$328,835 For this Pic of Air Force One Flying over Statue of Liberty … WH Military Office Director Louis Caldera Resigns
Would you pay $328,835 for this picture? Guess what, you did. Your hard earned tax dollars at work.
The White House Photo-op pic is released and so is official blamed for the flyover fiasco.
Say hello and goodbye to Louis Caldera, Barack Obama’s former director of the White House Military Office and the latest to be thrown under the bus, or was it the plane. In the wake of the Scare Force One debacle, the brilliant notion to fly a 747 over Manhattan ala September 11 and scared the living daylights out of NY’ers all in the name of a photo-op, Louis Caldera has resigned.
H/T Michelle Malkin for the Hope & Change Bus
A secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration, Caldera took the fall for the public relations fiasco arising from the April 27 flyover, which was designed to replace a publicity photo of Air Force One flying past Mount Rushmore with a similar shot of Obama’s 747 jumbo jet over the Statue of Liberty.
The photo session cost taxpayers $329,000.
Caldera’s office insisted the flyover was a “classified” mission and should not be disclosed to the public, ensuring that thousands of New Yorkers would be blindsided by an event eerily reminiscent of the 9/11 terror attacks against the Twin Towers.
This is what it looked like from the ground as New Yorkers ran from their office building in horror as flashbacks of September 11 ran through their mind.
The official review of the incident can be read HERE.
Some analysis from Michelle Malkin points out the following:
It does not cover DoD or FAA involvement. The report says “Initial planning” began in “March 2009 or earlier” without specifying who exactly initiated the planning and why. Caldera blames “severe back muscle spasms” and his recent return from a trip to Mexico for his failure to read e-mail concerning the mission. Also: He had a grand total of two email accounts. You can’t expect a crony paper-pusher to keep track of all that!
The White House report blamed “organizational” and “structural ambiguities” for the crony paper-pusher’s incompetence.
Exit question: Who has confidence in an Administration that cannot properly conduct a flyover of Air Force One over a US city in America as opposed to to defending the United States against terrorism? Seriously folks, if something as simple as this gets screwed up and becomes a complete and total fiasco, what happens when the Obama Administration actually has to do and plan something of a more serious nature?