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  • Obama Made Me Late

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on September 11th, 2008 (All posts by )

    I was in NYC recently and saw a big airplane over to the side of the tarmac, surrounded by police cars with flashing lights.  I had a long time to kill since we were in the never ending queue to get up to the runway at LaGuardia.  When I got up closer I could see that it was Obama’s plane – he was apparently in NYC meeting the faithful.  Here is an article about his plane (and McCain’s).

    All I can say is that he wasn’t exactly saving greenhouse gases in his trips.  It was a big full-size jet – a Boeing 757.  A big bus pulled up in front of the jetway, although I didn’t see anyone getting up (view was blocked).  The plane didn’t go to the terminal, it was out far on the corner of the tarmac by the runway, with the big stairway moving up to the front (just like in those old movies where the Beatles are getting off the plane).  The next thing I know, we were waiting in queue and his plane just pulled to the front of the line, directly in front of my flight.  They just moved to the front of the whole line.

    I didn’t have my blog camera with me or I’d have taken a photo.  But I can tell you that Obama left around 6pm Eastern time.

    He travels in style, that’s for sure.  He can run a campaign and knows how to get out of LaGuardia faster than any ordinary civilian, by just going directly to the plane and avoiding check in and security and then just cutting his big jet to the front.

     

    4 Responses to “Obama Made Me Late”

    1. Shannon Love Says:

      The entire cutting to the head of line, debarking away from the terminals is the work of the secret service.

      I have a similar story. Back in college I unkowningly tried to merge with Dick Gephart’s limo convey and nearly got rammed by the secret service as a result. I was just driving to class and then tried to change lanes when the car behind shot forward and missed me under a foot. I had to swerve and missed my turn. Only when I looked back did I realize I had cut into a convoy.

    2. Anonymous Says:

      Yes. I think this is incompatible with a republic. I once was held up over an hour when the SS froze the traffic around Newark Airport for over an hour for Clinton,but he was at least president than. Over time the SS has accreted more and more power.

    3. david foster Says:

      Bear this incident in mind next time you hear a politician talking about the nobility of “public service” and its moral superiority to those in the private sector.

      Bill Gates can buy any executive jet he wants, but all his money will not allow him to buy preferential treatment from LaGuardia Ground Control. Achieving certain political status, on the other hand, evidently does purchase such treatment.

    4. peoria Says:

      It’s not a big deal. They do it for security reasons. As for the size of his jet, his campaign and its contributors are paying for it, so good for them, I hope they waste more of their money.