Start spreading the news…Someone in the Obama Administration is an insensitive boob. We are told that Obama is furious over the incident. I figure he’s furious he got caught!
The worst part of this is the pilots and staff of AFO could end up getting some flack for this one. And that’s way too bad.
“…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.”…”
Another Gibbs moment:
“…White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t have much to offer reporters this afternoon on what happened.
Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, asked, “Do you guys feel you owe folks in New York City an apology for this incident having to do with the airplane that looks like Air Force One with two fighter jets? There seemed to be a lot of panic.”
“I would point you to FAA or Air Force,” Gibbs responded.
Todd shot back, “They pointed me to you guys.”
Gibbs said he would make some inquiries. “I have seen some news reports but I don’t know. I have no information on this other than what I saw on a website.”
“That’s why it’s odd that you guys don’t have a response,” Todd replied. “It’s the president’s aircraft or what looks like the president’s aircraft.”
Gibbs said, “I was working on other things. You might be surprised to know I don’t know of every move Air Force One or what happens to it. I will certainly talk to the military office.”
In a news conference Monday afternoon, New York’s Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer criticized the FAA, “There would be no danger from warning the public. Every danger from not warning the public.”
“It is absolutely outrageous and appalling to think that the FAA would plan such a photo shoot and not warn the public, knowing full well New Yorkers still have the vivid memory of 9/11 sketched in their minds,” Schumer added….”