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White House accepts blame for panic caused by Air Force One

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(Read caption) Shortly after Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' press briefing this afternoon, his press office released a statement from the director of the White House Military Office taking blame for the decision to use one of the president's planes in a photo op over Lower Manhattan today. The low-flying plane created a panic among New Yorkers.

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You can bet as soon as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs left the podium on Monday, he was on the phone with the White House Military Office (WHMO) demanding answers.

It was apparent that he didn't have any when asked by the White House press corps why one of President Obama's airplanes was involved in an incident earlier today that panicked thousands of New Yorkers.

Background

In case you haven't heard about it, a Boeing 747 escorted by F-16 fighter jets swooped down on Lower Manhattan this morning causing New Yorkers to spill out on the street thinking their city was under attack again.

Instead, the plane was just being used in a photo op. And no one from New York questioned the FAA's direction to keep news of the event from filtering out to the public.

You can read more about this here.

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