We’ve been kicking around ideas on Twitter for the past few hours. My suggestion: A surprise overflight of Pearl Harbor by 200 or so unmarked fighter/bombers. Or, alternately, an unannounced nuclear test off the coast of New York. The Statue of Liberty silhouetted by a mushroom cloud would be one awesome photo, don’t you think?
Someone else suggested having a squadron of crop dusters buzz Central Park. Photo-tastic! Feel free to offer your own ideas below. While you mull, two more videos of this fiasco from yesterday. The first is shot from a building overlooking Ground Zero, but it’s the second one you really want to watch. No clip I’ve seen better captures how low the plane was flying and how loud the engines were. Even so, you can make out someone in the background screaming “Oh my god” in terror. “Felony stupidity” indeed.
Update: I like this idea from the comments.
Update: The One formally declared this a “mistake” at an appearance this morning, you’ll be glad to know. Meanwhile, The Hill asks a good question: How much did Scare Force One’s glamour shot cost us?
The report was prepared at the request of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) while Democrats were in the minority. (Waxman is now chairman ofthe committee). Entitled “THE COST OF PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICAL TRAVEL,” the report was clearly intended to criticize President Bush and Vice President Cheney’s extensive travel around the country to campaign for Republicans in the midterm elections.
It reads in part: “This report assumes that flight operating costs are $56,518 per hour for Air Force One and $14,552 per hour for Air Force Two. These figures are based on the perhour cost figures cited by GAO for fiscal year 2000, adjusted for inflation.”