Did Obama just call the F-22 a Cold War relic?

For a Republican, Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta was fairly complimentary of President Barack Obama’s big speech last night.

But there were a couple things the president said that make him worry, according to my AJC colleague Bob Keefe in Washington.

First was the mention of a carbon cap-and-trade plan, which Gingrey said would really hurt Georgia — since the state doesn’t produce much in the way of renewable fuels, but is home to big-time coal burning companies like Atlanta-based power company Southern Co.

But what really worries Gingrey was Obama’s line about reforming defense spending “so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use.”

Gingrey and other Georgia members of Congress are pushing hard for the president to keep funding the production of F-22 fighter jets that are assembled in Marietta. Obama is expected to make a decision on F-22 funding on March 1.

Asked if he thought Obama were referring to the F-22, Gingrey said:

“You just don’t know. But that made my stomach tighten up a bit.”

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February 25th, 2009
11:49 am

So, it’s okay “in principle” to cut funding for things we don’t use or need… but not OUR funding for OUR make-work jobs here in OUR state?

Sorry, but that kind of thinking is what leads to pork and earmarks in the first place.


February 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

The F-22 Raptor is NOT make work project, CopyLeft-winger, its about adequate numbers of new combat aircraft for our USAF. The bad guys have not stopped modernizing. The Chinese threaten democracies in the Pacific today with 450+ Flankers, and meanwhile the Russians are blackmailing European democracies with gas cutoffs and their newly modernizing AF/Army. Talk to the people of the Republic of Georgia.
The last 10 CSAFs said we must build 240-380 F-22s and 30+ classified DoD studies validate those minimum numbers. God Bless CM Gingrey, CM Marshall, CM Scott and the others in our GA delegation who have urged the President to keep making the F-22. NOW is NOT the time to cut our military preparedness or modernization. I voted for this President, but that’s when he said he would not cut Defense! If we only focus on finishing current wars we will repeat the mistakes of 1920, 1946, and 1955 and leave ourselves woefully unprepared.