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White House aide Louis Caldera loses job over Manhattan flyover fiasco involving Air Force One
NY Daily News ^ | 5-8-09 | By Kenneth R. Bazinet

Posted on 05/08/2009 1:18:28 PM PDT by Joiseydude

Edited on 05/08/2009 1:29:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON - The White House aide who authorized the controversial Air Force One photo-op flight last week around the Statue of Liberty is out of a job.

President Obama has accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office, the Daily News learned Friday.

A secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration, Caldera took the fall for the public relations fiasco arising from the April 27 flyover, which was designed to replace a publicity photo of Air Force One flying past Mount Rushmore with a similar shot of Obama's 747 jumbo jet over the Statue of Liberty.

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To: Joiseydude
The White House aide who authorized the controversial Air Force One photo-op flight last week around the Statue of Liberty is out of a job.

So where does the buck stop now?

151 posted on 05/08/2009 2:33:12 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: cripplecreek
That'll be $400,000 please.

Obama: "The check is in the mail".

152 posted on 05/08/2009 2:34:35 PM PDT by Joiseydude (Kate Smith - God Bless America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM GREAT visual interpretatio)
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To: Joiseydude

I wonder how many more will be fired before the year is out?


153 posted on 05/08/2009 2:35:17 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: STARWISE

do you get the feeling this is a “ in your face” photo-op?
Looks like Air-Force One is making our precious Statue of Liberty look small and insignificant in proportion to the plane!

Sad anyway you look at it.

Polly


154 posted on 05/08/2009 2:38:43 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 91:4 ...staying cuddled Under His Wings)
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To: Joiseydude

Did we ever find out who was on board the plane?


155 posted on 05/08/2009 2:42:57 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla
Did we ever find out who was on board the plane?

No

156 posted on 05/08/2009 2:44:33 PM PDT by Joiseydude (Kate Smith - God Bless America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM GREAT visual interpretatio)
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To: Joiseydude

On Drudge now: Flight cost as much as $357,000...


      Your tax dollars at work!


157 posted on 05/08/2009 2:45:09 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: Joiseydude
What did Obama know and when did he know it? A resignation is an admittance of guilt from the whole administration.
158 posted on 05/08/2009 2:45:13 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: Joiseydude
OK, he authorized it, but WHO THE HELL REQUESTED IT???
159 posted on 05/08/2009 2:45:20 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: Joiseydude

This is a sham... Obama administration is Incompetent period. America is screwed.


160 posted on 05/08/2009 2:47:10 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama's meme: Resistance is futile you will be assimilated.)
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To: Joiseydude

obama needs to be fired,he doesn’t even know who has the keys to his planes!


161 posted on 05/08/2009 2:49:49 PM PDT by angelcindy (c)
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To: Paladin2
no non-duty personnel or extra passengers, Gates wrote.
162 posted on 05/08/2009 2:51:20 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: Joiseydude

Caldera couldn’t authorize this flight on his own. Obama would have to have sign off.

This really wreaks!

I see Obambo is catching on the the Clinton tactics real fast. Destroy the careers around you. They’re only there for you to walk on their heads anyway.


163 posted on 05/08/2009 2:51:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: Joiseydude

Independent Investigation Please.... There is alot of missing info reagarding this shame. They are sacrificing Caldera to try and brush this away quickly... NEVER... Everyone this needs full accounting from independent source. Obama administration is a bunch of Incompetent LIARS...


164 posted on 05/08/2009 2:52:30 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama's meme: Resistance is futile you will be assimilated.)
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To: bluerose

What we need is leakers, that’s what we need.


165 posted on 05/08/2009 2:52:54 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: Joiseydude

Did anyone get a picture of the chase plane? No way that fighter took that picture.

166 posted on 05/08/2009 2:54:17 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

FOIA the rest of the Pictures... The real ones and FOIA the manifest. Congress should have an independent investigation because you can’t trust anything out of this incompetent administration.

Full Accounting nothing less.


167 posted on 05/08/2009 2:55:09 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama's meme: Resistance is futile you will be assimilated.)
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To: Doe Eyes

Why were they holding up “W”s?


168 posted on 05/08/2009 2:55:26 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: imahawk

>>You knew this was coming.<<

I didn’t think this was coming - I didn’t think they viewed the incident as serious enough to replace Obama’s main military adviser.


169 posted on 05/08/2009 2:56:29 PM PDT by gondramB
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To: ichabod1; a fool in paradise
What we need is leakers, that’s what we need.


170 posted on 05/08/2009 2:56:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: doc11355

>>Context?

Link?
<<

He authorized the flyover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbDXgVXHp4U

Bloomberg and lots of other people freaked out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oQxH9J35T8&feature=response_watch


171 posted on 05/08/2009 2:57:45 PM PDT by gondramB
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To: Revolting cat!
The famous mannikin pis statue.
172 posted on 05/08/2009 2:58:19 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Typical_Whitey

I... Call... For... A... Special Prosecutor... To.. Investigate... What did he know... and when did he know it?????


173 posted on 05/08/2009 3:00:40 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: Joiseydude

Flight cost as much as $357,000...

Hey, Social Security and Medicare recipients:
You should be mad as hell over this!!!

Social Security Benefits Not Expected to Rise in ’10

By ROBERT PEAR, NY Times
Published: May 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than three decades, Social Security recipients will not get any increase in their benefits next year, federal forecasts show.
... snip ...
The forecasts, by the Obama administration and the Congressional Budget Office, indicate that Social Security beneficiaries will not receive any cost-of-living increase in 2010 or in 2011.
... snip ...
A freeze in Social Security benefits would have major implications for Medicare because the COLA, in effect, puts a cap on premiums for Part B of Medicare, which covers doctors’ services.
If there is no cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, about three-fourths of beneficiaries will not see any change in their basic Part B premiums, federal officials said. But some beneficiaries do not have this protection and could face substantial increases in their Part B premiums.
In addition, millions of beneficiaries could see higher premiums for drug coverage, provided under Part D of Medicare. ...

