RUSH: I want to go back here to the story, my favorite story in a long, long time. Bob Hayden, on board a Minneapolis to Boston airplane with an unruly passenger on board. Bob Hayden — 65 years old, retired police captain, big law enforcement dude — he and his wife were on the plane. She’s reading a book. This passenger was getting a little out of hand, and Bob Hayden gives a signal to the flight attendant and said, ‘I’m going to do something about this.’ He stood up, scanned the plane, didn’t find anybody that appeared to be interested in getting involved. He said the young guys wouldn’t even make eye contact. They were looking away, and he did find one guy sitting close to him, and said, ‘Here’s the deal. Are you interested?’ The guy said, ‘Retired captain, United States Marine Corps.’ Bob Hayden said, ‘You’ll do.’ So the stewardess — flight attendant, whatever — gave the signal, and they jump up and subdued the guy. While this is going on, the guy’s wife, Bob Hayden’s wife didn’t do a thing. She kept reading the book. She never looked up. Somebody sitting next to her said, ‘How could you do that? How could you sit here when your husband was out there trying to subdue someone?’ She said, ‘Look, I’ve been married to the guy 42 years. I’ve seen this all my life. I knew he was going to go up there and step on somebody’s neck. I knew how this was going to end. I didn’t know how my book was going to end.’ (laughing) So Bob Hayden was on Fox today. We have a couple of sound bites. The first question from E. D. Hill, they asked him to describe what he saw on this flight. It was Northwest Flight 720 last Saturday.
HAYDEN: Looked to me like it was — it would have almost looked like a heart attack but it was something staged about it. So I immediately changed seats with the kid next to me and took the aisle seat and then I walked to the back of the — all the way from that seat to the back of the plane, because I thought it might be a diversion, it might be something coming from the back of the plane while we were all watching this and I looked at every person’s face, didn’t really see anything too worrisome.
HILL: Uh-huh. So you went to the flight attendant and said, ‘Look if anything happens, you give me a signal.’
HILL: At that point you had already talked to the guy next to you —
HILL: — who it turns out was an ex-Marine, and he says, ‘I’ll help you.’ What was the trigger?
HAYDEN: The trigger was they waved plastic handcuffs at me. Being an ex-cop that was like sort of Pavlov’s dog, I knew what they wanted and I got up and the Marine came behind me and we subdued these guys and cuffed one of them and put them in the seats and belted them in.
RUSH: There were two guys being unruly. They way it went with the Marine, Bob Hayden is scouting the plane for assistance, because there’s two guys and there’s one of him, and he didn’t find any looks of interest from the younger guys on the plane, because we were raising a bunch of sissies in this country, not including military people. Give me a break on this! You know, can’t play tag. We can’t play dodge ball. We can’t play kick ball. We can’t do any of these things in school anymore. ‘Somebody might get hurt!’ We can’t raise our hands in class anymore because it humiliates those who don’t know the answer. Let’s face it. We can’t applaud. Wait ’til you hear this. You can’t applaud at your own graduation. They’ll take your diploma away from you! You cannot applaud at your own graduation. Wait ’til you hear that. Yeah, it’s the new castrati taking over. Anyway, these two guys, the 65-year-old Bob Hayden and saw this guy, another gray-haired guy sitting next to him and said, ‘Here’s the plan. Are you interested?’ The Marine, ‘former captain, ex-captain, retired captain, United States Marine Corps.’ Bob Hayden said, ‘You’ll do.’ So then E. D. Hill got to the question about his wife, quotes what she said. ‘Bob’s been shot at he’s been stabbed he’s taken knives away, knows how to handle those situations. I figured he’d go up there step on somebody’s neck and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end,’ she said, ‘I didn’t know how the book would end so I kept reading.’ She mentions that question to him, and here’s Bob Hayden’s response.
HAYDEN: Katie’s the coolest customer I ever member.
