He started off his speech with the words, "fast, neat, average..." to which we all responded, "friendly, good, good." It's an academy tradition from the form O-96, the Cadet Food Acceptability Report. When we finished our half, he said, "I am one of you." A great way to gain credibility with the Cadet Wing.
Most of his actions are covered in the news - but he tried his best to share the spotlight with his crew, to mixed effects. When President Elect Obama called and invited him to the inauguration, Sullenberger accepted with the condition that his crew would also come. A great way to look out for your people.
I wrote down two of the most important things he said:
"A smart man or woman learns from his or her own experiences. A wise man or woman learns from the experiences of others. You have available the experiences of everyone who ever lived and wrote about it."
"I stand before you today as proof that our ideals are still true. And that if we work together and stay true to our ideals, there is little we cannot do."