It’s hard not to see Flight 1459 as a metaphysical bookend to 9/11, signaling the setting of the Age of Bush and the dawning of an Age of Obama. There, airliners were crashed into Manhattan buildings by Forces of Evil, while the massively ill-prepared and disastrous response of rescuers was occluded by bravado and pseudo-heroism from on high. Here, on the very day Bush paid his farewell to the nation, trouble threatened Manhattan by accident of nature, and disaster was averted by the skill of the pilot and the competence of the rescuers. So a Manichaean world of faith-based ideology and incompetence gives way to a unitary one of secular understanding and expertise. We can hope.