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Air Force One fiasco -- Obama demands review

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No review is necessary from those who experienced the fly-by. Their reactions? Anger and bewilderment. Those seemed to be the reactions of the day anyway on the Tuesday morning news programs.

Take former Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, for example.

“I’d call this felony stupidity," the tough-as-nails ex-prosecutor said yesterday on CNN. "This is probably not the right job for Mr. Caldera to be in if he didn’t understand the likely reaction of New Yorkers, of the mayor."

Off with his...

Another former Bush administration official, Brad Blakeman, also called for Caldera's head.

"This is more than a lapse of judgment," Blakeman said on FOX News. "This is complete stupidity in a time of economic crisis, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars for publicity photos for Air Force One when you could have put that on your PC at home and done the same thing without that cost and disruption."


President Obama's 2008 rival was stoked up too -- twittering yesterday that he was looking into how much the photo op cost. He later released a letter he sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding answers.

“The supposed mission represents a fundamentally unsound exercise in military judgment and may have constituted an inappropriate use of Department of Defense resources,” McCain wrote.


The kindest words may have come from President Obama.

"It was a mistake," Obama told reporters while visiting the FBI. "It was something we found out about along with all of you and it will not happen again."

Of course, the measured public reaction is assuredly much different than what was said in the White House Monday. Gibbs said, "The president was furious upon learning of this decision."

Bad meeting

ABC's Jake Tapper reported that Caldera was called into a meeting with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina.

"It didn't sound like a fun meeting," the White House official told Tapper.

Hey, in case we're ever called into a meeting with Rahm Emanuel, we'll make sure to Twitter it. So follow us!

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