Your morning jolt: Panic in the skies, followed by a Bloomberg political ad

Embarrassing screw ups don’t get much bigger than sending a Barack Obama-less Air Force One and a fighter escort into a quiet blue sky over Ground Zero, creating panic among the Manhattan herds for a mere photo op.

The only thing more egregious were the puns. This from the New York Post:

“Air Farce One” played out over lower Manhattan yesterday — in a terrifyingly bizarre military photo op that sent office workers fleeing from their buildings fearing a new 9/11-type attack….

Although the Air Force had permission for the 10 a.m. flyover, no one bothered to warn the people on the ground, and as the two jets hurtled toward lower Manhattan, many mistook Obama’s plane for Osama’s.

The Daily News focused on groveling apologies from the White House:

Louis Caldera, the director of the White House military office who sent Air Force One and the fighter jet on an “aerial photo mission,” got slammed by an angry President Obama.

“I approved a mission over New York,” Caldera said in a hastily prepared statement. “I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

Obama was not on the flight.

Sources said the chief reason for the panic-inducing flight was to create souvenir pictures of Air Force One flying over the Statue of Liberty to be given out – like a presidential tie clip – to family, friends or supporters.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was outraged. Steamed. Out of control. So angry that he bought a 15-second ad for his re-election campaign to front this Daily News video clip of the flyover:

While you ponder that, consider these articles found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:

  • City of Atlanta fails to respond to embarrassing audit of $1.3 million for job aid.
  • Reservoir in south Fulton County finds itself caught in some crossfire.
  • Sonny Perdue to sign bill requiring fitness test.
  • Slavery mural in state Department of Agriculture building raises eyebrows.
  • Sen. Eric Johnson running for governor, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle exits surgery.
  • More than half of Americans have changed their faith.
  • Some opinion:

  • Jim Wooten says the lottery dilutes middle-class habits.
  • And from elsewhere:

  • NYT: Florida lawmakers keep jobless rules intact, decline $444 million in stimulus money.
  • WSJ: California home sales are up.
  • LAT: Mexican authorities focus attention on a 4-year-old boy and a pig farm.
  • AP: Pakistan expands offensive against Taliban.
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    16 comments Add your comment

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    9:42 am

    Let’s all just download, for free, Emeritus Professor David Ray Griffin’s “The New Pearl Harbor,” and recognize that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Then New Yorkers, who have the capacity to rise up, if they weren’t all focused on ripping off the world from Wall Street, could stop worrying about “planes used as missiles.” Our Defense Establishment has the unerring ability to intercept and down wayward jets, to protect our cities and Our People. It is the People’s failure to understood the knowable truth that is the “penny behind the fuse.” Read the book by a scholar of proven integrity…then hang Bush and Cheney…cast the Beast into the Pit…watch Babylon fall in a day…and live free and prosperously as Americans…again.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    10:08 am

    “understand” obviously…(It is up to us, the People…read the book and know those who deny the truth, the provable truth, are not just stupid. When shown the proof of Bush’s and Cheney’s guilt and they deny it they have committed Misprision of Treason and are evil and traitors against America)

    Death for Treason

    Mark

    April 28th, 2009
    10:28 am

    Will, did we leave our tinfoil hat at home today?

    I was shocked at the coverage on the news last night about how Obama called these people in and “really gave them a good chewing out” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). The level of bias just blows me away…

    SO WHAT!? This was AIR FORCE ONE! This was The President’s plane! This was a freakin’ PHOTO OP!!!??? How BRAIN DEAD can you possibly BE? And these are the folks who are running our country!?

    Oh my God – if Bush had done this, the entire WORLD would have come crashing down on him! People would be screaming for his HEAD on a pike!

    Well it wasn’t Bush, it was The Obama, so we’re all just going to stare at him like mindless zombies, let him smile real big, and blame it on one of his stooges?

    Really?

    Really…

    No, really…

    AMB

    April 28th, 2009
    10:44 am

    I have discovered since the election that I can tell whether to seriously regard a poster’s comments by how quickly he makes up a funny new name for the President.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    11:04 am

    Here’s the link “Mark.” You’ll be able to read this “logic primer” by a PhD, Emeritus Professor of probity, without paying the tens of thousands of dollars in tuition others have had to over the decades at the Claremont School of Theology (about an Emory “level” school in California):

    http://www.angelfire.com/biz/hankramey/The%20New%20Pearl%20Harbor.pdf

    Don’t want to know the proven truth of 9/11’s treason?

    We military and Veterans put our lives at sacrifice when we “step to the line” and enlist. The Oath compels us “defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    In your “opinion,” “Mark,” are all of us expected to only pay attention to “foreign” enemies and not consider the slightest possibility of “domestic” enemies?

    Since the Oath and history includes the reality of domestic enemies, traitors, I admonish to read the free book which, in fact, proves treason by Bush and Cheney.

    Are you too lazy to read the free book?
    Are you a conscious Fifth Column agent? Papist?

    If you don’t read the book you are lazy or a traitor. If you read the book you know Bush and Cheney committed 9/11…then the string unwinds and you might be competent to recognize they’ve gotten away with it this far because their faction also got away with killing the Dotcom Boom, and with killing John Kennedy to send us to die in Vietnam, and with financing Adolf Hitler from the Roman Catholic collection plate in America through Vatican banker Rockfeller…who, with Bush’s forefather, built Big Oil on unredressed murder and arson.

