Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Air Force One Debacle

by Dick Mac

Here's an actual conversation that likely took place among some Washington insiders who've spent too many decades in Washington and not enough time in the real world:

"Hey! I have an idea! Let's get some publicity shots of Air Force One flying over a recognizable American location."

"Yeah, let's use the Grand Canyon!"

"Nah! Something a little edgier, a little more timely."

"Yeah! How about over the White House!"

"Nah! Too obvious. Something more engaging."

"I have an idea: Lower Manhattan! The Statue of Liberty, with Central Park and the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge all available for the backdrop!"

"Great idea!"

"How do you pull that off? The President is kinda busy, isn't he?"

"No worries! I have an idea!"

The execution of that idea was quickly followed-up by an article in the New York Times that went something like this:

At 4:39 p.m. Monday, the White House issued an apology for the flyover. Louis E. Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who served in the Clinton administration as secretary of the Army, said in a statement:

Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. 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. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.

Read all about it here: White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover

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