Obama Administration: Air Force One Photo Op Over Manhattan Triggers Panic … How Ignorant Can They Be?



Who needs a “war on terror” when we have people in the Obama Administration who are just “plane” stupid. 

A perfect storm of idiocy led to a frightening 9/11 flashback for thousands of New Yorkers Monday when a jumbo jet and an F-16 fighter jet buzzed lower Manhattan without warning.

On September 11, 2001 not one, but two planes hijacked by Muslim Islamofascists terrorists flew into the World Trader Center Twin Towers and brought them down. An incident that left an indelible mark in the history of the Unites States as on that day, September 11, over 3000 innocent people lost their lives in this terrorist attack. A point in history that Obama’s folks seem to have forgotten. One might imagine that New Yorkers get a little nervous when a plane flies what is perceived to be too low over Manhattan, NY as they harken back to that fateful morning.

911 plane

September 11, 2001

Flash-forward to the Obama Administration and these brilliant wizards who think it is perfectly acceptable to do a fly over of NYC in the area around Ground Zero this morning. Needly to say, NYC Mayor Bloomberg was furious and many residents became frightened triggering memories of 9-11 as many evacuated their offices. Let’s guess the Obama spin, they were just making sure NYC was prepared for another terrorist plane attack by flying a plane low near Ground Zero.


Over the course of a half-hour starting at 10 a.m, the plane flew low over the city and near the Statue of Liberty (4/27/09).

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is “furious” over a Department of Defense low-altitude fly over of NYC in the area around Ground Zero this morning, calling it “ill-conceived” and a “waste of taxpayers’ money.”

A photo shoot involving a 747 used as Air Force One and one fighter jet flying at low altitude led to hundreds of frightened calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan this morning, triggering memories of 9-11 as many evacuated their offices. The president was not aboard.

A Photo op? This was done for a photo-op!!! Not only are your hard earned tax paying dollars being used for this ridiculous nonsense, but these people thought buzzing Manhattan was some how appropriate in a post 9–11 world.

The White House at first denied knowing what was going on. That was until officials said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks.

White House apologizes for Fly over

White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera issued a brief statement saying he was too blame.

“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” he said. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, its clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

Michelle Malkin writes that according to some reports Barack Obama was furious was well with the fly over; however, this is the same president who sat through an anti-American diatribe by Daniel Ortega without batting an eye.

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  • Comments

    32 Responses to “Obama Administration: Air Force One Photo Op Over Manhattan Triggers Panic … How Ignorant Can They Be?”

    1. Scared Monkeys on April 27th, 2009 11:46 pm

      Shake hands with dictators and yuk it up with our enemies and yet the Obama Admin does not think that flying a plane low over Manhattan is not an issue.

      These people are not only rank armatures, they are dangerous rank amateurs.

      How stupid could one possibly be?


    2. rightknight on April 28th, 2009 1:07 am

      Wheeeeee……hey Mr. Pilot, take me down to where
      that HERO landed his plane so I can see how it feels.
      Everybody will see us and be very proud of me for
      being so brave. Wish my real daddy could see me
      now! Gee whiz, it’s really fun to be the King….er..
      President that is, after all, I WON! Hey, look at all
      the little people running for their lives….they look
      like ants.

    3. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 1:31 am

      gotto love them bureaucrats

    4. Marie on April 28th, 2009 2:51 am

      I wasn’t aware this site was political. I come here to simply keep updated on criminal cases…not have right-wing political views shoved down my throat.
      SM: You are free to read where ever you want. Right wing views??? You think that a stupid move like this is a right wing view? You liberals need to wake the hell up and put the Kool-Aide down.

      I got news for you toots, the people who were frightened to death in NYC were not right wing Republicans.

      Get a clue.

    5. Greg on April 28th, 2009 3:34 am

      My cousin lives in Manhattan near the trade center.
      She almost had a heart attack as the jumbo jet and an F-16 fighter jet buzzed bye her window. As a tax payer I feel President Obama needs to pay for this photo opt out of his pocket. Instead of my pocket. The tax payers pockets!

    6. Ray on April 28th, 2009 3:39 am

      From watching TV and the LAST election I thought they had forgotten about 911. Maybe I was wrong. If the thought of an attack is so scary why did they VOTE for OBAMA.

