He decided to have Air Force One fly low over New York City. For a photo op.
The Obama administration is doing their best to keep New Yorkers on their toes:Heckuva good job there, Barry. Looks like our Dear Leader has already gone off and forgotten 9/11, but hey! What do you expect from someone who has 9/11 Syndrome and used to listen to Jeremiah "G-Damn AmeriKKKa" Wright?An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama’s official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity that startled some New Yorkers who have memories of the September 11 attacks.
New York City officials notified some businesses but not all city agencies or the general public. People in New York remain sensitive to such incidents in lower Manhattan, site of the 2001 attacks involving hijacked airliners that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Many people left their buildings, and stock prices extended losses at the time.
The U.S. Air Force, which operates the president’s plane, said the “aerial photo mission” involved an F-16 fighter jet escort and one of the Boeing 747s designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Obama was not on board.
Police said federal authorities told them not to disclose the information ahead of time but to direct inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration.
...Look for Obama’s people to claim it was a selfless gesture on the part of the president to take New Yorkers minds off the swine flu.
Here's a great headline from MSNBC: "Obama: New York City flyover was 'mistake'" Yeah. No kidding. Here's what Obambi had to say to MSNBC:
"It was a mistake," he said in response to a reporter's question. "It was something we found out about along with all of you. And it will not happen again."
I don't know about anyone else out in the blogosphere, but I highly, highly doubt that. He probably knew right from the start.
One of the president's official planes and a supersonic fighter jet zoomed past the lower Manhattan skyline in a flash just as the work day was beginning Monday. Within minutes, startled financial workers streamed out of their offices, fearing a nightmarish replay of Sept. 11.
For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low.
But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the plane in front of national landmarks.
What the crap? Why does he need pictures of the plane in front of landmarks? But if you have to be that stupid, Barack, Doug Powers was right: There's this thing called 'Photoshop.' But I digress...
It was carried out by the Defense Department with little warning, infuriating New York officials and putting the White House on the defense. Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't know about it, and he later called it "insensitive" to fly so near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.The same FAA that grounded all aircraft after 9/11 caused massive panic by not telling anyone about this idiot stunt of Obummer's. Nice.
...The FAA notified the New York Police Department of the flyover, telling them photos of the Air Force One jet would be taken about 1,500 feet above the Statue of Liberty around 10 a.m. Monday. It had a classified footnote that said "information in this document shall not be released to the public or the media."
Workers in lower Manhattan were stunned by what they saw.
John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people "went into a total panic" and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz nearby.
"We were informed after we cleared out of there," Leitner said. "I kind of think heads should roll a little bit on that."
I'd be a bit stunned, too. Out all the ghoulish, tasteless things Obama could have done, this is by far one of the worst. Video footage:
Conservative blogger 2Cents put it quite nicely: "What in the world were they thinking?!"
But it would appear that Obama wasn't.