Skip to comments.Military Office Director Resigns in Wake of New York Fly-by
Posted on 05/08/2009 5:04:45 PM PDT by SandRat
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 The director of the White House Military Office has submitted his resignation in the wake of an April 27 aerial photo shoot with a presidential aircraft over New York City.
Louis Caldera, who served as secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration, resigned his office effective May 22.
I have concluded that the controversy surrounding the Presidential Airlift Groups aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible to effectively lead the White House Military Office, Caldera wrote in his letter of resignation.
President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
The president has asked his deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates or his designee to jointly review the organizational structure of the White House Military Office and the reporting relationship of its components to the White House and the Air Force, and to make recommendations to him to ensure that such an incident never occurs again, Gibbs said in a written release.
On April 27, a 747-200 aircraft that often carries the president flew over lower New York. An F-16 fighter followed and took photos of the aircraft with iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty in the background. The aircraft flew as low as 1,000 feet, and many New Yorkers believed they were seeing a repeat of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that killed 3,000 people at the World Trade Center.
The flyover caused much consternation on the ground, with many people in Lower Manhattan and across the river in New Jersey evacuating their buildings.
A review of the incident by the White House counsels office found structural and organizational ambiguities within the White House Military Office and urged a comprehensive study of the organization.
BO had no knowledge. Yeah right.
He was expendable. He was probably ordered to allow it..
Did the president manage to keep a straight face while accepting it? Does anyone know?
Under the bus!
Man, it’s crowded under there! What’s the body count up to now? I mean, 0bama threw his own whitey Grandma under there, fer Pete’s Sake!
I still want to know WHO was on that plane. Hugo Chavez? Pelosi? Obama’s Kenyan relatives? Hamas leaders?
The buck stopped there.
Okay Caldera. Time to open up. Who ordered the flyover? Also - who hired Craig Livingstone?
Caldera approved it but he didn’t know about the low level flyover? So who planned it?
Another one under the bus. You got to see this video from ZO. It is hilarious.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1E-V0QHets&feature=channel_page
Under the bus by order of the party.
... they’re gonna’ say tomorro ... “ok, move along here, yhou saw the picture, nothing else to see ... move along”
OK, my theory. Bashir Assad of Syria was the passenger.
Assad was due to arrive in Vienna Sunday for a two-day working visit, during which he was to meet his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer to discuss bilateral economic and cultural issues as well the political challenges in the Middle East and Syrias role in the region.
He was in Europe. We are in final stages of negotiations for the Netanyahu visit to DC. Assad is the problem. The Kenyan SENT Air Force one to fly him here. That, or he came here and got the royal treatment. Secret negotiations, and the Kenyan wants to talk to Muslims before he talks to the Israelis. Thats how he justifies the secret.
Can we account for Obamas and Assads whereabouts on that weekend? This was a monday morning flight. A thank you for a good sunday rappin with a homie?
This is WAY more plausible than Bush I in an SR-71 to Paris.
Bush did it..........
WHO WAS ON THE PLANE? and I would hate to loose my job on a picture that sucks.
The passenger log has to be released.
I guess he’ll have to go back to knee-capping in Chicago.....
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