Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The photo-op flyover wasn't such a good idea after all. The White House's Military Office Director, Louis Caldera, who okayed the use of one of the President's two 747's for the event, now apologizes, saying he probably should have realized the effect it would have on a jittery New York. And the President himself is reported to be really annoyed. Here's a link to Mr. Caldera's statement [reproduced below].
"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."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, says he was not notified of the flyover.
Read more here.