Over the E-mail Transom: Obama Interrupts Air Force Academy Graduation

Russ Steele

This came to me from friend with Retired Air Force son living in Colorado Springs, it is a bit dated, but I did not see any of this in the press.

I just wanted to pass on a little info in case some of you were not aware of this. Yesterday [May 23rd] was the Air force Academy graduation ceremony. My friend from Texas had just arrived and we drove down the road to watch the Thunderbirds fly over after the ceremony was finished. 

Most of you know Pres. Obama spoke at the ceremony and handed out the diploma’s. When this finished it was time for the Thunderbirds to fly-over. There was one fly-over then they disappeared. A man standing by me called a friend at Peterson Field and found out that the fly-over was halted because Obama wanted to leave.

 A helicopter soon appeared and flew around in a circular pattern above where we were – basically doing reconnaissance as Obama’s motor-cade was exiting the Air Force Academy. He was going to Denver to do some more campaigning since Colorado is a swing state. After he left the Thunderbirds came back and continued the show for the graduates. Think about this. Obama comes to a graduation, speaks etc. then decides to leave before the Thunderbirds can complete their fly-over. They had to fly around, & waste fuel. 

Thousands of people – the graduating cadets, parents, friends, observers in the vicinity parked in lots waiting to see them fly, inconvenienced, so Obama – his “highness’ could leave to go campaign in Denver! 

How disrespectful of EVERYONE in attendance. It would have taken only about 20-30 minutes more time to stay until the fly-over was finished thereby honoring the graduates, Thunderbirds and the military in general. However, this narcissistic disgrace of a ‘Commander -in-Chief” had to inconvenience everyone and leave interrupting the ceremony fly-over because everything is about him. I was disgusted by this and so was everyone else standing around near us. 

I hope this info gets passed on so others can learn how disrespectful this Pres. is toward the military. Not too many who witnessed this will be voting for him.

Thought I should do my part and pass on this information, as it was not covered in the lame steam press, at least that I can find.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

21 Responses to Over the E-mail Transom: Obama Interrupts Air Force Academy Graduation

  1. Brad Croul says:

    Russ, I know everybody loves these (perceived snub) things. My father forwarded me the same email this afternoon. The grapevine is humming today. I checked with snopes, gasp!, and they said it is true (but without the negative editorializing).
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/airforcegrad.asp
    But, hey, he is the leader of the free world and could have had some work to do between graduation speeches and fundraising (maybe eat lunch, or zap another terrrorist, or moonwalk over a nearby body of water 🙂

    • stevefrisch says:

      Lets see, I can have President of the United States hand me my diploma, or I can see the Thunderbirds again. One in a lifetime opportunity, or a summer schedule with 64 shows.

      http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123282816

      • Russ says:

        I think the point was that the graduates, the parents, the guests, were less important than Obama’s schedule. The fly-over would have only last 20-30 minutes at the most. At least it was impolite to make everyone wait for the “O” to depart.

      • Bend over kiss booty. Good call SteveF!

      • Greg Goodknight says:

        Russ, anyone operating an unscheduled general aviation aircraft nowadays are getting delayed hours and even days due to VIP flights creating onerous Temporary Flying Restrictions.

        When Obama flies into SFO for fundraisers, the airspace around him is closed down for the duration. Hours or even days long. When Harry Reid flies into and out of Las Vegas, GA is completely shut down in the area for a several hour window as the TFR radius covers all the smaller airports, too.

        This isn’t just a Democratic thing. Bush during the Katrina response was in a catch-22… damned for not flying into the area to prove he cared, and damned when he did fly into the area because that meant the GA aircraft flying in people and supplies, and flying people back out, were grounded for the duration.

        This is all a post 9/11 overreaction, and in the case of the show for the graduation, yes, let the president leave so as to make good (?) use of his time and so that every airplane in the area that isn’t a Southwest flight can have a chance to leave, or land if it’s waiting outside of the TFR veil.

      • Greg Goodknight says:

        Following the snopes links, Obama was next off to Denver, and then on to SFO and Silicon Valley, where the President’s overnight presence put a lid on all non-scheduled flights in and out of the area for the better part of 24 hours. The Denver TFR and the SFO/Silicon Valley TFR would have been scheduled in advance, and any delay would have impacted many on down the line.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I stoutly defend every person’s right to make an ass of themselves in public. However, there is such a thing as abusing a privelege.

  3. Sue says:

    The President was scheduled to campaign in Denver, he knew how long it would take for flyovers, but he choose to disrespect the people of this great nation once again all while using taxpayer dollars! Once again he has shown us he could care less about the people of this great nation and more about himself and his agenda of turning this country into another Europe. Wake up people!!!!

    • Brad Croul says:

      Obama disrespected America because he did not stay for the entertainment? The Thunderbirds basically “fly around and waste fuel” anyway, so I think the “false outrage” of this email forward is over the top. Don’t get me wrong though, it is cool to watch the birds in action but most impressive for little kids, like I was when I first saw them. But this was an Air Force Academy graduation. I think they have seen a jet, or 6, fly over before.

  4. You people make every excuse for a like minded persons bad behavior. So transparently ignorant of manners.

  5. Joanna Funkhouser says:

    I’m sick of listening to people make a huge deal over anything they can find. I swear…you guys sound like a pack of hens scratching around to find something…ANYTHING they can to bitch about and totally ignore perfectly plausible explanations as to what was probably a very good reason! Jeez Louise!!!!

    • Russ says:

      And the very good reason for being impolite and dissing the folks was?

      • I’m happy to see everyone here working to manage the President’s schedule. I’m sure waiting 20 minutes for the Thunderbirds to come back was a terrible imposition on the families of the graduates, who had just had the thrill of seeing their loved ones handed their diplomas by the President of the United States of Ametica, and almost all of whom were there for the long graduation weekend from all over the country (by the way the Thunderbirds performed twice that weekend.)

        I’m not sure what more a Democratic President has to do to garner respect from the right wing, conspiracy theorist, fanatics who post here: he has been stronger against terrorism than any other US Preident, expanded ‘Homeland Security’, continued the war in Iraq far longer than his own constituencies would have preferred, and the war in Afghanistan for a decade (much to my chagrin), his Defense Secretary is actually supporting increasing military spending during the worst recession in modern history, and he ordered and achieved the killing of Osama bin Laden, under circumstances where many of his military experts were saying the raid may have had too great a risk of failure.

        In short, Barack Obama has continued the neo-con defense policies of the previous administration.

        What else would you crackers have him do, bend over and whistle Dixie?

        Face it boys, you just hate the Preident, and NOTHING he oes is ever going to be good enough for any of you.

        The intellectual dishonesty of the crew here is absolutely appalling. At least I had the decency to call President Bush by his title, respect the ofice, and point out where I agreed with him on the rare occasios I did (like immigration reform, transportation and infrastructure funding, and some education policy). You guys have one goal–destroy the President of the United States–so your preferred people can gain power. How patently UN-patriotic is that?

      • It is not surpring that SteveF would be impolite and support bad manners. Obama is his GOD.

  6. Brad Croul says:

    Todd, hardly. Like it or not, Obama outranks the Thunderbirds. They stand down when he says, not the other way around.
    I can’t believe You people actually think this was a newsworthy event – it just looks trivial and desperate to try to make a big thing of this.

  7. BradC, you people seem to think the President is some sort of God while we know he is just a man. He will is a classic example of a narcissist and he has bed manners. We common folk desrve better than to be dissed this way.

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