Monday, April 27, 2009


I'd love to make the wingnuts happy by saying that this traumatized me and made me wonder what on earth the fascist/socialist/egoist Obama administration was thinking, but, um, I'm in Midtown rather than Downtown, so I completely missed it. Sounds poorly thought out, admittedly...

An Air Force One lookalike, the backup plane for the one regularly used by the president, flew low over parts of New York and New Jersey on Monday morning, accompanied by two F-16 fighters, so Air Force photographers could take pictures high above the New York harbor.

But the exercise -- conducted without any notification to the public -- caused momentary panic in some quarters and led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City....

Will New York ever recover? Um, yes, I believe even people who were shaken up by it will recover:

Carlina Rivera, 25, who works at an educational services company on the 22nd floor of 1 Liberty Plaza, said her co-workers were spooked in part because their offices are so close to the site of the 9/11 attack....

Ms. Rivera, who was a high school student in the East Village when the 9/11 attack occurred, added, "I did feel a little bit foolish for staying in the office while everyone left."

... Ms. Rivera continued: "Of course, everyone had to take out their cellphones and say, 'You can come back, it’s O.K.' Eventually they returned with some sort of comfort food....”

They're New Yorkers. They'll bounce back -- they'll gain weight, but they'll bounce back.

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