Forget the sheer stupidity of the White House ordering a backup Air Force One to buzz Manhattan. Forget the delayed but “furious” response by Obama. Look instead at what this little fiasco cost. More than $60,000 an hour just for the big airplane involved – even more when the two F-16 fighters are factored in.
CBS 2 HD has discovered the feds will have plenty to question.
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One 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.
In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration’s James Johnston said the agency was aware of “the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes” in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor’s office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out.
The Best and the Brightest. A gift that just keeps giving to America. Or costing America if you are paying attention. Every, single dime of the cost of that little jaunt was money taken from American taxpayers – so the White House could have pretty postcards that could have been created with about of $100 (or much less) worth of photo editing software.
My prediction: Louis Caldera will very soon “decide” he needs to spend more time with his family and “resign.” (As I wrote last night.
But Obama, if he was smart rather than clever, would have publicly fired Caldera on the spot after learning of the monumental stupidity. Now he simply looks like he is covering his tail.
Meanwhile, taxpayers are out some amount of money north of $100,000 – for postcards (that will never see the light of day, mind you).