I find it highly significant that President Bush's moving, heartfelt, gracious Farewell Speech summing up his eight eventful years in office, with its focus on the war with Islamic terror and national security, was delivered just hours after the miraculous crash of Flight 1549-when an heroic commercial pilot who served in the military safely landed the damaged plane in the frigid cold of the Hudson River saving himself, his crew and a 155 passengers. I find it significant and relevant to the President and his stewardship for the following reasons:
1.One of the fortunate passengers John S. Howell of Charlotte, North Carolina was brother to a firefighter who died on 9/11.
2. The plane once evacuated drifted down river from midtown Manhattan and came to rest by the USS Intrepid before it recommenced its journey south to Battery Park where amazingly it stopped by Ground Zero as if moved to that spot by God (see note 1).
3. As the Pentagon was one of three buildings attacked on 9/11 it is fascinating to note that January 15th (the day of the crash) was the 66th anniversary of the Pentagon's dedication ceremony, the construction of which began September 11, 1941.
4. 1549 crashed or splashed down in the Henry Husdon River named after the English explorer who discovered Manhattan Island on September 11, 1609.
The heroic pilot of 1549, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, was clearly emblematic of George W. Bush who steered our nation to safety after 9/11 by going on the offensive and bringing the war to the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan. The President sent our troops to war to fight our Islamic foes abroad so we wouldn't have to fight them here at home; a wise decision in my view that surprisingly kept us terror free for seven years foiling al Qaida's deadly plans to do more evil.
If a less capable man had commanded 1549 there might have been a tragic outcome where hundreds could have died with the plane crashing into the Bronx or the Upper West Side or falling fatally into the brine killing everyone aboard. As the right man was flying the plane that day so was George Bush the right man to be Commander in Chief when al Qaida struck our shores and the Twin Towers were no more. As a sign to the nation that George Bush's presidency was not a mistake, that he was destined to be our 9/11 President, he was in Sarasota Florida the morning of the 9/11 attack in the state that brought him victory in the closest presidential race in history.
Indeed, the man who was born in July (the 7th month of the year), on a Saturday (the 7th day of the week), at 7:26 AM (the 7th hour of the day), was elected President on the 7th day of November in the sunshine state of Florida (a 7 letter state shaped topographically like a 7) which was governed by a brother nearly 7 years his younger when, by the skin of his teeth, he was elected President 43 winning 25 electoral votes-25 and 43 are variants of the number 7: 2+5=7, 4+3=7 (see note 2).
Moreover, when the President was in Florida that terrible but fateful September morning (Septem is Latin for 7) he was 7 months and 22 days into his presidency. And the three great buildings that were struck that day the 5 sided Pentagon and 2 Twin Towers once again give us the number 7 (5+2=7). And lastly, 26 days after this deadly attack the President ordered the bombing of al Qaida and Taliban targets in Afghanistan beginning the Global War on Terror. This epoch making day, a day that changed world history, was the 7th of October*.
*It is interesting to note the George Bush first met Laura in the 7th grade in Junior High School,
and that the two married in 1977, i.e., the 7th year of the 7th decade of the 20th century.
This uncanny pattern of numeric signs seem intelligently designed and are indicative, I believe, of Bush's providential destiny as one of the most consequential and transformative presidents in world history; signs of a man who reversed one thousand years of Mideast politics when he shocked and awed the region into change by ordering the downfall of the very dangerous Saddam Hussein.
In a mysterious way the miraculous safe landing of 1549 was a gift to George Bush, a fitting tribute to his presidency on the day of his farewell; perhaps a tribute given by our Maker to a man who served us well, whose heroism out performed a thousand Captain Sullys; who history will remember centuries from now as the man who brought freedom to fifty million lives, shook up a stagnant region resistant to change and brought safety and security to a nation under seige-keeping us safe for 7 years.
God bless you George Bush, President 43, and may your successor continue your conscientious work in keeping us strong, safe and free.
It was at first believed that flight 1549's two engines had fallen from the plane and were lost in the Hudson River. But as the plane was pulled from the water it was discovered that only the left engine was lost having sunk into the river and that the right engine, though badly damaged, was firmly attached to the plane. Could this be a sign of things to come for the Democrat Left and the badly damaged Republican Right in the years ahead? with Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Left damaging our country's security, economy and foreign policy and sinking in public esteem? And with the Right surviving the crash of 06 and 08 and returning to power to rebuild America on sound conservative principles? The Left can't govern and the Right will come back and 1549 seems prophetic of that.
1. Steve Fink writing for WCBSTV.COM, New York said: "The plane eventually came to a rest in the water by the USS Intrepid, before drifting south on the Hudson and stopping at Battery Park, by Ground Zero, ironically."
2. It is interesting to note that Bush's first stab at public office began in July of 1977 the 7th month of the 7th year of the 7th decade of the 20th century when he announced his candidacy for Congress. Amazingly, the election date for that Congressional race was the 7th of November 1977. 1977 was also the year when Bush fell in love with and married Laura Welch who he first met when a student in 7th grade back in junior high.