The haves and the have nots. I think queen nancy p (who wants a big military jet to fly her, family, and friends around) should tax those rich slobs so hard they have to fly commercial! And they ought to strip search them with some TSA goons before they board. I bet some of them even had Viagra in their luggage.
"Queen" Pelosi is seeking the same privilege that her predecessor, Denny Hastert had - a military plane that can fly non-stop to her home district. Just because she lives farther away doesn't mean she shouldn't have the same perk Hastert had. If the Speaker happened to be from Hawaii, well they'd have to provide a long range 777. (BTW - the White House is supporting her request).
Hastert did not have access to a huge jet that Bug Eyed wants and did not fly his staff or family. Can you say hypocrite?
Hastert had a plane that could fly non-stop to Chicago. Pelosi wants one that can fly non-stop to Calif. Can you say equality?
This item started about the large number of private planes in the air and got off track. As for Pelosi, here's what she said last night on Fox ..."They told me the first day that I was supposed to go that I couldn't make it across the country. And I said well, that's fine, I'm going commercial. ... I'm not asking to go on that plane. If you need to take me there for security purposes, you're going to have to get a plane that goes across the country, because I'm going home to my family. ... I'm happy to go commercial. But they want me to go on this plane, so the issue was distance, not size. And again, it's not about having a plane. It's about having transportation. These planes are used for other purposes in between trips, which are, you know, take place once or twice a week, going or coming. So, it isn't about that. But there are probably those in the Department of Defense who are not happy with my criticism of Secretary Rumsfeld, the war in Iraq, other waste, fraud and abuse in the Defense Department and I guess this is their way of making their voices heard. But it has nothing to do, as I say, with the president of the United States. He has encouraged my having the security I need."
I don't mind if she has access to secure transportation. Comes with the territory, and the times. If something happens to Bush and Cheney, doesn't she become president? I could be forgetting a step, but I think that's right. There's probably always a number of military aircraft that need to make the trip back and forth anyway. We're falling for this being made a political issue by the nanny nanny boo boo people. Aren't we smarter than that on this blog?
1:46, Sure, I can say equality. But Hastert didn't fly staff and family. I read now where she wants a private bedroom also. Can you say hypocrite?
6:50 - what you hear from the Fox newsy guys doesn't make it true. Show me where she asked for "bedrooms." And Hastert did fly his aids and other congressmen on "his" plane.This has already been shown to be a hollow story run wild. Pelosi just insists on flying non-stop to the west coast. She said if the military couldn’t provide that type of plane, she'd fly commercial. Period. BTW, not only does the President and Vice President have military planes at their disposal but so do all of the cabinet officers. Maybe there are too many flying military but let's look at all of them, not just the person 2nd in line for the presidency.
Update on the false Pelosi flap from CNN:WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not request a larger plane for personal use to travel cross-country without stopping, Bill Livingood, the House sergeant at arms, said Thursday.Livingood said the request was his, and he made it for security reasons."The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable," Livingood, who has been at his post for 11 years, said in a written statement.
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