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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  1. Hayden

    I'm surprised the Obamabots haven't blamed this on George Bush and the GOP also...

    May 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Mariann Pepitone

    conservative: Why should the person resign. Think about it. Common sense tells you to take a good picture you have to fly low. The problem is with the public. They should have been able to tell that it wasn't a terrorist plane going into a building. And Obama had to be aware of it first hand. Of course, he isn't going to admit it. And the public whined and panicked for nothing.

    May 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    He really shouldn't have resigned..I think the humilation from this was enough....a mistake surely, but not the end of the world (choice words).

    May 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. StuckinmoderationMari

    GOOD! Honestly........ what a STUPID idea!

    @ "The Death of America........".......... what a typical VILE comment from you, a GOPer......... and you, people wonder WHY the GOP's approval ratings are dismal!

    Sadly...... I bet you "claim" to be a Christian! Shame on you for your vitriolic remark.


    May 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    So the Obama administration holds someone accountable for their bad judgment and let's the go – something the Bush Adminsitration NEVER did (you're doin' a heck of a job brownie, here's your medal of freedom George, thanks for the info). and the right wingers complain and say he's a fall guy and was thrown under a bus. Further proof the right wing is full of wing nuts.

    May 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Gerda Edwards

    Nice picture.

    IMO any loss of job should have happened at the NYC level, where they were told, but it ended there. Typical of the Dems though - blame the Feds for everything, which is consistent with their nanny state mindset.

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. ran

    It really is time to move on over 9/11. remembering is fine but to allow it to control you is letting the terrorist win.

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    Lets recount the events:

    FIRST – Airforce 1 does an NYC fly-by on the Statute of Lib....

    NEXT – Obama announces the re-opening of the SOL crown..

    And you O'bots want to believe Obama knew NOTHING about the NYC fly-by???

    PLEASE!! Obama ordered up and signed off on the fly-by.... to commemorate HIM and his re-opening of the SOL.

    IF you think AF1 is being commendered by some flunkie WH intern.... then you're dumber than an ACORN volunteer!

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. John, Rochester MN

    They went about it the wrong way, but at least they got an awesome picture out of it.

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    Saad: Stop whining. Mistakes are made every day and worse than that. Think of the soldiers getting killed in Iraq. Wasn't it a mistake to invade Iraq? And who cares about the plane flying low they should have went about their business and called it a day.

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Mary Ann

    That is an awesome looking picture and to have the statue of liberty in the photo is great. Put it on sale and 400,000K people who know that America is great will buy it. The $$$ will be recouped and all will be well.
    Mr Caldera did the honorable thing and he resigned for an innocent mistake.

    May 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. tony

    nice pic.

    May 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. LG in ATL

    Hmmm-I think it was a little lower than that. Yet one more example of manipulation of the truth.

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. To all you photoshop experts

    I laugh to myself quietly everytime I hear someone saying, "hey! i could have photoshopped that picture. what a waste of money!"

    I laugh because it wasn't just one picture. It was hundreds of pictures taken at multiple angles, locations, different filters, etc. I would love to see anyone photoshop hundreds of ~realistic~ pictures which include the president and/or airplane at various sights.

    May 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Terry B., Cape Coral, Fl

    What a bunch of knuckleheads. Does anyone seriously think that a B747 was highjacked, it's transponder turned off, all communications with the FAA cut, flew the airplane to NY City, a city that is still patrolled by armed fighter jets and got that close to buildings without being shot down? Apprerently there are bandwagon losers who really do think this. EVERYBODY in world can recognize the President of The United States airplane EXCEPT the cry babies in NY. I have no doubt that all of those feigning fright will be demanding money from the very government that they rail against. Doesn't matter, the terrorist have won, this is how they want us to act...SCARED!!!!

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. elliott

    It's a start. One down, quite a few to go..........maybe Osama, um Obama will be next......we can hope! Now that's CHANGE I can believe in!!

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    A Beutiful sight.

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. U.S. Common Sense

    What a crappy photo.

    May 8, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Darn! I was hoping it was Obama.

    May 8, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    I know I'm going to get jumped on for this, but you have to admit it was just a little bit comical. 🙂

    May 8, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Well, the Republican critics have their sacrificial scapegoat. Wonder if they'll let this go now???

    May 8, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Just what was he thinking...No one would notice this??

    And he didn't have the decency to let everyone in on the photo shoot. This could have been quite an experience, to let people know what they were going to do and invite them to come out to see this in action and have a good time.

    But secrecy seems to be the order of the day, and this stunt scared the hell out of so many, especially since this what so many saw on 9/11....A low flying jetliner over the city. At least he did the right thing by leaving.

    May 8, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Nate

    Well, it's a nice picture. Just not worth all of the fuss though.

    May 8, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Garp

    Keep hoping, eliott. If this is the best impeachable offense you people can come up with against Obama, hope is all you'll have. Although with Gingrich leading the charge, I'm sure there will be no end to the allegations. Sad.

    May 8, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Tom L.

    Why is there only one picture being released? I would imagine there are many more. What could they posssibly be hiding?

    May 8, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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