May 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Plane scare photos classified

(CNN) - American Morning's Alina Cho reports on the Obama administration's decision to classify photos taken during a recent, controversial photo-op over lower Manhattan.

Related: White House apologizes for low-flying plane

Filed under: New York • Obama administration
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Brett

    Obama release memo from Bush adm and he wont show the photo

    that is other break promise from Obama as his quoted that government should not keep secret.


    May 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. bob j

    lets get over this no harm no foul butt were chewed lets move on

    May 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. rob

    At worst this thing will only be a black eye for the Obama Admin so they should release all the photos and tell us who was in the plane and be done with it.

    To the extent that it will be embarassing, the MSM will cover for Obama so he won't get hurt.

    May 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Brina

    I bet the media will get the folks railed up about photos that are viewed daily on the news and when they get to the familar point of being just plain silly....Obama will release the pictures and then what? Ha!

    May 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Goverment is your Daddy

    Are they just preparing the people for the next attack???

    May 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    What ? If he wants to cover up photos of something everyone already knows about, imagine what it is that he truelt wants to hide.

    May 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Charm

    I don't see what the big deal is. So what if they aren't releasing the photos? When compared to everything else going on in the world, it just seems really petty and like people just want something else to gripe about. Get over it people and move on to the bigger issues.

    May 6, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Mike O'Brien

    The plane was in plain sight for 'everyone' to see. Classified ? We paid for those pictures.., lets see them. Classified.., you don't think that other countries are 'not' taking pictures of Air Force One.., think again. Mike in Montana

    May 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. John in Ohio

    I wasn't real worked up over it when it happened, but they should definitely release the pictures. For one thing, what's the point of a photo op if you don't show the photos? For another, we paid for those pictures. They're ours. And maybe if people see them, they'll think "Well, that looks pretty good after all".

    And seriously, what good reason is there to keep these under wraps?

    May 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. d1120

    If W were still in office, everyone would be clamoring for a few heads to roll.....but now, it's ..okie-dokie.....whatever...

    May 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Dennis

    Even 'W" would have known better than fly Air force One at low altitude over Manhattan.

    May 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I know all about Air Force One flying overhead–it was TERRIFYING!

    George W. Bush came to my valley in Southern Oregon to interfere in our timber industry. I knew he planned to fly on to Portland and so I went down the road in my rural neighborhood and waited to see Bush's plane take off. At 10 am it headed south, then circled the valley and headed north to Portland. At one point it was right above my head; I could see all the details of the underbelly of the plane, I could see silhouettes of people sitting in their seats, and I caught a glimpse of a captain.

    It was a bit eerie thinking that the president's plane was actually quite vulnerable at that moment since it was not flying very high, having just risen off the runway and gone into a long wide turn to head the other direction.

    May 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Clinton Fringer

    This just makes it look that more suspect. What?.....are we gonna find out people were using the plane to take a tour of NYC?

    May 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Bill from Jacksonvile, FL

    The only reason I can see to release these photos is strictly for political gain to be used against the Obama Administration. Why then should they be released? To be used in upcoming elections against the Democrats? Our Senator from Florida Mel Martinez wants an investigation! Excuse me but what does this have to do with Florida? The flyover happened, Obama is well aware of it and disagreed with the way it was handled. Let it go!

    May 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Dan

    Interesting that the Obama administration can release the "waterboarding" tapes but withold tapes from the flyover incident. Who knows ... maybe the next President will authorize release of these tapes and then we'll find out what really went on. Democrats ... Republicans ... SOS. Too bad ... this guy had a chance to differentiate himself but he's slowly showing his true "politico" self. Haven't we had enough of this yet?

    May 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Mike O'Brien

    Would someone please tell me why this guy that 'authorized' this 'photo op' over New York City is 'not' FIRED ? Mike in Montana

    May 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. TC

    Amazing!!!! what are you hiding???? Why not explain the WASTE again of our tax dollar money??? Maybe you can do that when you appear yet again on a talk show, Get to work OBAMA!!!!! We really don't care where you ate a burger at either....

    May 6, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Tom Paine

    Secret CIA anti-terror memos are free game – but Obama won't release this?

    That's some real change to believe in.

    This administration is a JOKE.

    May 6, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. fred

    I think the photos should be made public, but not used for advertising or promotion or anything else, since this was not a good idea to do this in the first place. But classifying these photos and making interrogation records public? Come on Obama, you can do better than that.

    May 6, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. SLM

    And how much of our tax payer dollars did they waste on this photo op??

    May 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Paul Orlando FL

    LOL. I read these posts and I feel dumber. And I feel misled and cheated.

    The only thing we can do in this economy is try to figure out how to get our hands on the stimulus money. There is no plan to grow the economy, it is just moving money around at this point.

    May 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Mike Dallas

    Way too much has been made of this.

    NYers are supposed to be tough as I recall. It is not like the plane looks like any other airliner since it is a robin's egg blue plus there were fighter jets accompanying the plane.

    You guys, need to get a grip, I live in Dallas, do you think we all duck and run when a car backfires?

    May 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Jon from Indiana

    More of the same from a president who thinks of political expediency first and foremost. They've puffed up their goals so much that anything else, including astoundingly stupid mistakes like this one, are just 'distractions' and then they scold everyone for not focusing on the real issues. Fine, no one died from this brain fart, but it doesn't detract from the fact that someone in the Obama administration thought that this was both necessary and appropriate. Where's the competence and accountability that's been touted so much by the media? Why hasn't the person responsible been fired? It's time for the rest of you reality-challenged Obamabots to come back to earth and realize that it's ok to criticize your savior.

    May 6, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. 21% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 79% of Americans to SUFFER!

    It is probably not being released under the fear that some New Yorker's psyche may be damaged.

    May 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    The more I think about this, the more it reeks.

    $365K for a picture that could have been photoshopped for 10 bucks. Now the photos are "classified".

    No... I'm not a conspiracy theorist... but maybe someone took AF-1 on a joy ride?

    May 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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