Head Rolls Over VC-25 NYC Flyover4:30 PM
By now everyone knows about the bungled photo shoot late last month involving low passes over Manhattan by VC-25 – Air Force One when the President is on board – and a couple of fighter jets. The traditional media reported numerous cases of panic in the streets of New York City as people watched in horror as a very large, very ominous jet being "chased" by fighters flew low and slow over their offices and homes. There are numerous Youtube videos up now that show the commotion this flight caused.
On this blog as well as 1,000s of others, we have all agreed that this shot could have been made in Photoshop. It was in fact a pilot training mission as well, so the costs – estimated at about $328,835 – would still have been spent as the crew trained in the same ship but in a different location.
For many, this is not so much about the cost as it is about an obvious lack of good judgment by someone The White House Military Office. And now, CNN and others are reporting that this episode has cost someone their job:
"President Obama has accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office responsible for the controversial low-altitude flyover of New York by a 747 plane used as Air Force One, the White House said Friday."Caldera has – in the usual Washington manner – gone off to spend more time with his family. CNN has Caldera's "official" quote:
"I have concluded that the controversy surrounding the Presidential Airlift Group's aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office," Caldera said in a letter to Obama. "Moreover, it has become a distraction to the important work you are doing as president. After much reflection, I believe it is incumbent on me to tender my resignation and step down as director of the White House Military Office."President Obama was said to be "furious" and for good reason. Any thinking man or woman would have foreseen the possibilities that existed in this mission to open wounds that have not begin to fully heal, even so many years after 09.11.01. So Caldera made the right choice, even though when you read the full CNN article, it appears others were the boneheads who made this incredible poor decision.
Kudos for Caldera for taking the sword for his department, but the actual people who threw this photo shoot together ought to consider going off to, um, spend more time with their families too.
This kind of insensitive crap is so last administration.