What happened: On the morning of April 27th the back-up plane to Air Force One was sent to New York, along with an honor guard of two F-16 fighter jets, for a photo op with the Statue of Liberty. The FAA had informed the police department about the photo shoot, but had given them strict instruction not to tell the public in case someone stuck their fingers up behind Lady Liberty’s head and gave her bug antennas or something. The photographer wasn’t happy with his first pics and had the planes come around twice more before he declared it a wrap.
What everyone saw: A 747 chased by two Air Force fighters buzzed the Statue of Liberty, flying unusually low over the city’s financial district. After the first missed opportunity, the jumbo jet tried twice more before finally fleeing the area. Financial and construction workers took flight in the thousands from the area, fearing a second 9-11 style terrorist strike.
What I think: Louis Caldera, the Director of the White House Military Office has officially accepted the responsibility for this little fiasco, having signed the approval papers and all. I’m thinking that the city of New York should appoint a task force, at the cost of the White House Military Office, to hide in bushes, behind cars, under beds, anywhere and everywhere Mr. Caldera goes, to jump out and scare him until he finally has a nervous breakdown.