White House freaks out NYC with low-riding Air Force One, denies Obama on board
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29 April, 2009, 23:00
US President Barack Obama admits mistake after decision to stage a ‘flyover photo op’ of the presidential airplane over New York City, with a fighter jet giving chase, stirs up memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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The Internet lit up Monday with incredible video footage of Manhattan office workers streaming out of their buildings as a 747 commercial jet roared low and fast overhead with an F-16 fighter jet seemingly giving chase.
For the residents of New York City, who are still understandably edgy about big planes and big sounds, there was only one possible explanation: another hijacking and possible suicide attack by some terrorist group that hates America.
The reality – that the White House Military Office had authorized the “mission” in order to get a 30-minute publicity shot of the presidential plane against a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty – was almost just as shocking as if Al-Qaeda had been at the controls.