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It was apparent that he didn't have any when asked by the White House press corps why one of President Obama's airplanes was involved in an incident earlier today that panicked thousands of New Yorkers.
In case you haven't heard about it, a Boeing 747 escorted by F-16 fighter jets swooped down on Lower Manhattan this morning causing New Yorkers to spill out on the street thinking their city was under attack again.
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Regardless, Gibbs got his answer. It was their fault. As in the military office of the White House.
And quickly after the press briefing ended, the White House press office issued a statement from the director of WHMO, Louis Caldera, letting everyone know it was his fault.
“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”
The first step in getting past a controversy is to take responsibility. So while Caldera admits he rubber stamped the initial authorization for the mission, it still leaves other questions. Like, why didn't anyone in New York speak up?
The controversy's not over yet.
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