Thu, Nov 08, 2007
Obama Charter Lands At Wrong IA Airport
candidate Barack Obama is used to being greeted by crowds wherever
he goes... which made his arrival Tuesday night in Des Moines, IA a
No one was waiting at the airport to greet his chartered plane
-- but it turns out there was a good reason for that. Obama was
supposed to land in Cedar Rapids, about 100 miles east of the
"We just seemed to overshoot the runway by about 150 miles
apparently," Obama quipped Wednesday during a campaign stop in
Wapello. "We were just curious -- usually the Secret Service pulls
their cars up real quickly, and we looked around and nobody was
It is unclear whether the aircraft was dispatched to the wrong
city by the charter operator, or if the pilot entered the
wrong 'Direct-To' destination into the GPS, or what.
Campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor told Fox News the unplanned Des
Moines stop put Obama behind schedule by about an hour.
Those waiting to hear the Illinois senator speak didn't
complain, though. While they waited, they took to 'dancing and
chanting,' according to news reports.
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