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Exclusive: White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue
Wed, 12/02/2009 - 4:08pm
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 hanger. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn't want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.
"White House aides 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.
Stephen Lee, a public affairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 was parked in the hanger and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House's behest.
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
reply to post by Jackboot.Heel
It also makes a great platform to test other technologies against it. Like I said if you can't figure it out, I can't really help you.
Originally posted by nastalgik
I would take an Eagle over a Craptor any day. At least someone in Washington has some sense. I would rather have a proven air superiority fighter, the greatest one of all time that is, standing behind him then a trillion dollar program that isn't currently needed.