Who dropped the ball in New York?

Yahoo News reports:

“WASHINGTON – An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.”

This morning New Yorkers fled on foot trying to avoid the 747 that was flying 1,000 feet above ground and aiming at skyscrapers. As New Yorkers panic, buildings were being evacuated and people were reliving the terror of 9/11. Mayor Bloomberg had some choose words for those who left him out of the loop.

New York Post reports:

“Hours after the incident, a furious Bloomberg called the photo-op “insensitive.”
“First thing is I’m annoyed – furious is a better word – that I wasn’t told,” he said. “Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Poor judgment would be a nice ways to phrase.”

Bloomberg said federal officials notified the NYPD and another city official, whom he declined to identify, of the flight plan.

“Had I known about it I would have called them right away and asked them not to,” he said. “The good news is it was nothing more than an ill considered, badly conceived, insensitive photo op – with the taxpayers’ money.”

Did Obama and the minions over at the White House really think that flying a 747 close to skyscrapers for a photo-op wouldn’t freak anybody out? The fear and panic in a city of 8 million people wouldn’t spread faster than wild fire? My heart goes out to these people who had to endure the incompetence set fourth by the Obama administration.

“Dominick Caglioti, who works at the Mercantile Exchange, thought the worst as he saw the jets hurtle toward his window just after 10:30 a.m. After learning it was all a photo op, he was furious.
“It’s so stupid because they tell you about every fire drill, but they didn’t tell us about this,” he said.”
“”You don’t do this to people down here after all we have been to,” said Jillian Pizzarello, who also works at the Mercantile Exchange.”

“”Oh God, it was mayhem in here, just mayhem,” says Rubin Shimon, manager of Styling Haircutters, a barber shop near Ground Zero, where many people took shelter to call loved ones on their cell phones.”

“”To do something like this to all these people who have already been through 9-11 is just wrong,” said Greg Forman, a broker at the New York Mercantile Exchange. The exchange, which is currently in a building along the Hudson, had offices in the World Trade Center at the time of the 2001 attacks.

One block north, construction workers on the 43-story Goldman Sachs Group Inc. tower said they had a close-up view of the low-flying plane. “I saw that thing coming and ran down the stairs,” said Eddie Navedo, who was clearing construction debris on the 23rd floor of the new building when he spotted the plane flying low over the river, then banking sharply to the west. “Everybody was saying, it’s a terrorist attack.”

Take a look at these videos:

More accounts:

“Everybody panicked,” said Daisy Cooper, a Merrill Lynch worker in Jersey City, who lost a nephew on 9/11. “Everybody was screaming and we all ran downstairs. I’m devastated…Everybody was running, we didn’t know why we were running. We just knew it was a plane, there we go, 9/11 again.”
“I was crying and praying to God to forgive me my sins because I thought I was going to get killed,” said Kathleen Filandro, who fled from One New York Plaza when she spotted the planes. “We have that big space in the sky where the towers once stood. You can’t just do things like this down here.”

“I didn’t know what was going on,” said Eunice Davis, 41, of Brooklyn, who was evacuated from the New York Mercantile Exchange. “Some planes were circling the building. I was afraid. I was here when the World Trade Center went down.”

“David Frank of Jersey City wrote: “I work in 30 Hudson, which is the largest building in NJ and is right on the water facing the Statue of Liberty. I ran out of the building after a stampede of people began running out of the building as they saw the jumbo jet being followed by two fighter planes veer sharply towards our building and climb right over it. By the time I got outside, it was coming around for its THIRD pass, and I watched it level off below building height over the water and then once again veer sharply towards the building. Several hundred of us began to run away fearing for our lives before it climbed steeply and flew over our building. Whoever thought that this ‘photo op’ was a good idea should be removed from command…why couldn’t this simply be done with Photo Shop? Hollywood can create an entire armageddon on film but the US military can’t photo shop a plane by the Statue of Liberty?”

“Amy in Jersey City wrote: “I work in the 30 Hudson building in Jersey City, on the side that faces the Statue of Liberty. Our group is on one of the top floors and needless to say we probably had some of the best views of this incident. We were conducting work as normal when all of a sudden we see this huge commerical plane coming at us. People were ducking and on the floor because it came so close. The plane flew right over us and couldn’t have missed the building by more than 100 feet. Then we heard people scream it was coming back. The plane literally looked like it was going to barrel into our building coming straight at us until it turned upwards at the last minute. I can’t believe I saw the underbelly of a plane fly over me. When it started coming back a 3rd time, we ran for the stairs. It’s safe to say we are pretty angry about having to evacuate and go down 30+ flights of stairs for a ‘photo shoot.’ What a start to the week.”

