Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pentagon Discusses Air Force One Photo-Op Scare in NYC

News in Balance

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 -- The White House expressed regret yesterday over a photo opportunity involving Air Force One that stirred up confusion and fear in New York City.

The Presidential Airlift Group flew the VC-25 presidential aircraft, escorted by an F-16 fighter jet, over the city between 10 and 10:30 yesterday morning, said Gary T. Strasburg, chief of the Air Force’s Environmental Public Affairs.

The mission was conducted “in conjunction with normally scheduled continuation training for assigned aircrew members,” and coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration, Strasburg said.

This mission was coordinated for the Upper New York Bay, south of the Holland Tunnel and in the Newark Bay north of the Staten Island Expressway, he said.

But New Yorkers who observed the flight found it all too reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that took down both World Trade Center towers.

Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, expressed regret yesterday over approving the mission.

“I take responsibility for that decision,” he said in a written statement.

“While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption,” he said. “I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

(Report by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service.)

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7 Comments:

Anonymous MoJo said...

What a way to sum up Obama's first 100 days: here comes Obama, run for your lives!

10:20 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so now Obama is claiming that he didn't know about the photo-op until after it happened.

That's simply a bald-faced lie.

It can't happen.

If you believe this administration, you are a fool.

12:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Obama get a pass from media over flyover panic?

Yes.

http://tinyurl.com/dhyx9j

Imagine the howling if this had happened during the Bush administration.

12:13 PM EDT  
Blogger a person on the planet said...

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12:30 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the administration finds it necessary to lie about this incident, what else are they hiding?

Where is Obama's birth certificate? Who authored his books? We need to see his school records.

I wonder if Obama will move to reascend the Presidential Records Act?

1:29 PM EDT  
Blogger ♥♥♥♥♥ Jennifer™® ♥♥♥♥♥ said...

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8:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the bottom line in this whole thing is this: if you want to fly an airliner at 1000 feet over New York City without anyone knowing about it, you can again do it.

1:51 PM EDT  

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