On May 2, 2009 on the live chat, the Zetas said the Air Force flyover incident had been done to embarrass Obama, and had been done by a hold over from prior administrations.
- Much has been made of this incident because even the official explanation does not make sense. Why have a photo op of an Air Force One plane flying over Ground Zero? Why would the Obama administration even desire this? We have stated that there are many enemies of Obama plotting against him. The whole campaign to get him dismissed as President because of a supposed birth certificate issue is one such campaign. This is still being pressed, but will as we have stated, fail on the merits. There are those within the Republican party who are furious that Obama won and is installed as President. Cheney is livid over having been removed from power. There are individuals within the federal government who can be expected to cooperate with efforts to diminish and at the very least embarrass Obama. This flyover was not at Obama's directives, nor any directive at those close to him in the White House. Those responsible will be dealt with, behind the scenes. Unfortunately, more of this nonsense can be anticipated.
- ZetaTalk: GLP Live Chat, written May 2, 2009
Days later information came out revealing that a military holdover from prior administrations had ordered the flyover, and failed to inform White House staff. His resignation was accepted.
- White House aide resigns over N.Y. flyover
May 8, 2009
- A White House military aide who authorized an Air Force flyover of New York that caused panic among some people in the city resigned. Louis Caldera said in a resignation letter to President Barack Obama that the controversy over the mission - a photo shoot of a jumbo jet used as Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background - made it impossible for him to lead the White House Military Office. The flight over lower Manhattan for a photo shoot scared some New Yorkers who remembered the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 involving hijacked airliners that destroyed the World Trade Center. Some people panicked and evacuated office buildings when the planes flew over. Caldera had approved the mission. His resignation came on the same day Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a letter to Senator John McCain that the photo shoot cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $357,000. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama had accepted the resignation. Obama had been described as furious when the incident occurred on April 27 and demanded a review. Caldera did not notify relevant White House officials about the flyover in advance. "When asked why he failed to do so, he did not offer a coherent explanation. He stated that it was not a conscious decision - he did not intend not to notify them," it said. "Instead, he suggested that it may have been an oversight."