Could you possibly ask for more eloquent proof that President Obama is a consummate 9/10 Democrat — or at least that he has a bunch of them working for him — than Air Force One's buzzing New Yorkers without even informing the mayor, let alone the panicked populace itself?
The White House has since said "Sorry, we were trying for something iconic."
Yeah. Iconic. Dudes. About that. I really, really, really think you succeeded.
How did that planning session go?
"I want a picture."Everybody's scrambling to distance Obama from the photo-op, and he may not have been directly connected to it. The ever-popular "unidentified source" has said that President Obama was actually furious about the flight. Maybe he had nothing to do with it, beyond hiring people of that mindset and not being serious about that whole War on Terror thingie. We'll never know.
"Sure, we can do a picture. What kind of picture?"
"Oh, I don't know... something... something iconic."
"Iconic is good. How about Air Force One? That's iconic."
"Oh yeah, yeah, that's a great idea. We'll fly Air Force one... and an escort...."
"Really low — over New York City!"
"Um, New York City?"
"Yeah! Why not? They love me there!"
"Uh, well, well yeah! That's genius!"
Whatever President Obama was, though, Mayor Bloomberg was furious.
Ever looking for a bright side, one of the National Review Corner's readers asked a good question:
Several writers on NRO have mentioned that the Obama administration is returning to a Sept 10 mindset. I guess the flyover is proof of that. But if they’re going to go back in time, how about letting us wear our shoes through airport screening?One of the Instapundit readers made this observation:
The WSJ reports: "Updates with sources saying White House plans for a second photo shoot in Washington, D.C. being reconsidered."
Scare the [stuffing] out of a known terrorist . . . . . it’s torture
Scare the [stuffing] out of thousands of New Yorkers . . . . . . . it’s a photo op.
Here's a good term for it. "Felony stupidity."