Air Faux One (Obama’s Plane) Makeover

22 Jul

The Obama campaign spent $300,000 on a makeover for his plane.

By Bonnie Kapp for Fox Embed:

Sally, a nickname bestowed upon Barack Obama’s chartered 757 by some in the traveling press, has returned to service after undergoing a month-long makeover for the general election. Her inaugural flight – sans candidate – will be to Amman, Jordan, with a refuel stop in Ireland. There are 69 passengers on board, including 38 members of the press, Secret Service agents, and Obama staffers, including several of Obama’s top foreign policy advisors. 

The North American jet that flew Obama and his traveling crew around for much of the primary season was refurbished with new seats and power for each passenger a must on the campaign trail. And the plane that once had an American flag on its tail now sports the Obama “O.” “Change We Can Believe In” and the candidate’s website are splayed across both sides of the fuselage, making this 757 anything but inconspicuous.

Also new to the plane: mesh curtains that divide the press and Secret Service from the staff and candidate’s parts of the plane. While Obama and his staff get first class seating, press and agents are relegated to standard 3 seats-per-row seating. But, staffers advise us that some rows were taken out of the plane to give us more leg room.

Prior to getting refurbished, the plane sported hundreds of photographs documenting life on the campaign trail. While her walls are bare now, expect a more personal cabin after the press get reacquainted with the plane on this 14-hour journey to the Middle East.

Check out some photos of the new and improved 757 below.

Press Section of the Plane

First Class for Staff. Beyond the silver curtain is where Obama will sit. The section has just four Lay-Z-Boy style seats, at least one of which is embroidered with the Obama ‘08 logo in its headrest. The roomy section has just one other feature – a table for four.

Obama’s throne is clearly marked “Obama ’08 PRESIDENT”

Where there once was a flag there now is the great symbol of Obamanation.


6 Responses to “Air Faux One (Obama’s Plane) Makeover”

  1. Ellen Salas August 5, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    The removal of the American flag from the plane epitomizes Obama’s disdain for our nation.

  2. Fos Demiel August 6, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Ms. Salas is obviously NOT paying attention. The flag that was removed was the livery of North American Airlines. The American flag is now in line with the registration number which is common practice for airline operations worldwide.

    A flag does NOT appear on aircraft as a patriotic symbol. It is an identification of the national origin of the aircraft. If the operator chooses to incorporate it as more of a decorative element, they are at liberty to do so within the limits of flag use prescribed by the operating country.

    While it may disappoint Ms. Salas and others who insist on dealing with the superficiality of the campaign, PRIVATE aircraft (usually corporate) have exteriors or interiors which reflect the branding and style palate of the corporation (owner/operator). Whining about Mr. Obama’s interior decoration is like complaining about your neighbor’s wallpaper.

    Let’s deal with the issues people!

  3. Alex August 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Fos Demiel- You miss the point completely. It is NOT about the plane it’s about Obama’s judgement.

    Obama’s new to the political stage. Voters are looking at many areas to determine if he is qualified for the job like gauging his judgement and character.

    In removing the symbol of America and replacing it with a symbol of Obama, he upset many who are questioning his judgement and ego.

    He’s faced questions about his patriotism already (flag pin, not holding his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance) instead of leaving the American flag as is, he replaces it with his own symbol! It smacks of stupidity and poor judgement.

    As to your comparision of this being like ‘complaining about your neighbor’s wallpaper’ – my neighbor is not running for President of America.

    When Obama loses (in the past week he’s dropped 9 points) it will be due to instances like this plane makeover that fed into the underlining concern that Obama cares more about himself than the American people.

    I suspect Obama dropped 9 points this past week because voters right now don’t care that Obama can work the world stage. They care if he can work for them on the US stage.

    It’s actions like replacing the American flag on his plane that are costing Obama the election. Not because people care what is on the tail of his plane, but because they’re not sure Obama cares about them over his ego.

    Voters want a hard working humble public servant who will tirelessly work on behalf of the people not a man who jets around the world acting like a celebrity.

  4. John October 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    Isn’t it interesting that the Obama camp and the elite media can critisize the amount paid for Sarah Palin’s clothing that will eventually be donated to charity and no mention of the 300,000 dollars paid for the Obamanation plane make-over.

  5. apple_maven October 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    John, great point! Also, no one talks about the cost of Michelle Obama’s makeover. You know the one where the campaign hired stylist to redo her image right before her first appearance on The View. No talks about what that cost the Obama campaign. It’s outrageous.

  6. Holland October 23, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Why do they even discuss her clothing allowance at all? Are they researching Obama, Biden, or McCain’s wardrobe expenses? No, only the female candidate is under scrutiny for her clothing costs. Typical.

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