    7. caesu on April 28th, 2009 6:03 am

      A White House official told ABC News that President Obama was “furious” to hear about the plane incident. Caldera was called into a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina.

      SM: Way to rea the post as we mentioned the same quote in the article.

      So much for the buck stopping with the President.

      All you Left Wing Apologists … I can only imagine what all of you would be saying if GWB did this. Oh that’s right, he wouldn’t and didn’t.

      As much as it hurts you liberals, sometimes you need to call this White House’s actions for what they are … a colossal FU.

    8. St Stephen on April 28th, 2009 6:10 am

      During these high tech times one could easily use computer generated graphics and animation to make it appear that the plane was flying low over the island as just as realistically, so there was really no need to have it done physically at all.

    9. Doug on April 28th, 2009 6:35 am

      What on earth is an “islamofascist?” Fascism’s hallmark was the combination of state and corporate interests, along with strict societal control. Did Al Quaeda have corporate aspirations beyond bin Laden’s family’s associations with Bush Sr.’s Carlysle group?

      Just curious.

      SM: Please do a google search, the term has been around for years. No more association than with Barrack Hussein Obama I guess.

    10. ahrcanum on April 28th, 2009 6:40 am

      The last comment is right on the money! Between the FBI,DHS,DOD,CIA,and any other gov’t 3 letter agency, apparently no one thought to use photoshop if it was so important.

      FYI Admin- no less than 10 make that 12 pop up ads were blocked while visiting here. kinda odd to have so many.

    11. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 6:50 am

      the Obama admin informed the NYC admin that this was going to take place.

      NYC admin didn’t inform the citizens

      who’s fault is it then?
      SM: It should never have been asked for in the first place. Also, the WH peons are taking responsibility.


    12. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 6:51 am

      but I agree a bit with Red

      somebody made a big FU
      SM: Dolf, I may have to frame this comment of your and hang it on my wall. You agreed with Red ;)

      Welcome to the correct form of thinking. :)

    13. SUPER DAVE on April 28th, 2009 6:54 am

      these lefties are slowly but surely turning on their chosen one. he is only outraged because it caused an uproar.
      if they can look at robert gibbs and truthfully say that they trust him, they have a very serious problem.
      there’s room on the right side for all you lefties. maybe !

    14. scott on April 28th, 2009 7:06 am

      It just goes to show the arrogance of this administration and it starts with the head man in charge!

      “Furious” my a$$!


    15. SUPER DAVE on April 28th, 2009 7:14 am

      and i take it that obi wan to be president didn’t know anything about this. and the lying robert gibbs is sickening in the way he gives his shit eating grin when he lies through his teeth.

    16. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 7:52 am

      a bit Red just a bit ;p

    17. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 8:07 am

      and I don’t always agree with his believes, but I also believe that when somebody states the truth, he should be credited for it.

    18. kitty on April 28th, 2009 8:11 am

      I’m not buying the B.S. for one minute ~ and am feeling very sinister as I type this… an Air Force one plane for a photo op? I feel there’s more to this story and the kabosh’s been put on it ~

      My brother in law was a block away at ground zero,on 9/11~ he’s still affected to this day~ we lost a friend in the first plane into the tower and then, a neighbor on the other plane…into the other tower… what horrors and there are no words to express sympathy to the families who lost their loved ones to this act of terrorism.

      What an outrageous thing to do ~ with today’s photo opting being able to edit photography, do you think this plane needed to fly low over the statue of liberty?… you’ve got to be kidding me… and with today’s technology, couldn’t Obama have said… today, we’re flying a plane low over NYC, with an Air Force One and an F15… just for sh**ts and giggles… oops, sorry…

      New Yorkers should be very upset and I’m really disgusted with this administration and that is beyond dum ~ dum stoopid… dumb!

      a pseudo act of terror(ism)… wow… unbelievable!

    19. Michelle Smith on April 28th, 2009 8:52 am

      OMG! How stupid can this administration be? And please don’t start with the b.s. that he didn’t know and he was outraged. The left always blamed Bush for everything that happened under his watch, remember, he was President so he had to know what was going on. Same holds true for this President, he knew what was going on and the only reason he claims he was outraged is because people are upset about it.


