The backup Air Force One aircraft, one of two Boeing 747-200B series planes used to transport the president, made a three-hour round-trip flight from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to New York early Monday, accompanied by a single F-16 fighter. The goal was to get a publicity photo of the plane flying in front of the Statue of Liberty, which sits in the New York Harbor between New York and New Jersey. An Air Force spokesman Tuesday said the photographer was seated in the back seat of the F-16 fighter jet.
Some local authorities in New York were informed of the flight before it occurred, but the Federal Aviation Administration, on orders from the military, told New York officials not to disclose the information to residents or businesses. When New Yorkers saw the huge plane bearing down on lower Manhattan followed by the F-16 jet, many suspected another terrorist attack was about to occur. Some buildings in New York and in Jersey City, N.J., ordered evacuations.
Of course, our CIC denies any prior knowledge of this event, and once again expresses outrage and leaves someone else to take the fall. Whatever happened to "The Buck Stops Here" type of presidency? Apparently our fearless leaders in Washington have never heard of Photoshop (then again, former Democratic presidential hopefull John Kerry flew all the way to Vietnam just to take pictures, so I guess this is par for the course). And let's see, just how big was the carbon footprint on this little stunt? Again, I suppose that shouldn't be surprising, either, as his Earth Day "hop" to Iowa burned over 9000 gallons of fuel.
I'm so glad that our tax dollars are once again being spent wisely by sound stewards of the environment. Gee, I sure hope they got a good picture.