Leaders Attended Events A Few Miles Apart, Air Traffic
There is probably really no way this could have been avoided,
but it perhaps sends mixed messages about Earth Day. Both President
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden traveled to New York City on
Thursday ... Earth Day ... to separate events in separate jumbo
Air Force One is a highly-modified 747. Air Force Two, the Vice
Presidential transport, is built on a 757 airframe.
The blog NYC Aviation pointed out that, along with the separate
airplanes, there are the inevitable traffic problems associated
with a Presidential or Vice Presidential visit, as well as the
TFR's that could keep airplanes circling while waiting for an
arrival slot or diverting to an airport that is not under the
high-level VIP restriction.
Neither appearance had a particular Earth-Day theme ... Obama
spoke on banking and finance regulations at Cooper Union, an art
and engineering college in New York City. Biden was in the city to
make an appearance on "The View."
Still, no one would suggest that both leaders should travel in
the same aircraft, particularly after what just happened with the
Polish delegation in Russia. But the Presidency is about symbolism
as well as substance. And with the amount of attention given to the
environmental impact of airlines, and how much fossil fuel they
burn, we feel it's something that might have been vetted just a