Everybody is falling over themselves apologizing, half of NYC wants somebody fired, and now we hear the feds predicted panic during the fly-over, yet had it anyway.
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.
Meawhile, as the first major “oops” of the Obama administration, the flyover flap has really brought out the loony conspiracy wackos in Wingnutistan.
-“The president didn’t know that Air Force One was flying over Manhattan? Tell me another whopper!”
-“Sounds more like some VIP was given a sightseeing flyover—hence the need for F-16 escorts and no announcement to the public.”
-“My guess is either a bigtime fundraiser, or Michelle and the kids.”
-“Someone big enough to require a fighter escort was on that plane. Fidel Castro? Hugo Chavez? King of Saud? King of Jordan?”
-ZERO was sending a message to his Muslim Buddies! “Look what I can do at the snap of my Arab Fingers!” and tried to camouflage it as a photo op.”
-“I’d bet a whole bucket of chicken and waffles it was either Fidel or Chavez!”
-“I’ll call that bet and raise you two watermelons and a gallon of ice cream and say that it was George Soros.”