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  • Trump was RIGHT about Air Force One: Pentagon budget... more than $4.2 billion

    12/08/2016 3:56:15 PM PST · by pissant · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12.8.16 | Dave Martosko
    tThe Pentagon program that will replace the pair of aging 'Air Force One' planes is already slated to cost $4.265 billion through the year 2021, according to federal budget and procurement documents obtained by That number supports what President-elect Donald Trump said two days ago when he claimed the U.S. Air Force should cancel its order with Boeing because the project's cost had spiraled above $4 billion. 'Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!' Trump tweeted Tuesday. Critics immediately pounced, including...
  • Climate change is a farce and the Obamas just proved it

    03/14/2015 2:01:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 61 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-14-15 | DrJohn
    One gallon of jet fuel burned creates about 19 pounds of C02. A 747 burns about 25,000 pounds of fuel per hour. A round trip from Washington DC to LA would take about 11- 11 1/2 hours. That comes to about 287,000 pounds of fuel. And that results in the production of about 5,462,500 pounds of CO2. A 757 burns about 6,000 pounds of jet fuel per hour. A similar round trip to LA would burn about 69,000 pounds of fuel and create about 1,310,000 pounds of CO2. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama both traveled to Los Angeles on the...
  • Under Obama, Air Force One cost per hour jumps 27% to $228,288 [Lecture Today on Global Warming]

    09/23/2014 8:22:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard
    The president spent over $7.3 million on just three trips in 2013, including $2.1 million to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in August, according to new flight documents provided by the Air Force to a public watchdog group.
  • Filipinos battle with police over scheduled Obama’s visit (And Japan, South Korea and Malaysia)

    03/01/2014 3:18:08 PM PST · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Arab News ^ | 26 February 2014 4:41 am
    MANILA, Philippines: Police clashed briefly in the Philippine capital Tuesday with about 300 protesters opposed to a planned visit by President Barack Obama and the continued US military presence in the country. Riot police across a road from the US Embassy were pushed back by the demonstrators, prompting the police to retaliate with truncheons. ... No arrests were made and there were no serious injuries. About 500 American soldiers are based in the south where they have been providing Philippine troops anti-terrorism training since 2002. Protesters say their presence violates Philippine sovereignty. The Philippine Constitution allows foreign military bases only...
  • Louis Caldera Joins Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow (Responsible for AF-1 NYC flyover)

    06/11/2009 4:28:19 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 691+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 11, 2009 | Michael Coleman
    Former University of New Mexico President Louis Caldera - who resigned as director of the White House Military Office last month following an Air Force One photo op gone wrong - has a new gig. The Center for American Progress, a self-described "progressive" think tank founded by John Podesta, a former chief-of-staff to President Clinton, has hired Caldera to work on higher education and national security issues. Caldera, a former U.S. Army secretary, will make a strong addition to the staff, Podesta said.
  • Reporter Dragged Kicking and Screaming From Near Air Force One (great photo... lol)

    05/28/2009 12:37:44 PM PDT · by xtinct · 203 replies · 13,157+ views
    NBC/LA News ^ | 5/28/09 | Christina Hoag
    A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday. Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal. She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon and said she has White House press credentials. The newspaper's Web site says it is monthly publication a Brenda Lee column is posted on it. Calls to the newspaper and the White House press office...
  • SCALP NO. 1 IN FLYOVER FLAP (sicko-megalos in a power-mad WH)

    05/11/2009 3:31:16 AM PDT · by Liz · 43 replies · 3,064+ views
    NY POST ^ | 5/11/09 | EDITORIAL the wake of the incredibly stupid photo op flyover Lower Manhattan, Obama accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera, WH Military Office director (former secy of the Army). As government foul-ups go, this one was pretty monumental. ....the incident cost taxpayers $357,00 and panicked 1000's of New Yorkers haunted by 9/11.......but who came up with the nutty idea? The Pentagon is undertaking a review -- Deputy White House COS Jim Messina says he didn't know until the flyover had taken place......where should the buck stop? Alas, that remains a mystery.
  • Military Office Director Resigns in Wake of New York Fly-by

    05/08/2009 5:04:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies · 1,572+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – The director of the White House Military Office has submitted his resignation in the wake of an April 27 aerial photo shoot with a presidential aircraft over New York City. Louis Caldera, who served as secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration, resigned his office effective May 22. “I have concluded that the controversy surrounding the Presidential Airlift Group’s aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible to effectively lead the White House Military Office,” Caldera wrote in his letter of resignation. President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation, White House...
  • What the Air Force 1 "photo op" means

    04/29/2009 2:56:53 PM PDT · by Coachm · 15 replies · 885+ views
    Ok, I'm going to get ribbed for this but I have a thought on the AF1 thing the other day over NYC. Using AF1 (symbol of the most powerful man on the planet) with fighter escort (most advanced/powerful airborne weapon on the planet) to mock the American people in NYC was BO's way of showing his "friends" (and those he bows to) that he is one of them. Feel free to tell me I'm way off.
  • New York City Flyover Photo Flop Triggers Recriminations