HAYDEN: When we were 14 is when we started going out, and all the way home on the ride home, she never mentioned this happened. We went shopping, she didn’t mention it. We watched an old Sopranos, she never mentioned it — and then going up to bed, she got up to go to bed before me, she said, ‘Stand up.’ And I stood up. And she gave me a little kiss, and she said, ‘By the way, nice job on the plane.’
RUSH: (Laughing.) I love this, folks! I love this whole story, everything about it. I just absolutely love it.
RUSH: Let’s go Charlotte, North Carolina, Paul, welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Rush, mega Marine Corps Devil Dog dittos.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I just wanted to bring to mind that the young man on Flight 93 were young men who stepped up to the plate and became heroes through their actions.
CALLER: No question about it, no question about it.
CALLER: We just want to remember that.
RUSH: That’s an excellent point. Let me give you an illustration. Are you watching The Sopranos, Paul?
CALLER: No, I don’t. I’m sorry.
RUSH: Too bad, because the perfect illustration of the wusses that we are creating in America — not every man — some reject it. They’re not succeeding in totally —
RUSH: A.J. Soprano, Tony’s son, is the classic example, for those of you watching the show, of what I am talking about is happening to young boys in skrools all over the country today.
CALLER: Well, I’d like to also mention a good example for young men to follow would be to remember those who died today June 6th, 1944.
RUSH: We’re going to get to that. I’m going to read to you a prayer that FDR offered, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and it is going to shock you.
CALLER: I remember that.
RUSH: And it’s haunting. To this day it’s still haunting. It’s a source of great pride, Pointe Du Hoc. It is unbelievable what happened at Pointe Du Hoc with the Rangers. But this prayer offered by FDR will stun you in that you will realize a president could not deliver it today.
RUSH: Damon in Homer, Louisiana. Welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Dittos there, Rush.
CALLER: From the oil fields in Cajun country.
RUSH: Yeah, thank you, sir. It’s always love getting people from Cajun country.
CALLER: Hey, look, Rush, I’m going to go ahead and take the other side of this. I say that the two wimps on that plane were the guys who didn’t put up a fight.
CALLER: The thing is this. I worked in the oil field and have been all over the world, and I’ve traveled a lot on the airplanes and I know how it works. You know, after a couple weeks on the rig, you want a couple’a drinks.
RUSH: Wait a minute. These are troublemakers. These people intended… You don’t ever know what they intend on this airplane. You wish they would have been successful?
CALLER: Oh, see the, the thing is, is that if they were mostly harmful it was okay but you know, I’ll tell you what. If I was drinking and the flight attendants didn’t even give me a warning, and some two old guys came up to me and throwed up to me, there would be a fight. I can guarantee you that! I might not have won, but I would have gone down swinging.
RUSH: (Laughing.) Well, that’s a fantastic perspective. I enjoy getting the real-man perspective on this: taking the side of the perps all because you don’t think they got a warning, right?
CALLER: Well, I mean, I don’t know, but I —
RUSH: I think they did.
CALLER: — know the standard procedure when you’re drinking excessively on a plane, you know, the first thing they do is they stop selling you drinks.
RUSH: Wait a minute. It’s hard to believe. Wait a minute, now. Wait a minute. Wait. It’s hard to believe that you may be more informed than I on this, but were they drinking?
CALLER: Well, if they were being rowdy, they probably were drinking, but if it was just a bunch of boys… You know, if they were warned to stop making some noise and they didn’t —
RUSH: It was more than that.
CALLER: — then yeah, I guess old guys coming up and —
RUSH: It was more than noise. They were faking heart attacks. They were clearly trying to disrupt. There was curiosity about whether or not they were, you know, scoping things out for future mission. People have to be concerned about this on airplanes these days.
CALLER: Ah, yeah, well, all I know is that if two old guys woulda come up to me and I wouldn’t have been warned by the flight attendants to stop making a little rowdy scene, there would be have a fight. Like Justin Wilson always said, ‘I gar-on-tee!’
RUSH: (Laughing.) Justin Wilson! Is he still around?
CALLER: I don’t know. He ain’t even from Louisiana.
RUSH: Damon, look, I appreciate the call. You have a fascinating perspective on this.