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Obama, Bloomberg, Everybody 'Furious' About NYC 747 Photo-Op


Everybody's "furious" (rightly so) about the taxpayer-funded photo-op of the Air Force One jet that caused evacutations and scared the crap out of lower Manhattan yesterday. If you want to see a typical reaction, check out the video, AFTER THE JUMP, top left.

ABC News: "When President Obama was told about the incident, he was 'furious,' a White House official says. [Director of the White House Military Office Louis] Caldera was called into a meeting with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina. 'It didn't sound like a fun meeting,' the White House official says."

NYDN: "A "furious" Mayor Bloomberg denounced the dunces who dreamed up the stunt - and the NYPD officials and bureaucrats who never told him about it. By day's end, an obscure City Hall deputy named Marc Mugnos, who makes $60,000 a year, was taking the fall for not telling Bloomberg that the low-flying planes were coming. He was reprimanded"

AFTER THE JUMP, a couple plane videos, Bloomberg, and Maddow's report.

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  1. Definitely poor judgement made for this photo op. Hasn't anyone heard of Photoshop?

    Posted by: carolinaguy | Apr 28, 2009 8:32:07 AM

  2. Bush had his "Mission Accomplished" photo op, now Obama has his Air Force-One fly over photo op. Straight boys and their toys. Ridiculous.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 28, 2009 8:36:58 AM

  3. Douche bags 101

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Apr 28, 2009 8:43:43 AM

  4. As Carolinaguy said - ever heard of Photoshop?

    We're told that we're about to die any second from global warming, and yet they fly jets around just to take a frivolous picture?

    Obama flew across the country on these same jets to give a speech on Earth Day...using over 9000 gallons of jet fuel. Ever heard of satellites and videoconferencing?

    Or are those things just for us little people? Such blatant hypocrisy.

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 28, 2009 9:06:18 AM

  5. TOTUS was furious, POTUS, not so much...

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 28, 2009 9:10:43 AM

  6. Wow, between this and the pig flu the sky is seriously falling. Absolutely infatuated with our panic and outrage, aren't we?

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 28, 2009 9:51:46 AM

  7. "TOTUS was furious, POTUS, not so much..."


    The one who is being a total hypocrite as usual is you, Paul C.

    Posted by: Ed | Apr 28, 2009 10:11:19 AM

  8. As people have already noted, why didn't they just photoshop the picture? Not only would it have saved the residents of New York City from a scare, it would also have saved the government God-knows how much money. Hmm....747 flying around the city accompanied by two fighter jets. What do you think? $200,000? $300,000? They should find the idiot in the government who made this decision and dock his pay. When the government is watching every cent, why should we all pay for this blunder?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Apr 28, 2009 10:38:34 AM

  9. Paul might be a butthole, but he's right on this one. I think that one of the most important functions of the Presidency is to set the tone and establish the example for the rest of the administration and the country. In a time of financial hardship, it would be nice to see the government reigning in its unnecessary spending (such as travel). Videoconferencing would be a good option for some appearances, for sure... although I understand that an "in the flesh" appearance by the President is in some cases necessary for other reasons. Obama has decreased unnecessary spending in other ways, such as using private funds for the traditional re-decoration of the oval office (and keeping lots of the old stuff like the carpet that is usually replaced with each new president). But Air Force One has such high visibility that when you take it out for a joyride over lower Manhattan just so someone can take pretty pictures, it just seems wasteful and unnecessary... let alone boneheaded and insensitive.

    White House fail.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 28, 2009 10:58:52 AM

  10. Wayne, Obama had nothing to do with this and was furious when he learned about. Jeez.

    Posted by: SAM | Apr 28, 2009 11:34:26 AM

  11. Thanks Sam, I was just about to say the exact same thing.

    Posted by: Salome | Apr 28, 2009 11:41:32 AM

  12. I don't understand the $60K salary reference. It's well above average, but I get the sense that it's meant to show that the guy is a peon.

    What is the point of putting that in the story?

    Posted by: Meanwhile | Apr 28, 2009 12:38:13 PM

  13. @Ed - Paul didn't make the "TOTUS" comment, Ed. I tutored people like you in college though, so if you need any help with your reading abilities, just let me know. I'll be glad to help you out.

    Now, would you care to clarify what was hypocritical in the (100% correct) comment that I actually made?

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 28, 2009 12:55:32 PM

  14. Well, they're already spending trillions of extra dollars on who-knows-what in the budget, what's a flyover compared to that?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 28, 2009 1:04:02 PM

  15. I wish the President could tell some of y'all bitches to kiss his blemish/pimple free pretty light-brown ass.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 28, 2009 1:12:59 PM

  16. Hot!

    Posted by: Dakota | Apr 28, 2009 2:33:22 PM

  17. Boneheaded doubt, but comparing it to "Mission Accomplished" is a leap that only a GOP member would make. The defense department did this without anyone's knowledge. It wasnt like Obama was on the plane towing a banner saying "The Financial Crisis is Over!"
    I'm more concerned that the Defense Dept can make these decisions with little to no notice.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2009 2:36:31 PM

  18. Im also more surprised that no one could recognize the presidents plane. Its markings are so clear, I would have picked it out easily had I been as close as many people were.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2009 2:38:56 PM

  19. The markings are clear when it's sitting still, on the ground, without the glaring sun and sky behind it. It was reasonable that few or no one recognized the plane.

    Beyond that...


    Get the fuck over it. Are we all running away every thing a damn plane flies by? I think it's time to put the feigned PTSD behind us. ("It's a high-jacked plane...I know it." Apparently you didn't.)

    It's not like planes are being flown into buildings every other week. It's been nearly nine years. It hasn't happened since nor has anyone tried. I'm sure the boogey men are thinking of something new.

    Posted by: PatrickPatrick | Apr 28, 2009 6:52:34 PM

  20. This is a ridiculously stupid mistake. Why didn't the Obama administration just spend $300 on Photoshop rather than scaring thousands of people in New York??? Nice move, Caldera. Anyway, here's a video i found today that shows how different news outlets are covering the story. Definitely worth a look:

    Posted by: Joanne | Apr 28, 2009 7:05:53 PM

  21. This is a ridiculously stupid mistake. Why didn't the Obama administration just spend $300 on Photoshop rather than scaring thousands of people in New York??? Nice move, Caldera. Anyway, here's a video i found today that shows how different news outlets are covering the story. Definitely worth a look:

    Posted by: Joanne | Apr 28, 2009 7:07:09 PM

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