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article imageOp-Ed: Obama refuses to release Air Force One pictures taken over NYC

By Michael Krebs     May 5, 2009 in Politics
After spooking New York City populations with a low-flying jet airplane in a poorly-conceived attempt to snap pictures of Air Force One flying just above the Statue of Liberty, Obama aides say the president is refusing to release the pictures publicly.
When an Air Force One plane was commissioned to fly low over the skies of New York City it caused witnesses to panic - in the assumption that another attack was underway (see previous coverage on DigitalJournal.com). The boneheaded and decidedly insensitive move by the White House publicity team yielded two items: apologies from the White House Military Office Director and photographs of the plane gliding over the Statue of Liberty.
Well, we've seen and heard the apologies - so we should at least get to see the pictures. Given the propensity of the Obama administration to release the most trivial of photographs - from the new dog to kids working in the new White House garden - it seems out of character and out of step that President Obama would choose to not release the photographs.
"We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama told The New York Post. There were no further comments on the matter.
The photographs cost American taxpayers over $300,000 to produce, and the incident shook parts of New York City with a different currency altogether.
"The photos . . . are classified -- that's ridiculous," Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. was quoted as saying in the New York Post story.
The White House aide was quick to make the distinction: the photographs are technically not classified, they are simply being kept from public view.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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