When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska’s ElmendorfAir Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter planein the hanger. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded theplane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn’t want Obamaspeaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.
“White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-saidthey would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, orform,” one source close to the unit relayed.
Stephen Lee, a publicaffairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 wasparked in the hanger and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House’sbehest.
The airmen there took offense to the Obama aides’ demand,sources told The Cable, seeing it as a slight to the folks who areoperating the F-22 proudly every day. They also expressed bewilderment that theWhite House staff would even care so much as to make an issue out of the factthat the F-22 was placed in the hanger with the president.
Obama staff order F-22 snubbing at Alaska appearance
By Stephen Trimble on 2 December, 2009 in Uncategorised
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