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TERROR scares. Thanks, guys.

April 28, 2009


Article: NY Post

“Air Farce One” played out over lower Manhattan yesterday — in a terrifyingly bizarre military photo op that sent office workers fleeing from their buildings fearing a new 9/11-type attack.

Obama Calls Flyover a ‘Mistake’


But it turned out that the backup Air Force One jet and the fighter that appeared to be pursuing it only 1,000 feet above Ground Zero were staging the spectacle to get publicity shots of the presidential plane with a New York backdrop.

President Obama called the incident a “mistake” today and said it would not happen again.

“We all ran to the window, and I thought, that’s it, we’re all dead,” said Chris Biancamano, 36, who works at a brokerage in Jersey City. “It brought back all the memories of 9/11. I said, ‘I have to get out of here now!’ ”

The planes flew over the Verrazano Bridge, buzzed Lady Liberty’s left ear, continued up the Hudson past Jersey City and then circled back toward Staten Island, federal officials said. The jets then completed two more loops as photographers aboard the F-16 took the world’s most expensive snapshots.

Although the Air Force had permission for the 10 a.m. flyover, no one bothered to warn the people on the ground, and as the two jets hurtled toward lower Manhattan, many mistook Obama’s plane for Osama’s.

President Obama himself was not in the plane at the time, but the 747 flew so low that New Yorkers had no trouble reading the aircraft’s insignia.

Dominick Caglioti, who works at the Mercantile Exchange in lower Manhattan, thought the planes were headed straight for his window. After learning it was all a photo op, he fumed.

“It’s so stupid because they tell you about every fire drill, but they didn’t tell us about this,” he said.

Jillian Pizzarello, who also works at the Mercantile Exchange, said, “You don’t do this to people down here after all we have been through.”

Thousands of people were evacuated from buildings on both sides of the Hudson during the half-hour episode.

Insensitive INCOMPETENT douchebags. Running our country. Right into the fucking ground

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