Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Apparently, the White House military office knew that the flyover of the President's plane in New York airspace might cause panic. Yet, it demanded secrecy anyway. One can only guess what they were thinking. There were so many wrongfooted steps in the decision process that a PR person couldn't have been involved, or if there was, that individual should be benched -- permanently. There was no great need for a photo of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background, especially at $60,000 an hour to fly the plane. If a corporation had pulled this stunt with a company airplane, the CEO would be handed his walking papers. In the government, it looks as if an apology will suffice.