But take heart, at least somebody in the White House press corp is on it. They lightly hectored Robert Gibbs today:
Q A quick follow on something else. There was a report this morning suggesting that the White House doesn’t want to release the photos from the Air Force jet fly -- over Manhattan. Why wouldn’t you release those photos? And what's the status of the President's review of what went wrong here at the White House?Pretty good answer--for a ten year old. One might think the White House would have briefed Gibbs since it was an aide to Obama who said yesterday they wouldn't be released. Doesn't he have Obama's Blackberry number? The reporter continued with a follow up:
MR. GIBBS: We anticipate the review will be done this week. I've watched CNN -- I didn’t notice a lack of archival material from that flight. I can --
Q No, from inside the plane, from -- the photos they took, we haven't seen those.
MR. GIBBS: I don't know where those are.
Q Robert, can you try and get us an answer as to why the White House doesn't want to release those Air Force One photos?This has been one weird trip, however in all honesty it could be explained by Obama's willingness to admit every mistake short of his own.
MR. GIBBS: Sure.
Q Is that definite, you're just not going to --
MR. GIBBS: Wait a minute, Mark said would I try, and I said, yes. So you're -- let me find Mark's answer before you follow up with the negative.
A new day, a new way:
Q You took Mark's question yesterday on the status of the video flyover. What's the status?Interesting the first words out of his mouth were "the President" when asked about the status. But OK, now a photo. They've probably concluded that the anger has subsided enough. Also, as Debbie mentioned in comments it would be highly hypocritical to release more Abu Ghraib detainee torture shots and not the tortured citizens of New York running for their lives from Air Force One on a 30 degree bank at 1200 feet.
MR. GIBBS: The President -- I'm sorry -- the report I believe will be concluded at some point this week. We'll release its findings and release a photo.
Chances are both the report and picture will be released simultaneous to something much more sensational or perhaps on Friday evening.
Gibbs was at his best today. Let's go to the transcript:
Q Robert, on the Air Force One Manhattan fly-by, I just wanted to clarify, are you guys going to be releasing the picture from that?"6:31 on Friday", gotta love that comment. And he certainly didn't deny it.
MR. GIBBS: Yes.
Q And when will that be?
MR. GIBBS: Sometime this week.
Q Sometime this week, okay.
Q It's Thursday. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: You can't get anything by you guys, can you? (Laughter.)
Q At 6:31 p.m. on Friday?
Q Not necessarily today?
MR. GIBBS: Not necessarily today.
Q Can you rule out today?
MR. GIBBS: I can -- hence not necessarily today.
Q So then it's tomorrow.
MR. GIBBS: Man, I'm telling you what, these guys -- (laughter) -- go slow writing this transcript. (Laughter.) There's a lot of knowledge.