“White House aides who actually made them remove the F-22, said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form,” one source close to the unit relayed, because they didn’t want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end. Instead they demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15.
(Part of the reason he ended the F-22 production program is because it is Israel’s favored fighter jet. In fact, Israel, India, and Japan had already placed orders for dozens of the planes when he cancelled the program)
When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But Obama didn’t want it there. The airmen took offense to the Obama aides’ demand, sources told The Cable, seeing it as a slight to the folks who are operating the F-22 proudly every day. They also expressed bewilderment that the White House staff would even care so much as to make an issue out of the fact that the F-22 was placed in the hangar with the president.
A White House official, commenting on background basis, told The Cable that yes, there were discussions about which plane or planes would be in the hangar, but that they were not meant as an insult to the pilots and other personnel who work on the F-22. The official couldn’t elaborate on why the White House aides felt it necessary to get involved in the matter in the first place.
Even so, the Air Force personnel thought it odd the White House wanted to display the older plane rather than the more advanced plane that, in the eyes of its supporters, represents the latest and greatest in American aviation. (Obama HATES American excellence, and hates the military, that’s why)
The Obama administration fought hard and successfully to cut off production of the F-22 at 187 planes, a number that was hundreds less than originally planned and about half of the 381 planes Air Force leadership lobbied hard for in the years preceding Obama’s inauguration.
“It’s one thing to be against further production; quite another to slight the folks who are flying them in the operational world,” one source said, adding that “the F-15 pictured was put into service roughly around the same period when Obama graduated from college. It’s vintage.” LINK H/T INFIDEL CZAR
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