White House officials said the purpose of the flight was to update the official photo of the plane, known as Air Force One when the president is aboard.
If that was the purpose, they did a real shitty job.
Look at the picture released by the White House today. Look at how the photographer - in one of the escort jets - got the glare off of the jet's canopy and, at the bottom, the edge of the canopy. And note that it is a shot of the Statue of Liberty looking out over New Jersey - rather than the skyline of New York City, which would have made this a much more dramatic and recognizable picture.
In short, a picture taken by an amateur, and not an official White House photographer.
Which raises the question - was this flight really for a photo op? Or - who was on the plane? I think the possibility of a joy ride for someone who in the past wrote a BIG check is present.
Please note what I had suggested some weeks ago: "Obama is going to use Air Force One like the Clintons used the Lincoln Bedroom. Be a $upporter . . . and get a plane ride."
I'm just saying . . .