One of the good things about keeping in touch with friends still in the military is that I find out stuff that usually doesn't make the papers.
Apparently the Fly-by of Air Force One was intended to record the lacksidaisical reaction of New Yorkers to a low flying aircraft, and not a photo-op. There were official photographers on the ground who were supposed to take pictures of New Yorkers simply watching the plane go by, or even waving to Obama. It was to be a way to show that even New Yorkers, including some who were at Ground Zero on 9-11, were over 9-11, and the fears that memory brings. It was a huge push by the Obama White House to show the rest of the nation how little 9-11 matters to those who lived through it. They knew they couldn't go to the Pentagon for such a show, as those folks are still fighting the ragheads, and the war they started with 9-11 isn't over.
Kinda backfired, didn't it? I'd be interested in knowing who the folks on the ground were that were supposed to record the friendly waves at AF1.