Threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor's Office If Secret Ever Got Out
Furious Obama Apologizes: "It Will Never Happen Again"
NEW YORK (CBS) ― A furious President Barack Obama ordered an internal review of Monday's low-flying photo op over the Statue of Liberty.
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.
To say that it should not be made public knowing that it might scare people it's just confounding," Sen. Charles Schumer said.
"It's what gives Washington and government a bad name. It's sheer stupidity."
The flyover -- apparently ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background -- had President Obama seeing red.
He ordered a probe and apologized. "It was a mistake. It will never happen again," President Obama said.
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Now I usually don't make comments anymore about these kind of things, but I thought I might raise my hand on this one.......
That's an understatement.
The President went on to say; "It was a mistake," Mr. Obama said before a meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation leaders. "It was something we found out about along with all of you, and it will not happen again."
He found out along with the rest of us?
How can the P.O.T.U.S. not be aware that Air Force Two is being used as a publicity photo-op?
The president must know, at all times, where both Air Force One and Air Force Two are. I am willing to bet that there are major scheduling complexities that have to be worked out for either of those planes to fly at any given time. These planes just don't go up in the air without a major effort on a lot of people's part.
Did the teleprompter let him down again?
How much of a free pass will the mainstream media give Obama on this one without demanding that actions rather than apologies start happening now? What would the press have done if this happened under Bush?
Why would sanctions be threatened against the NYPD, Secret Service, FBI and the Mayors office if the fly-over secret got out?
I have the hardest time believing that Obama knew nothing about this photo-op. More than that, I am willing to bet that only the president of the United States could have given the Ok for this to even happen.
More needs to be done than just make apologies; Obama needs to fire everyone who had their hands on this one to show that he indeed had no knowledge or anything to do with this.
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