May 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
5 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. Dan, TX

    people are asking what they are hiding? Chillax dudes.

    Money spent? It was going to be spent anyone on practice time, flying somewhere else, no new money was spent to take the pictures.

    May 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Lori

    President Obama does NOT have to release everything to the American people. He reserves the right to release what he wants. He's not a child that must listen to what you all demand all the time. You people who whine and complain need to find more legitimate things to complain about like how your Republican leaders have ZERO credible solutions to America's problems. ZERO! Give me a break! Get over it! Let's move on to what's important like the job cuts declining today.

    May 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. TC

    Always a double standard with the DEMOROBOTS!!! Unbelievable!!

    May 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Pepou

    A tempest in a teapot. Next ...

    May 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Sniffit

    The GOPers are like little fishies chasing the red herring Obama just dangled from his rod in front of them. Have fun jousting windmills guys.

    May 6, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. John in Ohio

    140 million taxpayers in the US.

    Each of us contributed about 23/100th of a penny to this.

    I'm not gonna get that worked up about it.

    By comparison the Iraq War has cost about $854,000,000,000 so far. That comes out to $6,100 per taxpayer. How many people freaking out over this PR mishap with Air Force 1 are as concerned about the cost of the Iraq war?

    And to compare this to the torture memos, well, given that the Bush administration used fradulent results gained from torture to justify getting into the Iraq War, the cost of those memos is at least a significant chunk of that $854,000,000,000 (to date).

    So am I dumb enough to get mad about somebody accidentally shortchanging me a penny when somebody else robs me for $6,000? If you are that dumb, that's on your own head.

    May 6, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. duh ray ray

    Is it a bird?Is it a plane?I think it was for a movie and someone screwed up big time.heads should roll and I voted for him.

    May 6, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Mike, Syaracuse, NY

    OMG! Obama classifies photos taken of planes flying in public airspace viewed by millions because they embarrassed him, yet he declssifies Top Secret interrogation information. This man is a national disgrace.

    May 6, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Ann Marie

    The openess of this administration is awe inspiring. Thank goodness for the change we can all believe in. What's next are they going to classify Michelle's $500 sneakers that she wears to feed the homeless?

    I know, I know, none of this is important. Nothing that Obama does incorrectly is important. I keep remembering all the slack that was cut to President Bush.

    May 6, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Jeff from Atlanta

    obama
    Full disclosure and transparency of obama's opponets or when it is advantageous to him, but not when it is a disadvantage.

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    Great philosophy huh dimocrats?!?

    May 6, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. John

    Americans. What a bunch of wusses. To hear the lot of you gripe about a bunch of pictures not being released to the public is laughable. No wonder the rest of the world think your all a bunch of crybabies. Grow up for the love of God. Making a mountain out of a mole hill is Americans past time these days. OOOh, theres a plane flying low over Mahatten,, scary stuff. Hahahahaha. To even say this is a hidden agenda by the Obama adminstration is a joke. When are Americans ever going to get a life

    May 6, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. alvino

    After 8 years of the Bush admin. hiding all his attacks on the constitution, I guess we could give Obama this one.

    May 6, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. George

    He promised to be transparent: this is NOT transparent. President Obama works FOR the American people, and he's not fulfilling his campaign promises. I hope he loses in 2012.

    May 6, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Melissa

    Oh just shred the suckers and end it. People need to chill out.

    May 6, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Doug, New Jersey

    Every lib in America would be demanding that Bush resign the presidency if he had done something similar to this.

    That's all you need to know about libs, they don't care about their country, fairness, or honesty. They really only stand for hate, lies, partisanship and selfishness.

    Rahn and Obama are up to something, this was no photo op, they have something planned and we will soon find out. Don't expect the lib to care one bit, Obama could take out the libs family and somehow they would look the other way and say well Bush.... (think about the kids raised during this time in a lib family, they are going to be the worst generation this nation has ever seen).

    May 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. alvino

    Someone commented that there is a double standard for democrats. While I doubt that, it sure beats 'no standards' from Bush and the gop.

    May 6, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Becky

    Fox News would just tear apart the photos for 3+ weeks anyway and somehow blame the incident on Obama, even though he made it known he was furious over the incident.

    May 6, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    Do you ditto heads complaining of "wasted" money and "conspiracy" do you even read the posts before you hit the submit button? Or do you just see President Obama's name and start typing.

    The photo was ordered to be taken by the Pentagon, NOT President Obama and "wasted" 365K is only wasted because New York threw such a temper tantrum.

    Otw, the photo would have been used. Geeze.

    May 6, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Mark from Houston

    As a professional photographer, I have seen this a lot. The most likely scenario: someone forgot to put the memory card in the camera!

    May 6, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. John

    The Obama White House apologized for the plane SNAFU.

    The Bush White House never apologized for anything. Anything.

    May 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. rachel

    Not sure how much should be made of it, but if it was harmless why should it be classified? What could possible come of seeing pictures of the plane over new york?. I think Obama has been doing okay so far, and I voted for Hillary in the primaries, but I dont like this one bit its silly to classify them.

    May 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Cindy PA

    This was a photo-op they are covering up for contributors to the Democratic Party, get the manifest of the persons on the plane!

    May 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Jay

    Terrorism Memos that make us less safe....those are ok to declassify. Telling our enemies what we will and will not do, ok. AIrplanes over NYC, not ok. This is the change you all wanted?

    May 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    First you screw up BIG time and then CLASSIFY the photoOP photos!!!

    May 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. KC

    It's not Obama's fault - he inherited the plane, the Pentagon and the F-16s.

    May 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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