Archive for Saturday, May 9, 2009

White House aide resigns over flyover

May 9, 2009


— Well, at least it’s a heck of a photo.

On Friday, the White House released the picture that panicked New York — a spectacular shot of Air Force One soaring majestically past the Statue of Liberty.

The Obama administration also announced the departure under fire of the White House official who authorized the $328,835 photo shoot, which gave the city heart-thumping Sept. 11 flashbacks, enraged local officials and forced the president to condemn the incident.

Barack Obama had nothing to say Friday as the administration released the resignation letter of his top White House military aide.

Louis Caldera said the controversy had made it impossible for him to effectively lead the White House Military Office for Obama. “Moreover, it has become a distraction in the important work you are doing as president,” he said in his letter to Obama.

As former Army Secretary Caldera took the fall for the flyover, the White House put out the findings of an internal investigation that portrayed him as out of the loop in a cycle of missed messages and questionable judgments as plans for the photo shoot proceeded.

Caldera said he didn’t know Air Force One would fly at 1,000 feet during the April 27 photo promotion, according to the investigation findings.


Flap Doodle 8 years, 9 months ago

I expect one of the big-money people behind Barry will throw some bucks to Caldera for taking the fall & letting Mr. Hopenchange off the hook.

classclown 8 years, 9 months ago

A sacrificial lamb. There will be others. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 9 months ago

$328,835 photo shoot.... What recession?

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 9 months ago

Fact of the matter is that it's a new administration. Should the WHMO have thought of this? Yeah. But this is one of those inevitable toe-stubbings that new admins do. By the time they really get on solid footing and know enough not to do things like this anymore, we boot them out and install a new admin.

Who will stub its own toes along the way, relearning the same lessons the previous admin mastered.

beatrice 8 years, 9 months ago

Tom, I think you meant next seven and a half years.

What, Palin is going to unseat Obama? hahahaha

jaywalker 8 years, 9 months ago

Thinking out loud,

I agree it's akin to a rookie mistake, and I don't heap this all on BO, if any at all, really. But when you see the shots of that sucker and how low he was, even the pilot should have questioned the manuever. The complete idiocy of that whole thing is staggering.
Caldera was doomed 2 minutes after this came out, not much of a call, bozo.

LiberalDude 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad Obama put the hammer down and forced him to resign. Caldera made a series of huge mistakes. Wasn't Caldera a Republican holdover from Bush?

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 9 months ago

No disagreement, jaywalker. I was just thinking out loud.

notajayhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

"Looks I called this one right."

Talk much?

Which part, exactly, did you call 'right,' boohoozo?

The part where you said "this was a Pentagon operation, not a White House operation":

The part where you tried to blame it on Bush:

The part where you referred to the head of the White House Military Office as "pretty much the president's butler":

I especially like how you thought this such a "minor incident," a judgment I'm sure was shared by those who actually live and work in NYC (or for that matter, outside of mommy's basement in Lawrence). Nice that you don't want to get 'apoplectic' - I would have loved to have seen herr klowne's screaming for Congressional investigations, impeachments, imprisonments, etc., if a similar 'photo-op' had been authorized with a couple of F-18's doing a low level pass over the peace-loving folks in Baghdad. But then, boohoozo has made it plain for years that he could care less about what happens to Americans, only for what happens to those who hate America.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

What's the matter, nota, did you get tired of kicking the dog and beating the kids?

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