On a day when many Americans will be reflecting upon how they can reduce their impact on the environment, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will board separate jets in Washington on Earth Day morning to fly 250 miles up the east coast to New York, where they will land at separate airports to attend separate events within a few miles of each other.

The parallel visits of Air Force One (a 747/VC-25 aircraft) and Air Force Two (a 757/C-32A aircraft) will delay dozens, if not hundreds of commercial flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia and other nearby airports as no-fly zones are implemented. Jets will be forced to circle and burn more fuel as they wait for the VIPs to come and go. Their security contingents consisting of dozens of cars, SUVs and helicopters will burn even more. Throw in thousands of commuters’ cars and delivery trucks sitting idle in traffic as law enforcement closes large swaths of the city and you have yourself a very Earth-unfriendly day.

Carbon schmarbon, I’m not flying with that guy!

  1. LDA says:


  2. KMFIX says:

    Hmm.. What just happened to Poland? That is why they don’t fly on the same plane.

  3. pedro says:

    #18 All good and dandy. I find specially swell that they both decided to fly to celebrate earth day. Are you gonna tell your poppa Gory to calculate their carbon footprint for the feat? Sheeple!

  4. TheCommodore says:

    I think the real problem is this: Why in the heck does Obama let Biden travel and speak *anywhere*???!!!! The guy is a frakkin’ embarrassment. Leave him home.

  5. MAOM7 says:

    Another misinformed Dvorak-yes-man. Where do your contributors come from, Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” candidates?

    The pres and vice pres never fly together for safety reasons.

  6. just me says:

    Only one thing to say about this thread–fail.

  7. philgar says:

    I don’t blame President Obama. Biden is a tool. I’d make him take a different flight too.

  8. Derek says:

    Here’s an idea. Don’t freakin fly anywhere on Earth Day. Of course, asking Obama to spend on day not in front of a camera is like asking Barney Frank to speak without spitting. It’s never going to happen.

  9. Guy (CouchGuy) McLimore says:

    It never ceases to amuse me how often President Obama gets raked over the coals for procedures and practices that have been in place for many, many presidents before him. The president and VP never travel together for reasons that are obvious to anyone who has half a brain. This is a non-story. I’m surprised Dvorak bothered to link it.

  10. Schleprock says:

    It’s fascinating how people can’t seperate who they’ve been told the President is, from what his actions say he is. He’s a pretty darn smart, practical, moderate guy.
    Don’t get your information from people who profit from keeping you stupid. Limbaugh and Beck are profiting from simple minded people who feel special when they are a part of a mob.

  11. Rick Cain says:

    I want the President and VP in separate planes.

    You don’t want terrorists to take out both of them because they’re in the same place!

    Rightwing retards never minded when Cheney was always in hiding, flying around in his jet when Bush was doing something in public.

  12. Uncle Patso says:

    If they can pass higher fleet mileage requirements, they will have made up for it a million-fold.

  13. pedro says:

    #25 Another blonde missing the point.

    #31 Because rightwing retards are any different than leftyloon retards.

  14. Angus says:

    You didn’t think the green/conservation rules applied to the ruling class, did you?

  15. ScotterOtter says:

    Headline #1: Obama & Biden take different planes to same location on Earth Day

    Headline #2: Obama & Biden learn nothing from Poland plane crash and take same plane

    You can’t win with some people

  16. pedro says:

    #5 Actual headline: Obama & Biden celebrate Earth Day flying around in two planes.

  17. pedro says:

    My previous reply is directed to #35

  18. Greg Allen says:

    Oh my word… another ginned-up bogus “scandal” that the right wingers stupidly latch on to.

    Presidents and VPs in every administration haven’t usually fly together. I don’t think it’s any law or rule but it’s good security practice — just think of what happened to Poland’s leadership.

  19. pedro says:

    #38 Read my lips! The story is not them flying in different planes. The story is them being hypocrite touting “we need to save the earth” yet fly around to celebrate the day of observance for that statement.

    Just like you saying you care about earth yet keep sliding the issue to “stoopid people complaining they fly apart”. Poor deflection.