Here is one for the “What Were You Thinking” file. Today terror rang through the streets of New York City as Air Force One with a fighter escort buzzed the city doing laps around the Stature of Liberty and cruising the New York skyline. People were injured during the evacuation of sky scrapers doing this hapless stunt. Many people were screaming for their lives as they ran from buildings in mortal fear. Many New Yorkers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder were plunged into near panic as the presidential jet and its fighter escort did a few photo-ops. From Staten Island to So Ho New Yorkers were not amused
Already reeling from the devastating 9-11 catastrophe the destroyed the Twin Towers killing thousands of innocent people New Yorkers were not happy campers. Blatant and insensitive is an understatement as FAA officials said there was nothing to worry about. Like pouring salt on a wound this was beyond stupid in any event. I can’t remember at any time in the past were Air Force One was ordered to pull off such a publicity stunt for any reason, photo-op or not.
Mayor Bloomberg said;
“The good news is it was nothing more than an inconsiderate, badly conceived and insensitive photo op with the taxpayers’ money,”
With all the concerns for the environment and the conservation of energy you have to wonder what the White House was thinking. What a callous disregard for the survivors of 9-11. I wonder if the federal government will pick up the tab for the innocent victims who were injured during the may lay as people ran for their lives. Obviously this would have been a very real trigger for those suffering PTSD at the very least. There will be a financial toll as well since commerce was totally disrupted. Mayor Bloomberg was not pleased and the totality of this debacle is yet to be tallied.
Your Devil’s Advocate, Buffalohair