      This is not funny, this is atrocious. Who could possibly think that a stunt like this would be okay?

      GOD help us, we are in big trouble with this administration.

    20. Scare Force One or is it Air Force Dumb? Obama Admin Scares NYC in 9-11 Terror Type Flyover | Scared Monkeys on April 28th, 2009 9:20 am

      [...] What was Team Obama thinking? Take a good look for yourself and watch the reaction of panicked New Yorkers as they fled from their office buildings yesterday as they were being evacuated. Before anyone thinks this is political piece against Obama all may want to first consider that Manhattan overwhelmingly voted for Obama and the people fleeing in terror with visions of September 11, 2001 running through their minds most likely did not vote for John McCain [...]

    21. caesu on April 28th, 2009 9:47 am


      you wrote:
      “Obama Admin does not think that flying a plane low over Manhattan is not an issue”

      but Obama is furious.

      and yes i agree this is a FU.
      you can frame this one too.

      persons who approved this, or did not pass it on so the public wouldn’t be shocked should be fired.

      and about this photo-op.
      i think instead of flying over it can be photoshopped.
      cheaper and easier to do, nobobody shocked.

    22. tina on April 28th, 2009 10:49 am

      i cannot understand how obama got to have such a high approval rating with stunts like this
      crazy is as crazy does, that should be the theme for this administration
      he should have known better then to try this stunt.

    23. Scott on April 28th, 2009 11:37 am

      Pure BS that the White House informed NY. It’s funny how they are going to lay this in the lap of New York.

      Obama being furious is PURE media PR. This type of stuff fits right into his arrogant personality, which has been potrayed to me by TWO seperate people who have worked with him in a personal fashion.

    24. SUPER DAVE on April 28th, 2009 1:49 pm

      obama is in charge of his pr and he knew what was going on. another lie from the snake. he’s furious because he knows how stupid he really is to think people were going to ignore this.
      arrogance breeds ignorance.

    25. kurt faber on April 28th, 2009 2:50 pm

      What a Joke this empty suit is. The Audacity of Stupidity.

      Kurt Faber

    26. nurturer on April 28th, 2009 3:31 pm

      #6 – EXACTLY.

    27. dj murphy on April 28th, 2009 7:38 pm

      Never have written to a blog or for that matter any internet website…….but this stupidity of flying over NYC in the Air Force One jet…plus two “F whatevers” brings out the anger in me!

      This is not only stupid…but given the reasons for doing it…I would say it is borderline insane! [and we thought Crazy Eddie retired to Israel]

      Can you imagine what the New York Times editorial would print if this was a Bush Administration gaff? Don’t think so. If the editorial page writers do an editorial blasting the “Oh Bama” underlings….I will personally donate $10,000 to the New York Times Neediest cases…..

      I think this is a safe bet!

      p.s. I think Blumberg should fire the idiot who didn’t tell him about the “exercise”….both in the N.Y.P.D. and his “Event” staff director.

    28. dj murphy on April 28th, 2009 7:39 pm

      Sorry Mayor….”Bloomberg” not “Blumberg”!
      dj murphy

    29. Jessica on April 29th, 2009 3:15 pm

      Haven’t seen anything about this in the mainstream media, has anyone else? This is exactly why I think that outlet needs to die. They are so one-sided and seem to be controlled by the Government. I’m so over it, I would much rather get my news from the internet, seems to be more telling of important events that really matter.

    30. What the? on April 29th, 2009 6:46 pm

      like Obama didnt know about this? Give me a break….

    31. YouSAidThaT on April 29th, 2009 9:47 pm

      Come on, the president of the United States isn’t THAT stupid…no way..they could have put the word out to warn people, whatever…but no…this wasn’t something that came from ignorance or stupidity, they knew exactly what they were doing..they WANTED to see the reaction of the people…Wonder why though?????

    32. YouSAidThaT on April 29th, 2009 9:52 pm

      The President IS NOT that stupid or insane…this was a planned fly over !!! Look at all of us bloggers, none to be held in the rank of President, we know that was not right…he knows too…they all did…even the pilots..Why did they want to scare the people and see them scurry like frightened rats…??? That is what all of you should be asking..

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