Wednesday, April 29, 2009

NYC Flyover: Who Knew and Who Wasn't Told?

"Furious" Obama Apologizes: "It Will Never Happen Again"

It is good of the media to label the emotions of President Obama for us readers that may not be able to interpret them for ourselves.

Funny thing is though, the flyover was ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs. Now I could be wrong, but isn't that Office part of the Executive Office of the President? And isn't the EOP overseen by the Chief of Staff, in this case Rahm Emanuel?

"Overseen by the White House Chief of Staff, the EOP has traditionally been home to many of the President’s closest advisors.

The following entities exist within the Executive Office of the President:

Council of Economic Advisers
Council on Environmental Quality
Council on Women and Girls
Domestic Policy Council
National Economic Council
National Security Council
Office of Administration
Office of Management and Budget
Office of National AIDS Policy
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Office of the United States Trade Representative
President's Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
White House Military Office
White House Office" (EOP)

If this is correct, then is it safe to assume that the President was more than likely briefed on the flyover? Furious may not then be the proper emotion, but possibly more appropriate would be contrite and apologetic. Was he somehow let off the hook by the media that really didn't pursue this event for the abomination that it was. More of a one day wonder.

How About This?

"FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic"

"...Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and a 747 from the presidential fleet to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.

In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD, the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of "the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes" in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out..."(WCBSTV)

This event shows a clear lack of understanding of the ramifications of actions by this White House!


  1. His screaming masses still view him through rose-colored glasses, so even if he DID admit to knowing, he would still be A-OK in the eyes of the throngs of his "people" since he can do no wrong.

    There's a big friggin stank coming off W-DC, and they need to feel the power of some proverbial fire hoses.

    Every last one of 'em.

  2. There will be more fuel for his disciples after the speech tonight.

  3. "If this is correct, then is it safe to assume that the President was more than likely briefed on the flyover?"

    No. Just because an action takes place from an office within the White House does not mean the president was told about it. It's a big place with many decisions being made at levels below the president and his chief of staff.

  4. Convenient to say, but given some of the other faux pas that have come out of this White House, hard to believe no one ran this by him.

    Plausible deniability.