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Continuing Controversy of Speaker Of The House Pelosi's Private Jet-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email that
complains about Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, using a "Big Fat
Jet" that has the capacity for 200 passengers and wastes fuel when she
travels alone from her home state of California to Washington DC.
The Truth: On March 11, 2009, Newsmax
reported that "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been treating the United
States Air Force as her personal airline, blocking out multiple flights,
issuing last minute cancellations after planes and crew are prepped and
ready, and expressing outrage when the military aircraft weren’t
The article said it
was "based on Air Force documents obtained by
Judicial Watch, the
nonprofit organization that exposes government waste and corruption."
It also said that the Speaker made some requests for travel for her and
her husband that were in conflict to Department of Defense guidelines
and when denied accommodations on some occasions her staff seemed not to
take no for answer.
Click for story.
In December of 2008,
various eRumors were circulating about the Speaker of the House and her
choice of military aircraft for travel.
It was reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi does
occasionally travel on an aircraft provided by the US Air Force but this
is not of her own choosing.
Various news sources, including Fox,
CNN, CBS and MSNBC have reported back in February of 2007 that Speaker
of the House has been flying from coast to coast non-stop on a larger
sized Air Force jet aircraft at the recommendation of the House of
Congress Sergeant of Arms, Bill Livingood and the authorization of
President Bush. According to a CNN report on Feb 9, 2007, "Livingood
said the request was his, and he made it for security reasons."
In a statement on a CBS news website,
the Californian Congresswomen and Speaker of the House said that she actually prefers
to travel on commercial airliners where she can sit with her friends
and get work done.
According to a February 05, 2007 Fox
News article, Speaker Pelosi did inquire about an aircraft for a
Democratic party conference in Williamsberg, VA. The voyage was
about 152 miles and no plane was provided.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
And they want to talk about Sarah's dress. Republicans!
Are you out there?
Madame Pelosi wasn't happy with the small private jet
that comes with the Speaker's job, no, Madame Pelosi was aggravated that
this little jet had to stop to refuel, so she ordered a Big Fat 200 seat
jet that could get her back to California without stopping!
Many, many legislators walked by and grinned with glee
as Joe informed everyone that 's Nancy's Big Fat Jet costs us, the hard
working American tax payers, thousands of gallons of fuel every
Since she only works 3 days a week, this gas guzzling
jet gets fueled and she flies home to California , cost to the taxpayers
of about $60,000, one way!
As Joe put it, 'Unfortunately we have to pay to bring
her back on Monday night.' C2Cost to us another $60,000. Folks, that is
$480,000 per month and that is an annual cost to the taxpayers of
$5,760,000. No wonder she complains about the cost of this war, it might
cramp her style and she is styling, on my back and yours.
I think of the military families in this country doing
without and this woman, who heads up the most do-nothing Congress in the
history of this country, keeps fueling that jet while doing nothing
Madame Pelosi wants you and I to conserve our carbon footprint. She
wants us to buy smaller cars and Obama wants us to get a bicycle pump
and air up our tires.
These people are nuts.
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