is the pricetag for the White House’s tragically stupid New York City photo-op according to the Air Force. Check it out:
The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said.
$328,835 for a picture at a time when many Americans are struggling financially, losing their jobs, and being kicked out of their homes. But, as they say in infomercials, that’s not all….
It’s being reported that the Feds were totally aware that the moronic stunt would send New Yorkers straight for the Prozac, but they demanded that the public be kept in the dark and “threatened” to punish the city if there was a leak:
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One 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.
So hundreds of thousands of dollars spent and New York City being threatened by the Feds with sanctions, and it’s all over something being described by the White House as a “picture mission.” And these are supposed to be the smart
h/t to Hube for his concern over this fiasco’s huge carbon footprint, thank goodness someone is thinking about the planet since the Administration obviously isn’t.