I have a really silly question. Now, keep in mind, this is just a question, so -- please, everyone -- don't read more into the question than is actually there. It's just a question, and enquiring minds want to know: If folks are planning to take Air Force One -- the President of the United States' airplane -- for a joyride over New York City, wouldn't it be understandable to assume that the President knew about it beforehand? And if he did not know about it, would it not also be safe to assume that he should have known about it? Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the photo shoot was only part of the plane's mission, which also included practice instrument approaches and landings at Atlantic City International Airport. The entire mission had been coordinated with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic control representatives in the New York area. Gates said planning for the mission began in late March 2009 and resulted in numerous teleconferences to coordinate and finalize the flight.
March? Teleconferences? And still the President of the United States did not know?
I think I am missing something here. I work in a building with about 600 people. My boss knows when someone on the fourth floor sneezes, how many times, and what kind of tissue he used to blow his nose. The President of the United States did not get even the slighest wind of the planned escapade with Air Force One? I have just enough cynicism that I don't believe it. Too many other people knew about it far in advance. The Defense Secretary, the Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic controllers knew about it, and no one told the President? If it really is possible to successfully keep a secret like that from the President of the United States, well, then ... that's an even more frightening thought.