May 8th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama official resigns over photo flap


The White House has released a photo taken during the controversial flyover of New York City last week.

(CNN) - Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office who authorized the controversial Air Force One photo-op over New York City last week has resigned, the White House announced Thursday.

The White House has also released a photograph taken during the unannounced flyover that caused a brief panic in the city.

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Full White House statement after the jump

Statement from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

The President has accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera as Director of the White House Military Office. Attached is Mr. Caldera's resignation letter. Also attached is a report sought by the President and conducted by Jim Messina, deputy chief of staff, and a photo.

The President has asked his Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and Defense Secretary Gates or his designee to jointly review the organizational structure of the White House Military Office and the reporting relationship of its components to the White House and the Air Force, and to make recommendations to him to ensure that such an incident never occurs again.

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. RC

    So long, Louie! You're an idiot!

    May 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. The Death of America by Obama

    July 4th the crown of the Statue of Liberty will be open.The democrats say this is a gift to the American people from nitwit obama.
    Anyone who thinks obama didn't know about this fly over for pictures with the statue in the background is really,really stupid and in denial.
    But then,any body that voted for obama is a very stupid person.

    May 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. bj, Texas

    When is Obama going to resign?

    May 8, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. R

    good! They should have known better. Have they heard of Photoshop?

    May 8, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Reg

    Good now judge bybee should be next, then condesleazza, and

    May 8, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. JP

    Too bad all of the other idiots in the Obama administration do not resign.

    May 8, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Kurt C.

    Well, that's the first incompetent boob who resigned. I wonder how many more will.

    May 8, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. seebofubar

    Poor Louis gets to be Obuttheads fall guy.

    May 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Cleaning up after W

    Good. Accountability is refreshing. At least Obama didn't say "You're doin' a heck of a job Louie!"

    May 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Tim Geithner

    Well, if he had a problem with paying his taxes, we probably could have overlooked this little boo boo.

    May 8, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Dionne Makila

    This is stupid. People in the Bush White House waged war without reason, ran up the deficit and condoned torture and he is resigning over this??

    May 8, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Lisa Florida

    This is a nice picture and he should not have had to resign. This was not the White Houses fault. It was a mistake....The President should not hold people accountable for these simple mistakes. But I love this picture

    May 8, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Dave

    Wow, what a change from the Bush years - if you're incompetent in the Obama admin, you do the proper thing and resign; if you're incompetent in the Bush admin, you get nothing but praise.

    Heckofa job, Brownie, er, Gibby!

    May 8, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Renate Bayer

    Shame on you and good riddance!

    May 8, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. No More Incumbents

    1 down, about 600 to go.

    May 8, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Obama!!!

    That is actually a pretty good picture though!!

    May 8, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. John Smythe

    Taking a bullet for our incompetent President who supposedly didn't know that his plane was in the air flying around NY City. Get real people, our President is as crokked as they come.

    May 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. LT

    I knew there'd be some job openungs coming up in DC......

    May 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Richard

    They could have at least taken the photo on a nice sunny day...

    May 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Robin in Tampa, FL

    For all of the brouhaha this caused ... it IS a pretty nice picture.

    May 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Jill American

    What took him so long?

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    Obama should have fired him the day it happened.

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    The picture isn't even that good. We spent $300k for that? thanks, Obama.

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. greeny

    nice picture

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. JF

    Sometimes I think we as the public are just not happy unless someone looses their job. We all have made mistakes at some point in our life, and while people were frightened by the plane fly over – and rightfully so, nothing ever happened. Because people still have the fear of 911 in their minds does not warrent someone loosing their job because it's not going to take the memory away... it will still be there!

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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