2 Panic and Horror: Air Force One Over NY City(more footage)
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THE Most Inexperienced President Ever :AF1 strafes New Yorkers with fear and terror. Take that peasants.
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Obama's White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera apologized for any panic caused by a flight mission and photo-op that looked like Air Force One and fighter jets heading toward the New York City skyline Monday morning [04-27-09].
The WHMO Director said he approved the mission last week and that federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey.
But for people who work in the New York financial district, the event brought back nightmares of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Numerous buildings in lower Manhattan evacuated in a panic during this morning's false alarm.
"It's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused," Caldera said in a White House issued paper statement.
The plane that flew in New York Monday was a VC-25 — the military's version of a Boeing 747, with state-of-the-art communication and electronic equipment — that's called Air Force One when the president is aboard.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the photo opportunity for being insensitive and showing "poor judgment."
Bloomberg said the flyover so close to the World Trade Center site was insensitive, adding that he's furious that the NYPD and another city agency were notified last week, but didn't tell him. If he had known, Bloomberg said he would have tried to stop it.
In a brief statement after the flight, the New York Police Department acknowledged it was aware the flight was happening, but claimed the Federal Aviation Administration told them not to talk about it.
"The flight of a VC-25 aircraft and F-16 fighters this morning was authorized by the FAA for the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it but to direct any inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator," the statement said.
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