I’m glad that the White House felt the need to inform New York residents of it’s 9/11 reenactment.

“At 4:39 p.m. Monday, the White House issued an apology for the flyover. Louis E. Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who served in the Clinton administration as secretary of the Army, said in a statement:

Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.

Is any one actually in control over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ?

  • D.D.Mao

    I seriously DOUBT that the White House and specificlly Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel doesn’t know where Air Force One is at all times.Having Mr. Caldera fall on the sword is simply another example in the long line of dissing the military by this administration.

  • Bill Hedges

    Like $325,000 for the pics. Obama keeps his residents warm

    Conserves energy folks…

  • Bill Hedges

    FREEDOM EDEN
    “Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.” –Abraham Lincoln
    …..

    …”Harry Reid reveals in an epilogue of the paperback version of his book, The Good Fight, that Obama told him, “I have a gift.”

    “Reid is struggling to do damage control and prevent Obama from appearing arrogant and conceited. By using his wife’s remarks, he’s trying to spin the goofy Obama quote to make Obama seem less like a jerk. Reid is failing miserably.”

    “He makes Obama come off like a pompous ass or a creepy cult leader or both. Either Obama thinks he’s superior and the smartest guy in the room, or he believes that he’s the chosen one with supernatural forces at work.”

    “Just what is Obama’s “gift”?”

    “That he can read a teleprompter? Actually, I don’t think he’s very gifted at that.”

    NOTE_I love this

    “I don’t see it that way. Obama is not a great communicator. He’s no Reagan.”

    “Obama lacks sincerity and substance. He doesn’t come clean about his radical Leftist principles. If his intelligence were truly off the charts and he didn’t feel the need to disguise his Leftist extremism, Obama wouldn’t be so frighteningly dependent on his army of teleprompters. He could function on his own. He wouldn’t need the technology to prop him up”

    I think this article comes real close to the truth. Thanks Sen. Reid for writing book..

    Link will be in next comment

  • Bill Hedges
  • Bill Hedges

    Fox news made up-dated photo of Air force one over New York. Cost, well, they said nothing. That’s a lie. Must of cost ten cents…Fox always lies.

  • Bill Hedges

    Another email from my Brother

    .
    Michelle Obama …things we don’t talk about,OK

    Left-Wing news media newspapers, Time Magazine,
    NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS will NOT report this

    And her husband walks on water.

    Talk about something smelling rotten in Denmark!
    Heck, it’s rotten in the USA!!!! Thanks to
    the news media for the lack of another one!

    This one smells all the way to the White House.

    [Unable to display image]
    At the top right hand corner of Page 17 of the
    New York Post of January 24th, 2009, was a
    short column entitled, “Replacing Michelle”, in
    the National Review “The Week” column.
    I found this interesting, so here
    it is, word for word, as it appeared:

    Some employees are simply irreplaceable.
    Take Michelle Obama:
    The University of Chicago Medical Center
    hired her in 2002 to run “programs for community
    relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment,
    staff diversity and minority contracting”.

    In 2005 the hospital raised her salary from $120,000
    to $317,000 [ $197,000 raise for a part-time job ] –
    nearly twice what her husband made as a Senator.

    Oh did we mention that her husband had just become a
    US Senator? [This is true] Obama submitted a $1 million
    earmark for the University of Chicago Medical Center, in
    fact. Way to network Michelle!

    But now that Mrs. Obama has resigned, the hospital says
    her position will remain unfilled. How can that be, if the
    work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?

    We can think of only one explanation: Senator Roland
    Burris’s wife wasn’t interested.

    Let me add that Michelle’s position was a half-time,
    20 hour a week job. And to think they were critical
    of Blagoyovich’s wife for taking $100,000 in fuzzy real
    estate commission.

    My thoughts: How did this bit of quid pro quo corruption
    escape the sharp reporters that dug through Sarah Palin’s
    garbage and kindergarten files? Unbelievable!

    …..

    Could this be related ?

    “Obama released on Thursday a list of all his requests for earmarked federal spending in 2005 and 2006. He already had released a list of spending requests made in 2007.”

    “In among them was a request for $1 million in federal funding in 2006 for a new pavilion at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where his wife, Michelle Obama, was a vice president at the time. The request was not ultimately included when Congress passed spending legislation that year, according to the Obama campaign.”

    I guess since the PORK didn’t pass, it’ O.K.. Of course. One’s intentions does not matter ?

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/03/14/chitrib-notes-obama-sponsored-pork-aid-wifes-hospital

    So sad to hear the half time job of Obama’s wife will not be filled,,,for now. What a shame