Statement from Louis Caldera, Director White House Military Office, on Air Force One flight over New York
“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”
I actually work on a very high floor in 1 Liberty Plaza….Whoever thought this was a good idea is a total idiot. Whoever thought it was a good idea to do this without mentioning anything about it to the public is a bigger idiot. If I’d gotten a memo the week before informing me this was going to take place I probably would have watched and thought ‘hey that’s pretty cool.’ Instead I watched and thought ‘I hope that plane doesn’t crash into my building.’ Followed by the thought ‘I hope that plane doesn’t hit one of the buildings in Jersey City’ followed by ‘If this isn’t terrorism related why is that plane flanked by a fighter jet?’
And lets not even start with what the guys working at the WTC site must have been thinking.
Later, calmer, there seems to be plenty of blame to go around.