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New White House Military Office Director Announced

By Ed O'Keefe

Photos including this one led to a change in leadership at the White House Military Office. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

Career Defense Department employee George D. Mulligan Jr. will serve as the new director of the White House Military Office, the White House announced Friday.

The office oversees all Pentagon staff and operations that support the president (including Air Force One flights). Mulligan has served as the office's deputy director since 2005 and held several other positions there since 1994.

Mulligan succeeds Louis E. Caldera, who resigned after approving an Air Force One flight over Lower Manhattan so the Air Force could photograph the presidential plane above the New York City skyline. After several FOIA requests, the Air Force released the photos.

The news of Mulligan's promotion, Caldera's resignation and the release of the photos all occurred on Fridays, a pattern consistent with a Washington tradition of releasing sensitive or potentially controversial information on Friday afternoons, assuring the news gets mentioned on the less-popular Friday newscasts or in the less-read Saturday newspapers. (And in this online age, the news was released around 5 p.m. ET, just as Web traffic starts to fall off a cliff.)

(This bit of media strategy was immortalized in a classic NBC "West Wing" episode called "Take Out the Trash Day.")

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 6:01 PM ET
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I would have thought that this was such a non-story that there would be no reason to announce it secretively (that is, on a Friday night). By doing so, they're telling the media that they don't want the story to get attention.

Posted by: Dungarees | October 16, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dungarees, can you expect anything different from these useless POS'S. This is how "INEXPERIENCED HACKS" WORK always using the BACK DOOR just like BARNEY FRANK. The worst one being "THE MESSIAH", he is the BIGGEST JOKE.

Posted by: otisplumber | October 19, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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