It is unclear what would be worse, people not understanding the panic it would cause or knowing and doing it anyways. Well, the FAA knew and did it anyways. It gets worse. Somehow they made the leap from 'this is going to totally freak people out' to 'lets make sure to keep this a secret and punish anyone if they tell the public' (http://wcbstv.com/topstories/air.force.one.2.996457.html). Could they really have been so clueless as to think that no one would notice if they were not warned in advance? As uneasy and insensitive as it would have been had they let people know ahead of time, that would have been much preferable to the surprise.
While saying it was a 'Mistake', Obama ordered an investigation (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124093288256863979.html). I still find it hard to believe that no one bothered to let Obama know what was going on. If some 'heads roll' and soon, that would do a lot to convince me.
Here are some more videos of the event.
Videos embedded below. (from http://hotair.com/archives/2009/04/28/postscript-what-should-obamas-next-photo-op-be)
Here is Jon Stewart's take on this.
Video embedded below.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|Mistakes on a Plane|
In my last post on this (linked to at the bottom), I said that a helicopter would have been more appropriate. What I meant was if they wanted a presidential aircraft picture flying over down down NYC they should have gone with Marine One.
Past related post:
Berman Post: 'Air Force One' Buzzes NYC
Update (4/29/2009): More at Berman Post: Why Did 'Air Force One' Buzz NYC.