UPDATE: VIDEO - WATCH NEW YORKERS RUNNING LIKE ON 9/11
WTF? A photo- op? What am I missing? For what? And why? And here we are in the middle of so many TERRIBLE! CATASTROPHIC! EARTH ENDING! crises and he is ordering "an iconic shot"? This is what dear leader is worried about? This is what he considers "a mission"?
But the exercise — conducted without any notification to the public — caused momentary panic in some quarters and led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City. By the afternoon, the situation had turned into a political fuse box, with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg saying that he was “furious” that he had not been told in advance about the flyover.
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.
The mission on Monday, officials said, was set up to create an iconic shot of Air Force One, similar to one that was taken in recent years over the Grand Canyon.
Terrify New Yorkers. Another brilliant move by dear leader.
UPDATE And it cost $328K.
Malone asks if the fly-over was a photo-op,
1. where are the photos?
2. who was taking the pictures? F-16 jets have one pilot. "look, no hands!"
UPDATE: Robert in Germany, long time Atlas reader notes:
I just wanted to say that your "WTF?" posting from 28 Apr had some incorrect information at the bottom. When "Malone" asked who was taking the pictures in the F-16, I think it should be clarified that two-seat F-16s do exist (there are actually plenty of them). In fact, a good friend of mine is an aerial photographer who regularly goes up with a pilot in a two-seater F-16 to photograph other jets. While I am not sure which version(s) were flying for the photo-op, I just want to make sure your readers are not mislead into thinking two-seat F-16s do not exist.
Meanwhile, WHERE ARE THE DAMN PICTURES?