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January 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Crash-landing on the Hudson River

Front-page irony

The Jan. 15 plane crash-landing on the Hudson River was wonderful in so many ways [“Miracle on the Hudson,” page one].

Firstly, because no one was killed. Secondly, because it showcased the best qualities of everyone: pilot, passengers and rescuers. Thirdly, because the timing of the drama totally eclipsed what would have been the leading national headline: “President Bush’s farewell speech.”

The print and TV news naturally focused on the more interesting drama of the crash, where we could see ordinary Americans at their best, in sharp contrast to the departing president, who has to be one of the worst examples of leadership and American citizenship in this country.

At least one TV commentator encapsulated the irony well when he said something to the effect that the crash scenario demonstrates how great Americans truly are despite their terrible president.

It was “good riddance” in the best sense of the phrase.

— Tandy Cook, Redmond

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