Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wolf Blitzer reports cost of Air Force One fly-by

It was $329,000ish, according to the Department of Defense, Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room reported a few moments ago.

Wolf, if you're reading this, send me a direct link.

The military says it was originally a training operation and the photo-op was tacked on. The "hours would have been flown anyway and simply chalked up to a different mission," they say.

Hard to argue with that. NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with a wry look, said the administration has apologized. "Ok. Now is the time to go on," Bloomberg said.

Says my buddy Mike Donila: "I hope that was stimulus money they were using."

From the comments: Keich provides this link to a CBS story:
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and a 747 from the presidential fleet to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.
Does that make them less stupid, or more?


Keich said...

This is slightly worse.


Apparently, they knew it would cause panic and did it anyway.

That's smart.

Lucid Idiocy said...

Keich, I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I've requested the actual pictures taken during this photo op.

The White House press office referred me to the White House photo office, which referred me to the Pentagon, which referred me to the Air Force, which told me to use an automated request system online, which didn't work, which led me to Air Force tech support, which told me to email the request instead.

I did that about a half hour ago.

Nick said...

Glad you are having fun wasting time. Accept the appology and move on.

Keich said...

So exactly who were they taking this photo for, if not the press?

Could it be for campaign purpose:)

Lucid Idiocy said...

Probably to scare Canada.

whatwhatsthescene said...


unless the pics are intended to scare the swine flu.

Nick said...

What campaign exactly Keich? I don't remember this much hoopla over the Mission Accomplished thing, which was for a campaign commercial.

Keich said...

The ever-present media campaign to keep Obama front-page news and protect his cloak of infallibility. Or the photos could be used in the midterm elections next year. Take your pick. But don't be naive enough to think that Obama crowd aren't in constant campaign mode.

Lucid Idiocy said...

"I don't remember this much hoopla over the Mission Accomplished thing"



My favorites are all the 5-year anniversary stories.

whatwhatsthescene said...

"the ever-present media campaign to keep Obama front-page news and protect his cloak of infallibility."

lol, this may be funnier than the idiots who thought the NYC flyover was a good idea.