When I heard that there was a photo-op staged in New York city featuring a low altitude flyover by a jumbo jet being chased by an F-16 fighter jet, I thought “Surely, you jest, who’d do anything that stupid?”.
I saw the footage myself…one of the planes that serves as Air Force One flew low over the “ground zero” area of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. It was escorted by a fighter jet. Immediately MY brain went to pictures of 9/11. I cannot even IMAGINE what it must have made those who were there in New York when those planes flew in low over their city and slammed into the Twin Towers feel!!!
Did these administration people REALLY think this was a good idea? Do they REMEMBER 9/11 and what it looked like for those on the ground in NYC and those watching TV?????
Mayor Bloomberg has the right to be furious. All of NYC has the right to be furious. They SHOULD be furious. This was insensitive. Uuncaring. UNBELIEVABLE. Good grief. TRY PHOTOSHOPPING! Don’t recreate the worst and most frightening event in our recent history in order to get a pretty picture.
Apparently Rahm Emanuel and Obama himself are upset about the decision to do this. I don’t believe they are upset. I don’t believe they didn’t know it was going to happen. Obama is such a narcissist I simply don’t think it crossed his mind that this might be something that might be scary to other people. All Obama had to say was that it was a “mistake” and that he was “in the dark”. No apology. Dude doesn’t think NYC deserves an apology for scaring the daylights out of them. The guy who would take the fall (which there won’t be one, trust me) for this “mistake” is the Director of the White House Military Office, Louis Caldera. This is a position which has always been held by active military. While Caldera did serve in the armed forces, he’s a lawyer who most recently “served” as a California state lawmaker. A super great patsy for Obama if he needed one, who I’m sure, controls him like a puppet on a string.
Honestly, I think this is Obama and his minions looking to see just how far they can go and not suffer any consequences. It’s like a trial balloon, only a really freaking scary one. More new memories, a gift from an administration whose memory is short…or is it?
Oh, and did I mention that this little stunt cost “us” between $300,000 and $400,000?? Yeah. Nice. Real nice. Scare everyone nearly to death, and then charge them for the pleasure…