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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A "furious" President Obama has ordered a review of the decision to fly a Boeing 747 frighteningly close to the lower Manhattan skyline, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, quickly apologized for Monday's incident after the planes prompted workers and residents to evacuate buildings in New York and New Jersey. Watch Townsend slam Caldera »
"Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," Caldera said. "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."
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I didn't jump on this story when it happened simply because I, like everyone else, did not know exactly what happened or where to direct my anger. Now we know. Louis Caldera made a terrible mistake and I'm sure he feels bad about it, but I think he should resign over this. Make no mistake about this. He caused more trauma than he ever could have imagined if he bothered to think at all. The horrors of 9-11 will never go away and it wasn't just the people in New York that day suffering from the trauma caused by the attacks. It was people across the entire nation, especially combat veterans having PTSD escalate. Wasn't he advised to not do this? Didn't anyone in the military tell him how harmful this would be? Anyone in the position Caldera has needs to be fully aware of what they are doing and the ramifications of his actions. We just had 8 years of no one being held accountable for anything and keeping Caldera on the job after this is not a good way to change the way this country behaves. Caldera said he "approved the mission" but we also need to know who started it in the first place and hold them accountable as well.
Posted by Kathie Costos DiCesare at 11:13 AM