Since it was Obama’s 747 that did the buzzing to get photographs, the president would have had to approve it, right? Gabriel Mallor at Ace of Spades remarks that this is more proof of “Obama’s extreme childishness and lack of regard for anyone other than his own self.” Since Obama behaves as if 9/11 isn’t a big deal anymore, maybe he thinks everyone else thinks it’s no big deal, too. If that is what he thought, then hopefully today’s little stunt and the ensuing panic put that misunderstanding to bed really fast.
Next question: who wanted the photos of New York City’s lower Manhattan so badly that it warranted using the president’s 747 and panicking New Yorkers to do it. The answer:
President Obama’s White House was forced to issue an apology Monday after a photo opportunity gone wrong — an Air Force 747 plane did a low flyover lower Manhattan, prompting terrified citizens to flee from their offices and high-profile accusations of government insensitivity.
White House Military Office director Louis Caldera issued a brief statement.
“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” he said. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, its clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”
The panic started Monday morning when a backup 747 used as Air Force One flew by lower Manhattan with a fighter jet closely following, rattling windows and causing some limited evacuations.
The late afternoon statement came as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — an Obama ally so far — said he was outraged.
And rightly so. Check out this video that shows how people immediately thought another 9/11 was happening:
Update: What was all the panic for? The White House was updating its file photo. Unbelievable.