I could never be a public official. I'm watching NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg answer questions from the "press" and I find myself yelling at the "reporters" - asshat, douchebag, and - shut the fuck up.
I love Bloomberg's demeanor - he is calm and civil but there is a definite air of disdain for stupidity. "Reporters" are knocking each other over and shouting each other down to ask asinine questions that can NOT and should NOT have answers yet.
And Good Lord! Must people mention 9/11 every single freaking time there is anything even remotely resembling a major event. Cut it out! No wonder we're all nuts.
I just had to get that out. What I really want to say is I LOVE New York - and New Jersey too.
I watch a guy from NY Waterways - I want to call him Joe. He has a wonderful NY accent. He is a big burly guy wearing a giant puffy jacket and a knit cap on his head. The cap is cockeyed and his face is beet red from the cold. He thanks "da guys" who got ferries to the plane in a manner of moments. He is "duh-lighted" that everyone is OK. He is so no nonsense and so proud and so genuine - I want to reach into the TV and hug him. Good job Joe.
I watch video of firefighters making their way down NYC's West Side Highway. They have that firefighter look. Big square faces. Always appearing larger than life. Giant in all their gear. Carrying ladders and huge heavy bags of lifesaving equipment. They move as one. They ignore the cameras.
Commuters stand on street corners and stare. Cars get detoured and pedestrians weave in and out of traffic. I see a guy on roller blades carrying a pile of blankets towards the triage center.
I have always loved my home town. Even when she makes me crazy.
I love her most during hard times. NYC is like the hooker with a heart of gold from all those old movies. A bit of a train wreck who always does the right thing when it matters.
I have felt a (renewed) strong desire to protect my home town ever since the Republican National convention. Ever since that ignorant piece of trash from Alaska mocked it.
I'm certain that any town or city - big or small - has heart and capability.
Crash land a fucking plane in the middle of a river surrounded by buildings and bridges. Time it for just before rush hour in a place holding millions of people.
And have it all come out alright.
Bravo to all the civilians who rushed to the scene. Bravo to FDNY and NYPD and all the other emergency services.
And a huge standing ovation for the pilot - people who know what they're talking about are calling his controlled emergency landing "miraculous".
And he walked the length of the plane twice to make sure everyone was out.
I got these photos from CBS News and Huffington Post. They speak for themselves.