It’s Time For A Congressional Investigation Of Obama’s 9/11 Photo Op

Obama’s Live Action Recreation Of 9/11 In New York yesterday has gotten even more bizarre with revelation that the FAA knew beforehand that the flight would cause a 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.

“To say that it should not be made public knowing that it might scare people it’s just confounding,” Sen. Charles Schumer said. “It’s what gives Washington and government a bad name. It’s sheer stupidity.”

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The flyover — apparently ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background — had President Obama seeing red. He ordered a probe and apologized.”

So, let’s see if we have this straight: the White House had a Presidential jet zoom New York, including Ground Zero. Despite the fact that they realized people might think another terrorist attack was occurring, they “demanded total secrecy.” The cost was $328,835 and the publicly stated reason for this insanity was so they could have “souvenir photos of Air Force One.”

Now, where the government is concerned, I expect incompetence, waste, and poor decision making. It just comes with the territory. But, it occurred on this instance at such an epic scale, that I have to say that I just don’t believe their publicly stated story. I don’t believe Barack Obama didn’t know about this beforehand and I don’t believe they deliberately set off a panic at a cost of $328,835 just to get “souvenir photos.”

Now, perhaps they really are several orders of magnitude dumber, more amateurish, and more clueless than I thought, but I’d like some actual confirmation of that. So, maybe the Obama Administration could practice some of that transparency that they promised so often on the campaign trail and release any memos about the flight. Perhaps they could also release a list of everyone on board the plane.

If not, then maybe Congress could act, for the first time so far in the Obama Administration, as a “check and balance” and actually investigate this incident to find out the full story — and who’s truly to blame — for the “sheer stupidity” that occurred yesterday.

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