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April 27, 2009

Obama Stages Photo-Op, Scares the Bejebus Out of Lower Manhattan

Another example of Obama's extreme childishness and lack of regard for anyone other than his own self:

A Boeing 747 used by the president was escorted over lower Manhattan by an Air Force fighter jet Monday as part of a government photo opportunity and training mission, causing a brief panic among office workers near where hijacked passenger jets crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Workers from several office buildings poured out onto the streets before they learned that the flights were harmless.

John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people "went into a total panic" and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz by their building, near the World Trade Center site.

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Another reader who responded to msnbc.com's request for photos said: "Video? Picture? Who the heck had time for that?!?!?! We were all too busy getting the heck out of the building!

"A coworker, whose desk faces the window, all of a sudden had this huge jumbo jet in his face," wrote Jenny Espinosa. "This poor kid freaked. One woman who works in our building, and is pregnant, had a panic attack and almost collapsed."

I would have probably panicked as well. We occasionally have low flying planes pass over downtown L.A. It raises my blood pressure every time. Of course, when it happens in L.A. the plane doesn't turn around and come back like this morning in Manhattan:

Among the workers who left their buildings were some at The Wall Street Journal.

Kathleen Seagriff, a staff assistant in the news rooms, said workers heard the roar of the planes and then saw them from their windows.

"They went down the Hudson, turned around and came back by the building," she said. "It was a scary scene, especially for those of us who were there on 9/11."

What jerks. Whoever approved this nonsense owes New York and New Jersey an apology.


Haven't You Heard? [ace]: It's just a "bright, sunny safe day in April 2009." We hardly need worry about people getting all verklempt about 747s buzzing skyscrapers in NYC.


Belated Hat-tip: Thanks to Mike S.


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