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Obama Relocated When Plane Strayed

By Michael A. Fletcher
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama was "briefly relocated" after a single-engine airplane strayed into restricted air space near the U.S. Capitol on Friday, sparking a short lockdown at the White House.

Gibbs would not say where Obama was moved to, and he said he had no information on whether first lady Michelle Obama was also relocated. Speaking at his daily press briefing, Gibbs said the president was moved out of an "abundance of caution."

Not long after the incident, Obama appeared in the White House for an event promoting his plans to make college more affordable.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 24, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
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bushieisa - The preliminary report I heard is that it was a faulty GPS on the plane. Equipment failure, nothing more.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 26, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely essential to protect Obama and/or Biden. If something happens to both of them say hello to the Great Mother of All Wing-Nuts President Pelosi. I threw up a little even typing that.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | April 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I've had it with bozos intruding into restricted airspace of all kinds. Fine the daylights out of the pilot and suspend the license, pending mandatory remedial training. There is no excuse for this, outside of a major emergency, for this kind of operational misconduct.

Posted by: bushieisa | April 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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