; as his lovely wife stated.This man deserves all the praise coming his way; and it would be nice if he were front and center at the inauguration next Tuesday. It is times like that when one realizes how precious life is; and to truely count your blessings!

    January 16, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Simmy

    A very presidential gesture.

    January 16, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. soulstar

    go PEBO!!

    January 16, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Fair and Unbiased

    Not that I'm a fan of Bush, but Pres. Bush did call Sullenberger and spoke with him too. CNN, please at least briefly mention it.

    January 16, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. traveler

    Very nice on Obama's part. This pilot is a true hero. As someone who travels, I can imagine how afraid I would have been in that situation and grateful to the pilot for saving my life. Amazing.

    January 16, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |