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President Obama Delayed Thunderbirds Air Show Following Air Force Academy Graduation- Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded email
about the 2012 graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs, CO on May 23rd. At the end of every graduation ceremony
there is a traditional fly over by the United States Air Force
Thunderbirds that is followed by an air show. The fly over is a precision maneuver where the
Thunderbirds fly over the graduates at the same moment that the future
U.S. Air Force Officers toss their combination caps in the air. Following the fly over
the Thunderbirds perform an air show for the assembled crowd. The email says
that President Obama had to leave after
the Thunderbirds conducted their flyover, which resulted in a costly delay of the scheduled performance of the precision flying team.
Affairs Officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs told
TruthOrFiction.com that the delay was normal and had
nothing to do with the President's departure from the area.
This portion of the Air Force Academy
graduation was something to see. At the very end of the graduation
ceremony the Master of Ceremonies announced that the Class of 2012 was
dismissed. At that moment the graduates tossed their combination
caps in the air and the Thunderbirds perform their flyover. Once the
caps are in the air children from the audience are released into the
graduate area to retrieve the tossed caps and are allowed to keep them as a souvenir.
The children are then escorted to an area where their parents can
meet up with them to return them to their seats.
An information page showing the scheduled events involving the
graduation is posted on the Academy web site, which shows the air show
beginning approximately thirty minutes after the close of the graduation
Click here for scheduled.
Video of the cap toss found on YouTube:
President Obama spoke at the U.S. Naval academy
commencement ceremony on May 24, 2013. It is not
required that a sitting U.S. President attend the commencement
ceremonies every year for all the military academies. Vice
President Biden was slated to speak to the class of 2013 at the U.S. Air
In 2013 the Thunderbirds were unable to make the traditional flyover
because of sequestration but their was a flyover of historical World War
II aircraft by the Texas Flying Legends. This according to an
article in the
Commemorative Air Force web site. The article said, 'Support
for these flyovers is also being provided by the Texas Flying Legends,
Commemorative Air Force and the National Museum of World War II
Aviation." The Commemorative Air Force is an organization that was
founded to "acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete
collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services
of the United States."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
From an Academy grad - 204 missions
over North Vietnam in an F-4
I just wanted to pass on a little info in case some of you were not
aware of this. Yesterday was the Air force Academy graduation ceremony.
My friend from Texas had just arrived and we drove down the road to
watch the Thunderbirds air show after the ceremony was finished. Most of
you know Pres. Obama spoke at the ceremony and handed out the diploma's.
When this finished it was time for the Thunderbirds to fly. There was
one maneuver then they disappeared.
A man standing by me called a friend
at Peterson Field and found out that the air show was halted because
Obama wanted to leave. A helicopter soon appeared and flew around in a
circular pattern above where we were - basically doing reconnaissance as
Obama's motor-cade was exiting the Air Force Academy. He was going to
Denver to do some more campaigning since Colorado is a swing state.
After he left the Thunderbirds came back and continued the show for the
Think about this . Obama comes to a graduation, speaks etc.
then decides to leave before the Thunderbirds can complete their air
show. They had to fly around, & waste fuel. Thousands of people - the
graduating cadets, parents, friends, observers in the vicinity parked in
lots waiting to see them fly, inconvenienced , so Obama - his "highness'
could leave to go campaign in Denver! How disrespectful of EVERYONE in
It would have taken only about 20-30 minutes more time to
stay until the fly-over was finished thereby honoring the graduates,
Thunderbirds and the military in general. However, this narcissistic
disgrace of a 'Commander -in-Chief" had to inconvenience everyone and
leave interrupting the ceremony fly-over because everything is about
him. I was disgusted by this and so was everyone else standing around
near us. I hope this info gets passed on so others can learn how
disrespectful this Pres. is toward the military. Not too many who
witnessed this will be voting for him.
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