But first, a quote from last December …
via The Washington Post | December 2, 2008 “Louis [Caldera] has served his country with distinction in uniform and in government, and his pedigree is second-to-none,” Obama said in a statement. “I know he’ll bring to the White House the same dedication and integrity that have earned him the highest praise in every post, from Secretary of the Army to university president.” Barack ObamaExcept when it comes to ordering a fly-by photo op with an F-16 and a 747 over New York City. RELATED:
Via GAWKER: Why Louis Caldera Should Be Fired This panic video shows why the White House official should go. The clip, circulated via email, shows a crowd in Lower Manhattan screaming and running in just one of the many cases in which New Yorkers freaked out at what looked like a 9/11-style terror attack.
Via NY Daily News: Mayor Bloomberg outraged over military photo-op involving low-flying presidential jet A perfect storm of idiocy led to a frightening 9/11 flashback for thousands of New Yorkers Monday when a jumbo jet and an F-16 fighter jet buzzed lower Manhattan without warning. A “furious” Mayor Bloomberg denounced the dunces who dreamed up the stunt – and the NYPD officials and bureaucrats who never told him about it.
Via AHN: New York City Fly By Triggers 9/11 Memories, Panic A back-up of the presidential plane flew at low altitude over New York City for a photo op on Monday but the unexpected scene, reminiscent of 9/11, prompted many office workers to evacuate out of high-rise buildings. A Boeing 747, trailed by an Air Force F-16 circled Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey at 1,000 feet to as low as 150 feet around 9:30 a.m. as part of a publicity operation of the Department of Defense (DOD). The DOD informed local authorities and the New York and New Jersey police of the fly-bys last week but decided not to inform the general public and the media.
Via The Age: Obama’s fury over NYC jet scare An Administration official described President Barack Obama as also being furious when he heard about the incident and the confusion it caused.
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