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. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hey: "Death of America by Obama"

    How about adding some PROOF to the stupid things you said.

    Do you know that there is a difference between FACT and OPINION?

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Really

    you poor haters. You live a miserable life.

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Shayne in NH

    Lot of hatred in here. Too bad we couldn't round up the lot of you idiots and drop you off on a deserted island. We'd call it "Republica-The New Australia." "Where republicans go to retire....."

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

    Where were all of you calling for Bush's resignation when people in his adminstation made errors? Where you calling for Brownie's head? NO! Of course not! You're too inbred and uneducated to be able to see reality. Extreme Conservatives and extreme Liberals are the problem, not Obama. Caldera made a huge error in judgement and is paying for it. That's all. Move on. The Republicans lost the last election and you idiots can't see why!

    May 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Midnight Star

    It seems that saying "I'm sorry" is not good enough anymore. A person makes a mistake and because he is in a high profile job, people in this country don't want an apology, they want resignation. That's really sad.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. JOHN H,

    300k from washington to NY for Airforce One.
    think how much it costs Obama to fly across country in "his new toy" for a photo op at some struggling factory in these trying economic times.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. patsy

    It was such a blunder that a head had to roll. Who knows who knew what or who was to blame? We have a resignation and that will settle the matter and discussions will cease. I don't believe Obama knew about the photo op, but then I am one of those "stupid people" who voted for him – and I'm glad I did. We finally have someone in the White House who is worthy.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    It is good to have minions to fall on their swords for you.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Barbara

    This incident is a tempest in a tea cup. I can't believe how much has been made of it. I think Mr. Caldera is taking most of the hit for those at the Pentagon who didn't want this fly over to be advertised. This was a stupid move by many people and many are responding stupidly. How will they behave in a real emergency? This does not bode well.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Rock

    Nice picture though!

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Get Real

    What a surprise, Another one bites the dust!!!!

    May 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. fella from Chicago

    Agree with Kurt C. Still would like to know who was in the plane that day; Michelle, girls? Someone's covering somebody up.

    May 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    Wow, you people need to take an antacid. The bile you're coughing up is going to kill you. And for all of you Obama bashers. You lost. Grow up and shut up.

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. DJ

    Right on, Photoshop would have saved $300,000 of taxpayer money, the cost of the photo-op. The Pres thought it was a good idea at first.

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. LOL

    What a bunch of trolls here.

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. AliceInWonderland

    I don't think this was such a major mistake for someone to have to resign. We all make mistakes – I'm sure he was aware of this after all the hoopla. Fantastic Picture!

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. MR

    Death of America: I think Pres. Obama has enough on his plate that he isn't involved in photo decision making.... anyone who thinks so is the "nitwit." Get a life!

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Grog in Ohio

    One thing is for sure... no Medal of Freedom will come from this president for Mr. Caldera.

    May 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Indigo

    To answer a stupid question that was raised. President Obama will resign somewhere around 2016, get use to it.

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. dave

    I disagree with Lisa. The White House SHOULD punish people for mistakes. People working for the president should be held to a high standard, not a low one. The events of the past eight years show the danger of tolerating mistakes and bad judgement in the White House.

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Brian

    The picture isnt even that good. Thats where my tax dollars went?

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Mary Sanders

    How sad that Pres Obama's critics don't remember the eight years of "horrific" policies under the Bush Administration. The appropriate steps were taken – an idiot in the White House did something stupid and has now resigned. How many idiots in the Bush Administration resigned over such horrific events such as the "WMD", Constitutional Rights, Torture Memos, Hiring as a result of political views in the judicial system, the financial and economic mess we are in, and so on and so on.

    Get real people, just because you hate Pres. Obama, let's not get blinded by the mess he is trying to clean up. Mary

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    No doubt Louis Caldera was instructed to make it look like it was all his fault and a big mistake.
    More than likely it was suggested that he should resign or suffer the same fate as that of Vince Foster in Ft. Marcie Park when Clinton was president. Don't be fooled,obama can make Clinton look like an amateur.

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. From San Diego

    "But then, any body that voted for obama is a very stupid person."

    Unlike the idiots like the one who wrote the above comment, who voted for Bush and defended every illegal and stupid thing that administration did that had brought America down to its knees today. I guess to you idiots, that is "Great achievements". Just get your head of your ideological dogmatic holes and look around you and see what has been done to America, economically, politically, and relation and attitudes all around the world, and then look at the mirror and spit on the one you see for defending the previous administration.

    May 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. JonDie

    As well he should have. It was a bonehead decision.

    But what a contrast with Bush; not one Bush appointee EVER was held responsible or accountable for any of the many CRIMES committed by Bush and his lackeys, NOT ONE.

    Obama-Biden 2012.

    May 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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