It is a nice picture, isn't it? Sure, they scared the hell out of a few thousand people in lower Manhattan to get it, but really it's a gorgeous result. Nicely balanced, beautiful composition. Really a fine piece of work.
And was it all worth it? Well, probably not for Louis Caldera:
A top White House aide resigned Friday for his role in Air Force One's $328,835 photo-op flyover above New York City that sparked panic and flashbacks to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Here's a thought. Next time, maybe the White House ought to take a look at the Internets. You can get a pretty good result with Photoshop and you can get it for less than $700.
I know a few people who are pretty good at Photoshop, too, and they'd be happy to teach Team Obama how to use it, for only a nominal fee, I'm thinking. In fact, you could hire maybe 4 or 5 of them on full-time for the money that was spent on this little photo opportunity.
C'mon, Mr. President. Pick up the phone. Give Mr. D a call. I'll be happy to give you a referral.