    04/28/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 59 replies · 2,046+ views ^ | 4/28/2009
    A photo-op over the Manhattan skyline that sent thousands of New Yorkers running for their lives has officials in Washington, D.C., running for cover. Many New Yorkers on Tuesday were asking what the Obama administration could have been thinking when it authorized an Air Force One backup plane to fly over the city for photos capturing the presidential plane with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The 747 plane, with an F-16 escort following close behind, circled the Statue of Liberty and the skyline near the World Trade Center site for about a half-hour. Offices were evacuated. Emergency call...
  • Plane stupid: Mayor Bloomberg outraged over military photo-op

    04/28/2009 5:38:00 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 15 replies · 1,160+ views
    Just plane dumb. A perfect storm of idiocy led to a frightening 9/11 flashback for thousands of New Yorkers Monday when a jumbo jet and an F-16 fighter jet buzzed lower Manhattan without warning. A "furious" Mayor Bloomberg denounced the dunces who dreamed up the stunt - and the NYPD officials and bureaucrats who never told him about it. By day's end, an obscure City Hall deputy named Marc Mugnos, who makes $60,000 a year, was taking the fall for not telling Bloomberg that the low-flying planes were coming. He was reprimanded. But there was plenty of blame to go...
  • White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover

    04/27/2009 2:36:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 514 replies · 22,562+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | A. G. Sulzberger and Matthew L. Wald
    An Air Force One lookalike, the backup plane for the one regularly used by the president, flew low over parts of New York and New Jersey on Monday morning, accompanied by two F-16 fighters, so Air Force photographers could take pictures high above the New York harbor. But the exercise — conducted without any notification to the public — caused momentary panic in some quarters and led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City. By the afternoon, the situation had turned into a political fuse box, with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg saying that he was...
  • New York panicked by presidential planes

    04/27/2009 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 43 replies · 1,800+ views
    AFP via ^ | April 27,2009
    ONE of President Barack Obama's planes, escorted by two fighter jets, spread panic Monday flying low over New York, triggering office evacuations in the city still scarred by the 9/11 attacks. But the low-flying planes which buzzed parts of southern Manhattan and the Hudson River for about 30 minutes were just out for a Pentagon exercise. "The presidential airlift group conducted an aerial photo in the New York city area today,'' said US Air Force spokesman Major Richard Johnson. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called the maneuver a "photo op.'' "The Defence Department is conducting a photo op that involves...
  • Air Force One at Daytona - Caption this cool picture!

    02/15/2004 5:34:42 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 259 replies · 812+ views
    AP | February 15, 2004 | AP
    Air Force One rises above the grandstands along the super stretch at Daytona International Speedway while taking off during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb.15, 2004, in Daytona Beach, Fla. President Bush arrived before the race, talked with drivers and gave the command for drivers to start their engines before watching the race.
  • Missile fiend hero-worshipped Bin Laden

    08/13/2003 9:02:21 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 398+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 08/14/03 | BRIAN FLYNN and NICK PARKER
    Nicked ... emotionless Lakhani arrives at court THE British arms dealer seized over a US terror plot hero-worshipped Osama Bin Laden.Hemant Lakhani, 68, tried to supply missiles for a blitz on the scale of the September 11 attacks.He spoke of a bid to shoot down a plane on the anniversary of 9/11.Lakhani hated the US and was hell-bent on killing Americans, prosecutors said last night.The arms dealer believed terror leader Osama Bin Laden “did something right and set the Americans straight” when he orchestrated the September 11 attacks.And he was ready to help extremists unleash a new wave of terror....
  • How they pulled off the President's holiday surprise

    11/28/2003 10:15:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 277+ views
    The Age ^ | November 29, 2003
    Plans for George Bush's visit to Iraq were known by only a few. Mike Allen reports from Baghdad. As George Bush's plane, Air Force One, headed under a false call sign for its unannounced landing in Iraq, the Boeing 747 passed within sight of a British Airways pilot who radioed: "Did I just see Air Force One?" "Gulfstream 5," replied Mr Bush's pilot, Colonel Mark Tillman. As one of Mr Bush's aides recounted, the British Airways pilot seemed to sense that he was in on a secret and replied archly: "Oh." The trip, aimed at boosting soldiers' morale and steadying...
  • CA Fires Continue to Threaten Reagan's AF1

    10/27/2003 10:10:48 AM PST · by jriemer · 4 replies · 198+ views
    AP ^ | 10/26/03 | AP
    From the AP - "Ventura County firefighters protect the fusilage of Air Force One (used during Ronal Regan's (sic) term as President) as smoke passes overhead at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, right, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, in Simi Valley, Calif. The fire has destroyed several homes and burned more than 45,000 acres." At last word, firefighters are still protecting this symbol of President Reagan's term of office from destruction by fire. God bless these men and women regardless of their political persuasion. Note - AP cannot seem to speel the name of the greatest President the...
  • Air Force One Equipment Lacking on Sept. 11, 2001

    10/24/2002 6:31:22 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies · 305+ views
    Air Force One Equipment Lacking on Sept. 11, 2001 Oct. 24 — NEW YORK (Reuters) - While President Bush was on board Air Force One the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he was unable to hold video conferences, monitor news coverage properly or receive key data from people on the ground, Business Week reported in its latest edition. The magazine said that as a result of communications inadequacies on the presidential plane, Bush ordered the equipment on the fleet of four presidential planes to be upgraded. "The president was not happy," Adm. James Ellis Jr., commander of the...