At Last, A Firing

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 8, 2009

flyover1The White House has finally acted to hold someone accountable for the unacceptable, recent, low-altitude Presidential plane flyover in New York:

On the same day that the White House released the photograph that cost $328,000 and turned the stomachs of thousand of New Yorkers, President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of the official who authorized the presidential aircraft flyover in lower Manhattan last month, CBS 2 has learned.

Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office, handed in his resignation Friday. The news comes as Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Air Force flyover that sparked a panic was not adequately reviewed and approved by senior service and department officials.

The flyover was arranged as part of a photo opportunity for White House records. The official photo was released along with Caldera’s resignation and the official report on the flyover.

All of this cost taxpayers nearly $329,000. I recognize that there may have been some grief if the White House just chose to photoshop and the photoshopping got found out by some enterprising viewer. But I can’t believe it would be any worse than what has happened.

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