White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera submitted a letter of resignation May 8, the same day the White House released the photo taken of that infamous flight over Manhattan. His resignation is effective Friday.
Caldera was quick to take responsibility for the April 27 mission and apologized, noting that while "proper steps" were taken to notify state and local authorities in the region, the flight nonetheless created "confusion and disruption."
The White House was peppered with questions for days as to how such a flight could have been authorized. Aides said from the start President Obama was "furious" over the incident which caused hundreds or New Yorkers, fearful of another Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack, running from their office buildings into the streets.
"The president instructed the staff to ensure that it doesn't happen again," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, just hours before Caldera's resignation was announced.