I'm Getting Embarassed For Them Now
This is the next lie to cover up the lies: We thought it was a British Airlines pilot because he had a British accent. Goodness.
Dec. 4, 2003 | WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House offered its third version
Thursday of a pilot who spotted Air Force One while it flew to Iraq -- a sighting that if publicly disclosed would have scrubbed President Bush's Thanksgiving Day visit to U.S. troops in Baghdad.
The White House said the British accent of a pilot had led the Air Force One crew into thinking it was a British Airways operator who saw the presidential Boeing 747 on its surprise flight.
Earlier, White House communications director Dan Bartlett had said a British Airways plane radioed the tower in London and reported the apparent sighting. Before that, Bartlett had left the incorrect impression that the conversation had taken place between the British Airways pilot and the pilot of Air Force One, Col. Mark Tillman.
Asked about the legalities of filing a phony flight plan
, McClellan said: "The American people understand the importance of not compromising security, not only for the president of the United States, but for those on board the plane and those on the ground as well,'' McClellan said. "These are unusual circumstances.''