William Shakespeare had it all wrong! The evil that men do, does not live after them, it haunts the victims of the evil for the rest of their lives. And so when a Boeing 747 flew frighteningly close to the lower Manhattan skyline, residents haunted by the September 11 attacks scrambled for safety. The lesson: the right of any plane to fly as low as it likes, stops where buildings and human heads begin - except there is prior notice.
It is noteworthy that the high-flying President Barack Obama was furious at this low-flying jet plane. And it is paradoxical that throughout the tenure of the low-flying George Bush, his presidential planes were high-flying. Perhaps Bush kept his planes up in the sky to avoid critics from stoning it, but Obama's team seems to think planes should be kept low so that supporters could hang garlands on them.
But New Yorkers do not hang garlands on anyone or anything… they think differently. And they do not like bees or any flying object humming over their heads. They want planes lifted up to where the eagles fly… up on the mountains high. A low-flying plane is the metaphor for a flying bomb and these times are too perilous to stand and watch planes nosedive and do aerial acrobatics. The evil man and terrorist-in-chief, Osama bin Laden, buried the luxury of watching low-flying planes with the ashes of the World Trade Centre.
Already Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office responsible for the controversial low-altitude flyover by the plane used as Air Force One has resigned over the furor generated by the flight. If Caldera were a chicken farmer, he would have known that it is the place of Mother Hen to warn chickens that a kite is up above. He would therefore have alerted the New York mayor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is yet to disclose where he took air shelter on this day, was mad, "I'm annoyed -- furious is a better word -- that I wasn't told," . He described the decision by the White House Military Office and Federal Aviation Administration to not to inform him and residents as "ridiculous" and "poor judgment."
President Obama has accepted Caldera's resignation. Serves Caldera right! Presidential aides should know that a high-flying presidency should not be run on low-flying jets. Especially, if people are not informed to be careful with their headgear and hats on certain days because jets would be flying at head top height.