I want to demonstrate the continuing abject animosity of the President Obama's administration.
By now you've heard of the White House Military Office request to update the file photos of Air Force One. For the record, while I am willing to believe the stated reason given by WHMO was legitimate, I have a problem believing there's such an intense public-relations need to update the photos of AF-1 flying near the Statue of Liberty - the fact remains that the stock photos are as good as any .
Be that as it may... Even without the memories of September 11th still in the minds of many New Yorkers, I would find hard to imagine that no one would find it odd that a 747 flying low across the skyline ... with a fighter jet in pursuit:
Now I want you to recall another time there was a photo controversy involving Air Force-1. In the hours after the September 11th attacks, President Bush was aboard AF-1. The White House photographer - a staple in every modern administration - was snapping photos. One photo of President Bush shows him on a telephone, looking out a window of the plane. That photo made its way to GOP congressional campaign committees which used it as a premium for fund raising.
Not surprisingly, there was an outcry from the DNC. Speaking at the time, the now former Senate Majority Leader (and noted tax cheat) Tom Daschile said:
Obviously, we certainly hope that no governmental role is involved here, that no photographs or facilities that are taxpayer based would be used here, but we'll have to pass judgments and make decisions as information is provided to us,"Sen. Dachile used appropriate restraint, in my mind, but was still critical overall. Former Vice President Al Gore had a decidedly different take:
"While most pictures are worth a thousand words, a photo that seeks to capitalize on one of the most tragic moments in our nation's history is worth only one -- 'disgraceful,'"
I don't believe that President Obama's WHMO acted in any way disgraceful anymore that I believe President Bush (and the GOP congressional campaign committees) did. But what I look for is whether the same pundits and ranking Democrat leaders who took exception to the 2002 incident use the same rhetoric with today's incident.
Somehow, I doubt it. Sphere: Related Content
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