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    Default Airforce 1 flyby over Manhattan and NJ.

    F-16s Buzz Lady Liberty, Put City on Edge

    An Air Force One lookalike and two F-16s circled the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor this morning, halting work on nearby construction sites and giving thousands of people in downtown Manhattan and New Jersey quite the scare.

    "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."

    The Air Force One lookalike is a back up plane for the one used by the president, The New York Times reported. The plane is designated by the Defense Department as a VC-25 but is recognizable to the public as a Boeing 747.

    The Federal Aviation Administration said there was no reason for alarm, even thousands of people saw the two fighter jets circle the statue, along with a VC-25, and immediately thought the worst.

    "Thousands" of people in the streets of Jersey City were set into a panic, said Stan Eason of the Jersey City Police Department. Buildings were evacuated because residents were unaware what was going on, Eason said. Thousands of Jersey City office workers fled their office buildings in fear of another 9/11 attack.

    "It's completely asinine after 9/11 to do that," said Keith Mercantine, who witnessed the chaos in Jersey City. "I saw ambulances out here with pregnant women."

    Eason was checking to see if any authorities were notified. They received a number of calls and were prompted to call the FAA.

    "They were making two, maybe three passes," FAA spokesman Jim Peters told News 4 New York. "The (Department of Defense) and the FAA worked this all out in advance."
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    Then, in a smart-ass, smug comment made by the White House Press Sec, he basically told a reporter that, "THEY, the media" should have told him about this incident, because he wasn't aware that this event even happened. Isn't he the fucking Whitehouse Press sec? Robert L. Gibbs is a shit-fume.

    NYC Mayor Bloomburg, Homeland Security, among others living and working in Manhattan were very upset that no noticed was given by the Whitehouse, the FAA or the Military that a flyby was about to take place so close to GROUND ZERO and the Manhattan area, that left people evacuating buildings and running in the streets.

    But, in Obama's defense, it was stated that he too was very upset that this incident happened and he too wasn't aware of the photo op that the backup AirForce 1 jet was doing today. But, how could he, NOT know?

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    White House press secretary Gibbs, uhh,uhh,uhh, I don't know, uhh, I don't have any information, uhh,uhh......Well, the Bush administration weren't the only fucks ups running the country.

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    If I lived in NY I would have been shitting my pants too just by watching that video footage. EXTREMELY reminiscent of the famous video of the first plane heading towards WTC on 9/11.

    Of course Obama says he was disappointed. What else is he going to say though, really. He has to maintain his image of Mr. Good Guy.

    I saw him talking about swine flu on the news, this is what he said, "It's not a cause for concern." Alright then.

    If Bush said that, I guarantee you we'd be talking about it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    Then, in a smart-ass, smug comment made by the White House Press Sec, he basically told a reporter that, "THEY, the media" should have told him about this incident, because he wasn't aware that this event even happened. Isn't he the fucking Whitehouse Press sec? Robert L. Gibbs is a shit-fume.
    I do hate to be negative, but that guy really is a piece of work.

    If he is supposed to represent the president, and is the liason between the president and the mass media, then I wonder why he comes off so arrogant?

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    A couple of phone calls to the mayor, the networks, and NYPD is all that was needed.

    Someone with the USAF, and the Whitehouse needs a good old fashoned ass-whooping for being a dipshit. I doubt POTUS was in on the details of this little operation but the airplanes that we call "Air Force One" all fall under the White House perview. That means that someone at the White House approved of a photo-op with the Statue of Liberty in the backround.

    On the bright side, I think its the kick in the pants New York and the country need to be reminded that 9/11/2001 really did happen. It also reminds us that there are still communications problems, and judgement problemsn in Washington at the highest levels.

    Seriously, a couple of phone calls would have made all the difference.
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    Press Secretary's statement was dumb.

    As for Obama not knowing, I can see that. They guy has 1,000,000 things on his plate and can't know everything.

    Although, I'm not even sure if he should or should not know that this was happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    A couple of phone calls to the mayor, the networks, and NYPD is all that was needed.

    Someone with the USAF, and the Whitehouse needs a good old fashoned ass-whooping for being a dipshit. I doubt POTUS was in on the details of this little operation but the airplanes that we call "Air Force One" all fall under the White House perview. That means that someone at the White House approved of a photo-op with the Statue of Liberty in the backround.

    On the bright side, I think its the kick in the pants New York and the country need to be reminded that 9/11/2001 really did happen. It also reminds us that there are still communications problems, and judgement problemsn in Washington at the highest levels.

    Seriously, a couple of phone calls would have made all the difference.
    They reported on the news last night that the NYPD and the Mayors office were both notified. As far as the Mayor goes the word never got to him by his staff.
    It did seem to be an assanine move though. The Airforce really should have notified the news media a week in advance so they can inform the public that it will be happening and to prepare for it.
    It would be interesting though to know who wanted and who approved the photo op. I can't believe that a picture of AF1 flying over the statue doesn't exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    The Airforce really should have notified the news media a week in advance so they can inform the public that it will be happening and to prepare for it. It would be interesting though to know who wanted and who approved the photo op. I can't believe that a picture of AF1 flying over the statue doesn't exist.
    Specially with photo imaging software available to people these days, more so with those who have the $$$$$$$ to hire the good stuff...

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    Saw this last night and I was like, WTF? I can see Obama not knowing, but that doesn't make it right. As for the Mayor's staff not alerting him, they're just as big a dipshits as the press sec'y.
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    Not informing the general public was about as intelligent as going to a dinner party, dropping your trousers and taking a shit on your cake and calling it "choccy topping".
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    More of our tax dollars hard at work. It's a small fortune to pull those planes out of the hangar, let alone for a simple photo op.
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    More of our tax dollars hard at work. It's a small fortune to pull those planes out of the hangar, let alone for a simple photo op.
    yep.

    I suppose the new york media should have been alerted so they could then tell everyone not to have any sort of post-traumatic stress syndrome flare ups or whatever but the bigger issue here is the reason why they are dragging these plains out, endangering crew and spending all that freaking money being wasted but hey...with a 3.2 TRILLION dollar budget, I guess there's room for crap like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    Not informing the general public was about as intelligent as going to a dinner party, dropping your trousers and taking a shit on your cake and calling it "choccy topping".

    Perfect. I feel the same way.

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