Speaking of big 'ol planes...
My question is this: Where were they when Bush's presidential campaign was using one of the very planes about which they're bitching (a C-32, the military's version of a 757)--plus a C-17 and Air Force One--and tearing up runways by ignoring the warnings of locals?
When people refer to battlegrounds in presidential races, they are usually not thinking of airport runways. But those people probably have not heard of Runway 4/22 at the airport in Las Cruces, N.M.
The runway, the airport's longest, has been closed since President Bush made a campaign stop in August 2004. It has gouges six inches deep and a hundred yards long, which the city says were put there by two Air Force cargo planes accompanying the president. Las Cruces put the damage at $2.1 million.
The city said airport officials warned the Air Force that the planes, a giant C-17 and a military version of the 757, were too heavy, and that the hot asphalt would be too soft for landing that day.
When Bill Clinton paid a presidential visit, he landed at Holloman Air Force Base nearby, said Terence J. Kelly, a spokesman for Las Cruces. When Senator John Kerry and former Senator John Edwards, the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, visited, "they landed elsewhere," Mr. Kelly said.
After a year of discussions, the Air Force has offered $600,000 for repairs.
P.S. By the way, if this is the first your hearing of this, it's because, as I predicted, the press let this true story die, but the myth of Clinton tying up LAX for a haircut lives on.