    Start to try to think like America’s Founders or admit you’re an idiot or a traitor.

    AMB

    April 28th, 2009
    11:36 am

    So my choices are:
    Idiot
    Traitor
    Raving Lunatic?

    Think I’ll stick with D;None of the Above.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    12:16 pm

    How about:
    Theologian;
    Scientist;
    Engineer;
    Logician;
    Patriot?

    If you refuse to read the book you are at the very best a dunderhead…and not in a good way.

    Mark

    April 28th, 2009
    1:18 pm

    Will I know it’s very difficult for you to understand – but some folks just really don’t give you, your conspiracy theories, or your recommended reading, any credibility whatsoever no matter how much you rant and rave. I am one of those people.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    1:52 pm

    The author has a PhD and is nationally recognized as a scholar of PROBITY (look it up).

    The download is free and will take a couple hours to read with any modicum of comprehension by an average intellect.

    In it is the proof that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11.

    He, an academic, treats the subject rather gentle, but the truth is easily discerned.

    It takes no sophistication, Mark.

    It’s said “A good carpenter learns something new every day.”

    Your response isn’t “on the level,” “square,” or “true” – assuming you’re an adult American citizen…not that philistines have to give up their citizenship, and there are plenty of them around.

    If you refuse to look at the offered truth, and proudly, your anonymity becomes perfectly understandable.

    Welfare for the Rich

    April 28th, 2009
    7:00 pm

    Will Jones – Atlanta: I do not need anyone telling me that Bushinator and Darth Vader Dick caused/direct result/OIL caused 9/11–The sounds of the buildings falling were sounds of explosion nothing in the Twin Towers would have created the fire/destruction except for detonators–not only that but the second building was not a regular airplane.

    The right extremist republicans always used 9/11 as a fear tactic for those who are ignorant and who only heard about 9/11 thru the eyes of the media but never asked a survivor.

    Pres. Obama administration made a big mistake as for any native New Yorker it can be scary the memory did not fade but should not be resurrected as a Republican campaign tool–this is why I have no respect for Bushinator or the ones who are left. Dick in the Bush will pay for their crimes in H*ll.

    Welfare for the Rich

    April 28th, 2009
    7:03 pm

    Mark: The truth hurts. In 20 years if you are still alive and Bushinator files or opened you will not only hear but see the truth.

    The Twin Towers were detonated not by international terrorist but the domestic terrorist that you put in office.

    Welfare for the Rich

    April 28th, 2009
    7:08 pm

    Will Jones – Atlanta: The Bush administrator made survivors and widowers and their children sign away the truth for “Money”. The “working class” “poor” did not have the monetary backup for their families thus they accepted the cash for silence. Alot walked away as millionaires but at a high price. If you remember the 911 commission and it went nowhere–wonder why?

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    April 28th, 2009
    9:40 pm

    And Max Cleland came out of it a man worthy of the People of Georgia. He will help secure our posterity and bring glory to all of Georgia, if we make him governor next year.

    btw. It won’t be just eternal damnation where Cheney and Bush find their wages of sin, by G-d. America is America for a reason. Even if those who taught us were hypocrites and philistines the truth of the Dream is still true.

    America must be ruled by the sovereign People, under only G-d in Righteousness, by Truth and Justice.

    Let the Devil take the hindmost. Our hindmost, Bush and Cheney, shall be delivered to their god Satan when the gallows’ trapdoors at the Navy Yard breaks along with their necks.

    If we, the G-d fearing People of America, by Creed and Constitution all share that vision after reading “The New Pearl Harbor,” and knowing of their treason, it shall be delivered unto us. You think Bush bought an estate in Paraguay, a sh-thole with no extradition to the U.S., for no reason?

    It is America’s duty to put the fear of G-d in him and in Cheney by putting them on trial, giving their souls a chance to learn, then hanging them, or whatever their Jury determines is fitting punishment for their exposed treason.

    My country doesn’t need their cancer.

    How many good have lost their lives under The Oath following their lies?

    One is too many and they got to pay up, in full, with their lives.

    Will Jones- BatSh!tCrazytown, USA

    April 29th, 2009
    1:30 am

    Welfare for the rich is just a brilliant as I, the professor emeritus of conspiracy bafoonery. POPE BUSH ROME 9/11 was cooked up by Obama so everyone would blame Bush and elect Obama instead of Hillary with her Rockefeller nose.

    WelfarefortheRich

    April 29th, 2009
    10:12 am

    Will Jones- BatSh!tCrazytown, USA : My bank account speaks for itself

    Fred Ryno

    May 3rd, 2009
    9:02 pm

    Hey Willylumplumpjones…you are a real collection. Good thing you have already paid for your ticket to paradise \\ Do. you get paid by the letter or brain wave? Hope it isn’t the latter. Wouldn’t want you to have to stand in line for your next donation. Can you spell American?
    It is ok if you can.t. I had no control over where my past taxes went but every time I read a blog like yours I am more convinced they didn.t go to education. regards looser…