Airline captain Chesley Sullenberger became internationally known on January 15, 2009. That was the day that the pilot, affectionately known as Sully, landed US Airlines Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. The quick thinking move saved the lives of all 155 passengers who were on board the plane.
Over the weekend, Sullenberger revealed something about himself in a New York Times op-ed. He has struggled with a stutter for his entire life. And he used the op-ed to slam Eric Trump’s wife Lara, who recently mocked Joe Biden for his stuttering.
The pilot wrote about how stuttering caused him childhood humiliation. “Those feelings came rushing back, when I heard Lara Trump mocking former Vice President Joe Biden at a Trump campaign event, with the very words that caused my childhood agony. ‘Joe, can you get it out?’ Ms. Trump was seen saying onstage, as a few giggles are heard from an otherwise silent audience. ‘Let’s get the words out, Joe.'”
“So, to every child who feels today, what I felt, after hearing those cruel remarks by an adult who should know better, here is what I want you to know: You are fine, just as you are. You can do any job you dream of when you grow up. You can be a pilot who lands your plane on a river and helps save lives, or a president who treats people with respect, rather than making fun of them.”
Biden was very appreciate of Sullenberger’s column. The Democratic hopeful tweeted, “Thank you Captain Sully for sharing your story. There’s a lot of kids who I bet needed to hear it. Being different isn’t a barrier to success. It can give you the strength to save lives in a crash landing — or even run for President.”
Thank you @Captsully for sharing your story. There’s a lot of kids who I bet needed to hear it.
Being different isn’t a barrier to success. It can give you the strength to save lives in a crash landing — or even run for President. https://t.co/0sYl6VhJyr
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 19, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.