February 15th, 2009
08:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Air Force One is one 'spiffy ride,' Obama says

The aircraft, which is longer than the length of a hockey rink, has 4,000 square feet of floor and three levels.
The aircraft, which is longer than the length of a hockey rink, has 4,000 square feet of floor and three levels.

(CNN) - During the first couple of weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has made good use of his "spiffy" new ride.

The president, who has made several trips around the country in Air Force One, was particularly excited during his first trip on the plane as commander in chief, when he flew to the House Democrats' annual retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia, last week.

"Thanks for giving me a reason to fly Air Force One," he told the House Democrats after his flight, which took him away from a week of fighting for the economic stimulus bill.

Donning a blue jacket with the presidential seal on the right and his name embroidered on the left, Obama came back to the press section of the plane shortly before taking off for Williamsburg.

"Hey guys, what do you think of my - this spiffy ride here?" the president asked the group of reporters traveling with him on the presidential plane.

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  1. lady in the know

    He got it right the first time...he thinks it is HIS plane. Someone needs to remind him we, the taxpayers, LOANED it to him and it's OUR plane. Just goes along with his enormous ego. Bet that will start a flurry of comments...HA!

    February 15, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Alicia

    Ken, Proud American, Anti-Obama and all the other sour grapes that blog here.............the plane was refurbished when BUSH was in the White House before you get started.

    It is refreshing to see a President who is NOT hiding in the White House and NOT taking Press Conferences. Also, a President who likes to be in touch with the American people.

    **This is the same plane Bush was in when Bush rode 'over' Katrina wreckage. Bush did not get off the plane...............

    February 15, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    And just how much did that spiffy joyride ride cost the American people? How about moth balling Air Force One and for the next four years fly coach on commercial airlines like he and the other democrats are demanding of the CEO's until economic times are better.

    February 15, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    does anyone think he will actually read it? Nobody except move-on .org has read it.

    February 15, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. April

    Mr. President you deserve every minute of it. Your excitement and kid in the candy store is fasinating to watch. Keep up your hard work for the American people YES WE CAN!

    February 15, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Lisa, VT

    With all the headaches of the job, I'm glad there's one perk the president can look forward to–enjoy your "spiffy ride" Mr. President, you deserve it.

    February 15, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    And NO waiting in those long security checkpoint lines..EVER! And no need to remove shoes or pay for pillows & snacks.

    Fly Air Force One and get a very nice jacket too.

    February 15, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Gerda Edwards

    Like a child in a candy shop. Hey dude, look at my cool new digs.

    Informality in the Oval Office, had to catch himself in saying "my" vs "this" ride, patting the then-Pres Bush on the back when they met - not a lot of respect for the office itself. Not unexpected when OJT is going on.

    February 15, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. jaye

    I love his comment, "a spiffy ride!"
    He is just so down to earth, and still excitable!
    I love this man and his family – and I support him fully.

    February 15, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Mike - Houston

    At well over $1 million one-way, it should be. Guess that Obama considers taxpayer money as his to waste on family vacations.

    February 15, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Meka

    President Obama is using AF1, to reach out to the Average American's.

    Unlike previous President's!

    *DEFINITELY CHANGE*

    February 15, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Independant Vet

    JUST GOT THREW , TURNING OFF MY TV, I WAS TRYING TO WATCH FOX NEWS, THEY WERE TALKING WITH AXROD , THEY BETTER LEAR HIM HOW TO TALK , FOR ALL HE COULD SAY WAS , AHH , AH, AN UH . KEPT IT UP TILL MIKE WALLACE STARTED A LITTLE OF THE SAME . SO THEN I TURNED ON NBC AN DAM HERE HE WAS DOING THE SAME , UHH, AHH , AN AHH .

    NOW FOR THIS FLY AWAY TOUR , SURE SHOWS HOW TO SAVE DOLLARS. AN THIS COUNTRY IS BROKE. CORRECT. NOW WE HAVE THIS TRAVEL GATE, FLYING AROUND LIKE A LOST GOOSE, AN WE HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THESE PROTECTION , ALL THE FUEL , ALL THE LIMOS, AN CITYS HAVE TO PICK UP THERE TAB FOR OVER TIME.
    AND THERE IS VICTIMS OF IKE , AN DISABLED VETS , DOING WITH OUT. AN HE IS OUT PROMOTING FOR MORE FOR ACORN , AN PELOSI . SURE IS A POOR EXAMPLE OF A LEADER. WRIGHT.
    ##################################################

    February 15, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. a good read

    Take a timeout partisans and read what Catherine Austin Fitts wrote not long ago.

    February 15, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    A breath of fresh air in a city too often led by windbags.

    February 15, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. GM

    I hope that someday we start judging Obama not by the great color of his skin, or the fit of his swimming trunks, but by the effectiveness of his policies.
    His policies, atleast where they've figured out a policy, have NOT represented CHANGE. They've been tried many times before and FAILED each time. That will most likely be the result this time, as well.

    February 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Dexter Skagway

    Spiffy? Did Obama dork out and say "spiffy"? His daughters must be cringing.

    February 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Winglets would save fuel and extend the range as on most Air Force transport aircraft which should be considered. Anthing to save money during our weak economy!!!

    February 15, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Sandra

    Thank God, we have a sharp an intelligent President on the Air force One. George W. Bush’s I.Q. is even lower than an 8th Grader.

    February 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    OH yeah.. HE WOULD PLAY FAIR .. that would be a great DISADVANTAGE if he had to play a REPUBLICAN TEAM LOL

    February 15, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. cedgar

    How about you Mr President stop playing with all the Toys the office offers (own the tax payer dime) Stop acting like a pop star and act like a president. You want all of us to be good stewards of our money and life. You sir are acting just like a 2yr old with a new toy. Read the bill
    weight the pro's & con an make the decision on the good of the whole
    country. Do you think you could cut all the pet project (over 200 billion) and apply that money to house or banking problem. Really where would it be better serviced? Buying votes or helping the country.

    February 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. dittohead with forty names

    Catherine Austin Fitts could fly this plane and teach Obama how to fly it too.

    February 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. PhillyGirl

    Relax and enjoy the rides President Barack Obama. You will definitely have two terms on Air Force One.
    President Obama
    2012

    February 15, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. cedgar

    Is CNN for the NEW fairness doctrine, if so then you need to lead by example and post all comments to give an equal balance.

    February 15, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. cedgar

    Why are we taking our time and need to examine the off shore drilling program stopped by the Interior department to make sure we do not rush into a program that has not been fully checked out but on this bill we had to break all the promises given to the American people and the rules set up by Congress to give full disclosure and rush this right through.

    February 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. cedgar

    The Defense was asked to reduce its budget while fighting two wars but give pet projects to the backers to the Pres. The shovel ready projects are in the Defense system right now. We could replenish the items we are using in the wars and outfit the men and women fighting to keep us free but we ask them to take cuts while all other departments of the Government get increases. The money spent in the Defense sector will give us dollar for dollar in the GDP of America.

    February 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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