174 posted on 05/08/2009 3:01:26 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: perchprism; Joiseydude; Northern Yankee; MayflowerMadam
Since Caldera approved Barry Soetero's request, they should both resign now.

HF

175 posted on 05/08/2009 3:09:45 PM PDT by holden
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To: ichabod1
I... Call... For... A... Special Prosecutor... To.. Investigate... What did he know... and when did he know it?????

YELP! The cover-up will do him in!

176 posted on 05/08/2009 3:16:40 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: STARWISE

Is that the presidential carriage taking a $328K crap on the Statue of Liberty, or is it "bombs away?"

What an uninspired, lousy shot setup!

HF

177 posted on 05/08/2009 3:17:51 PM PDT by holden
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To: Joiseydude

Another one unda da bus, hay!


178 posted on 05/08/2009 3:23:13 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Spay or Neuter your liberal today!)
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To: The Toll

NO PLANE SHADOW ON GROUND IN PICTURE. Sunlight is behind and above the photographer.


179 posted on 05/08/2009 3:26:09 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (Roark, Architect.)
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To: perchprism

he’s taking the proverbial bullet for “the one”. you simply do not authorize something like this without approval from up the line..


180 posted on 05/08/2009 3:33:21 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Joiseydude

Throwing this one corrupt flunky under the bus - isn’t enough..

More than this jerk had to be involved - and there must be more to the story that a “photo shoot”...

One simply doesn’t put the President’s planes in motion without a WHOLE lot of bureaucratic REMFs signing off.


181 posted on 05/08/2009 3:34:33 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Gorzaloon
NO PLANE SHADOW ON GROUND IN PICTURE. Sunlight is behind and above the photographer.

AND.....

.....the shot with the Statue of Liberty does not explain buzzing "Ground Zero".

182 posted on 05/08/2009 3:34:35 PM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: STARWISE

Did you see the ‘photo’? LOL..You can barely see the Statue of Liberty. If it’s not fake....they sure had a crappy photographer! We deserve our money back!!


183 posted on 05/08/2009 3:37:44 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: SteamShovel
AND.....

.....the shot with the Statue of Liberty does not explain buzzing "Ground Zero".

And the scenery is not blurred by the jet exhaust.

We have all flown on commercial planes, and in many lighting situations, it is fun to watch the plane's shadow on approach. At 1000 AGL there should be a shadow on a bright hazy day.

(Just being a good sport and letting them hastily open PhotoShop for another pass.) They'll get it right next time.

184 posted on 05/08/2009 3:44:43 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (Roark, Architect.)
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To: Joiseydude

How much did they pay him? I want to know who was on that plane. There is a BIG cover up going on here. No aide can authorize that.


185 posted on 05/08/2009 3:51:15 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: STARWISE

Does anyone know how long his speech was that day? Wonder how we can find out? I still wonder if Obama was on the plane. Or perhaps Joe Biden.


186 posted on 05/08/2009 3:52:04 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: holden
That's not the shot that is on Drudge. This is the shot! All of the pictures keep putting the statue closer than the official one. The media playing games?
187 posted on 05/08/2009 3:56:03 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Northern Yankee
I'm not sure the President has to approve but you can bet the WH Chief of Staff has to give the OK that it will not be needed.
188 posted on 05/08/2009 3:56:05 PM PDT by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers wonÂ’t support.)
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To: holden; STARWISE; All

Looks like the NYT has tried to improve on the official photo folks! UNBELIEVABLE!!


189 posted on 05/08/2009 3:57:38 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: pollywog
I am not a photographer, but how can everything in that picture be in focus both near and far?
190 posted on 05/08/2009 4:02:32 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (I'd rather the world hate us then laugh at us)
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To: STARWISE

It IS a nice looking photo, but should never have been contemplated after 9/11. The whole scheme was carried due arrogance, not ignorance.


191 posted on 05/08/2009 4:03:34 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Joiseydude

“The wheels on the bus go thump, thump, thump...........”


192 posted on 05/08/2009 4:03:50 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: gondramB
Anything to deflect criticism from dear leader dontchaknow
193 posted on 05/08/2009 4:03:55 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Abathar

...on another note, how can we be sure the photo was even taken in April of THIS year?


194 posted on 05/08/2009 4:04:48 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Gorzaloon

Is that a shadow behind the SOL on the ground behind her?


195 posted on 05/08/2009 4:07:33 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (I'd rather the world hate us then laugh at us)
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To: pollywog

>Looks like Air-Force One is making our precious Statue of Liberty look small and insignificant in proportion to the plane!<

Something was bugging me about it, but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

I think you nailed it.


196 posted on 05/08/2009 4:12:17 PM PDT by Califreak ("Could Zero be the Walkin' Dude?")
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To: demsux

Slash before “s” — /s


197 posted on 05/08/2009 4:13:15 PM PDT by Misterioso (The emperor has no brain.)
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To: Joiseydude

There’s something about this flight that they definitely don’t want to reveal.


198 posted on 05/08/2009 4:15:37 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (A fine head of hair lends beauty to a handsome face, and terror to an ugly one.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

I want to hear the cockpit voice recorder, I wonder what the pilots were talking about while all of this was going on. I’m sure they knew who was on the plane.


199 posted on 05/08/2009 4:17:12 PM PDT by Ainast
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To: penelopesire
I'll say .. it stinks. What was the pressing need ? I think it was a fake junket for some of his bigwigs. Here's a well-done photo.


200 posted on 05/08/2009 4:17:22 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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