Poopgate, The Cover Up Is Always Worse Than The Crime

Did the First Dog Leave a Number Two on Air Force One?

The mystery begins in a Pittsburgh bar where several high-flying airline types met last month.

The group swapped stories over drinks when three people present let loose with a good tale. Bo, the presidential puppy, recently left a present on the presidential jet, they said, and a flight attendant had nearly stepped in it.

“You can imagine the horror on board when they discovered what it had done,” a participant in the conversation said, referring to Bo.

Reports of other puppy-like behavior support the story. At least two reporters spotted Bo running loose aboard Air Force One this summer. News stories say he chews socks, magazines and the presidential sneakers. In an NBC television interview around the time of the alleged accident, President Barack Obama said Bo has chosen notable venues in the past.

“We go out and we’re walking and I’m picking up poop, and in the background is the beautifully lit White House,” the president said. “It’s quite a moment.”

A White House press official was certain—the scoop on the poop was a crock. The press office checked with the Air Force One flight crew who said Bo had not desecrated the jet.

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But we were nagged by a question—was the pile denial a White House cover up?

The source of the story refused to recant. A press officer for the 89th Airlift Wing, which includes Air Force One, had no comment. A government airline carpet contractor didn’t return calls.

Then a new source emerged: Herb McConnell, former public affairs officer for Andrews Air Force Base, home of Air Force One. McConnell thought the story was “funny,” “logical,” and “not as bad as some I’ve heard.”

According to McConnell, he checked with two contacts in the 89th Airlift Wing. Both separately confirmed Bo’s youthful indiscretion, although neither of them would speak directly with Washington Wire.

“Of course the dog accident on Air Force One happened,” McConnell contends. But the 89th won’t go public with it, he said, because it is strict Air Force policy not to discuss passengers’ activities.

The White House stands by its denial. And Bo isn’t talking.

See also:
A No. 2 on Air Force One? Oh noes Bo!
Everybody Poops: White House Denies Bo’s Mile-High Mistake
Bo Obama: Number Two On Air Force

Oh sure, blame the dog. If it was a simple puppy “poop accident”, why is the White House stonewalling?

/you know, it’s not like there weren’t plenty of other potential suspects on the plane at the time

Hold My Beer, I’m Going To Try Something

Who’s brilliant idea was this?

Source: White House was updating AF One file photo

An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.

This official said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, like the statute in New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.

Gee, flying a 747, being chased by F-16s, low over Manhattan, what could possibly go wrong with that?

Air Force One “Maneuvers” over New York City Cause Widespread Panic

F-16 Fighter Jets were seen escorting a 747 jumbo jet from the Air Force One fleet near the Statue of Liberty earlier today. The fly-by caused a brief period of widespread panic among the citizens of New York City.

The U.S. Defense Dept. issued a statement afterward, saying the maneuver was just a photo opp. After realizing how much people were traumatized, they later issued another statement and apologized to New Yorkers for the scare.

Really? A Photo Opp??

After watching the video below, you’ll understand why the people of NYC were so scared – watching a jumbo jet pitching, yawing and banking at a 45 degree angle back and forth while being chased by close flying fighter jets would scare anyone unaccustomed to it. Couple that with the fact that 8 years ago planes crashed into the World Trade Center, constant threats of terrorism and a general overall feeling of unease in a society and you have a lot of people on edge.

Does that really look like a “Photo Opp.” to anyone else? Those are emergency preparedness maneuvers – anyone who has ever been in the military knows that.

See also:
Air Force One Photo Op Triggers Panic in Manhattan
Air Force One Photo-Op Scares the Crap Out of Manhattan
A ‘Classified’ Photo Op Turns Into a Soaring Blunder for the White House
Air Force One Scares Us Shitless
Air Force One photo op startles New Yorkers
Air Force One lookalike buzzes Lower Manhattan; residents panic, two injured, White House apologizes
Buildings Evacuated as Jets Fly Low Over Manhattan
“Photo Op” flyover frightens New Yorkers, outrages many
Who Will Be Held Accountable for This Morning’s 9/11-esque Scare?
Plane stupid: Mayor Bloomberg outraged over military photo-op involving low-flying presidential jet

So, what does the Obama administration do in response to all the anger stemming from their dumbass “classified photo op”? Well, they do what they do best, they apologize.

White House Official Apologizes for Air Force One Photo Op in New York City

White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera apologized for any panic caused by a flight mission and photo op that looked like Air Force One and fighter jets heading toward the New York City skyline Monday morning.

Caldera said he approved the mission last week and that federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey.

But for people who work in the New York financial district, the event brought back nightmares of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Numerous buildings in lower Manhattan evacuated in a panic during this morning’s false alarm.

“It’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused,” Caldera said in a White House issued paper statement.

See also:
Here Is the Guy Who Scared You This Morning, New York
White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover
White House apologizes for Air Force One photo-op
An apology for Air Force One photo op
White House sorry for NYC flyover

The White House is sorry all right. Obama seems to like to apologize, especially for American history when he’s overseas, addressing foreign audiences. It’s amazing how they fit all those Keystone Kops into one clown car.

Hey Manhattan, at least you got your apology.

/Obama scares the [expletive deleted] out of me too, every day, and I’m still waiting for mine

It’s Not Easy Being Green . . . If You’re A Hypocrite

How did Obama commemorate Earth Day? By stomping out a carbon footprint that would make a herd of Sasquatch green with envy.

Obama Earth Day Flights Burned More Than 9,000 Gallons Of Fuel

In flying to and from Iowa today, President Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One.

The press office at Andrews AFB wouldn’t give me the fuel consumption numbers for the 747 that serves as Air Force One without the approval of the White House Press Office, which as I write this has yet to be given.

But Boeing says its 747 burns about 5 gallons of fuel per mile. It’s 895 miles from Washington to Des Moines, so a round trip brings the fuel consumption for the fixed-wing portion of the President’s trip to 8,950 gallons.

The trip also put President Obama on Marine One for round-trip flights between the White House and Andrews AFB and between Des Moines International Airport and Newton, Iowa, site of his Earth Day speech. It totaled about an hour of flight time. The VH-3D that serves as Marine One consumes about 1200 pounds of fuel per hour which comes out to about 166 gallons consumed flying the President today.

Not included in these calculations are the presidential vehicles that took him the short distance from the landing zone in Newton to the event site at the Trinity Structural Towers Manufacturing Plant.

In his speech there, President Obama called for a “new era of energy exploration in America.”

At a plant that manufactures the towers for wind turbines, he urged Americans to support his plan for promoting expanded use of alternative and renewable fuels.

And he announced that for the first time, the Interior Department would be leasing federal waters for projects to generate electricity from wind and ocean currents.

President Obama could have saved at least 9,116 gallons of fuel by giving his speech at the White House – but no wind turbines are manufactured here.

See also:
Obama Marks Earth Day at Iowa Wind Tower Plant
Obama celebrates Earth Day with tree planting, green initiatives
On Earth Day, Obama pushes ambitious climate agenda
Obama: Earth Day Speech Touts Green Jobs, Cap-and-Trade

Remember the tidal wave of outrage, scorn, and derision when the CEOs of the Big Three auto makers dared to fly on their private jets to Washington to beg for taxpayer money at two days of Congressional hearings?

/well, they had to make the trip and it wasn’t Earth Day