I was just talking to the wife about the Manhattan joyride on Sunday and mentioned, “Hey, where are the pictures? If this was a photo-op, there would be pictures. If I took them to Ritz camera shop, they’d be done in an hour. The White House can’t get pictures out in a week?!?” Of course, since most pictures are digital these days, they would be done instantaneously. After all, the whole thrust of the story is that it was a photo-op! There should be photos, right?
Well, now we know the truth. According to the New York Post, the White House has no intention of releasing the “publicity” photos. I’m sorry. I thought the point of taking “publicity” photos was to publicize them! Of course, the reason the pictures aren’t going to be released is that there aren’t any pictures. The whole thing was made up and the willing accomplises in the media are going to let them get away with it. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, this is probably NOT something the watchdog press should be overly concerned with. But it is something that everyone can relate to.
The average American can easily get weary when the political speak involves things like deficit spending, toxic assets, cap and trade, et al. But a flyover of a still terrified New York is a universal concept. It is wrong on every level. As the Mayor said, if he had been told about it ahead of time, he would have asked them not to do it anyway. That’s because it’s a bad idea. period! Advance notice or not, this should have never happened.
Just in case you think I’m being a little hard on Obama and his White House, I heard an interview with a former Secret Service agent earlier this week who said it was absolutely impossible for the White House not to know where the all of the fleet of Air Force 1’s is at all times. If the President had to be evacuated from DC due to a dirty bomb or any other emergency, they would have to have a contingency plan in place if one of the planes was unavailable. For Gibbs to say he didn’t know where the plane was is just a lie or an incredible amount of incompetance. I think I prefer to assume it’s a lie at this point.