What in the hell were these idiots thinking?
Bloomberg said he found out that his city was being buzzed by planes when his BlackBerry began buzzing with complaints. “I’m annoyed – furious is a better word – that I wasn’t told,” the mayor said. “
If I had known about it, I would have called them right away and asked them not to.”
The planes appeared on the horizon around 10 a.m. and sent a chill through the city.
Flying in as low as 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet above New York City, they circled the Statue of Liberty before flying over Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey.
Before they vanished, hundreds of frightened people had jammed emergency phone lines, and thousands of terrified people evacuated from buildings in the city and across the river in New Jersey.
“I was crying and praying to God to forgive me my sins because I thought I was going to get killed,” said Kathleen Filandro, who fled from 1New York Plaza when she spotted the planes.
“It’s like someone coming up to you, sticking a gun to your head for 15 seconds, walking away and hearing 20 minutes later it was an undercover cop posing for a photo,” said Wall Street worker Bill Privett.
“I am still shaking,” he said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs appeared taken aback as reporters peppered him with questions about the incident.
“I have no information beyond what I saw” on news reports, Gibbs said at his afternoon press conference.
Utterly astonishing that those responsible didn’t take into consideration how the photo ops would be perceived from the ground, there’s no excuse to not have warned the general public days in advance, seeing that the president would not have been on board. KGS