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Obama in a 787

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jeyrivera89
Jesus Rivera 20
That is a beautiful cockpit.
MNJack76
Jack Metcalf 1
Wow, that is a beautiful cockpit!
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 21
I'm a lifelong Republican and I am happy to see President Obama show off some pride for American made Boeing aircraft. Looks to me like he's really enjoying himself sitting there in the Captains seat. I wish it were me sitting there! I'd be having a blast too!
chiphermes
Chip Hermes 9
Great comment, I agree.
captleo
captleo 1
Thats the kind of comment i like to read, those are made by happy people that enjoy living.
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 1
Thank you for your kind words. I do enjoy my life and I may not always win at the ballot box but I win everyday by making the most of what I get in this world. November will be here soon enough. And I have other message boards where I post my political views. Enjoy life and fly often! :)
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 14
This squawk has degenerated to the point of everyone just sniping at each other - go somewhere else please with those comments. I'm here for aviation information ONLY. And I'm not the only one, look at the approve/disapprove scores.
chiphermes
Chip Hermes 0
Agreed.
captleo
captleo -1
Sir, can you try appoving any thing over here? i try to approve this photo and i just can not, someone fixed this so every thing will be disapprove.
byrdflyr
Austin Byrd 21
Respect the office, keep it civil, and constructive. Our society seems to have lost the will (not the ability) to cooperate, and that comes across even here. Cool photo. Maybe the VP/SOS level will get one.
KevInCalifornia
Well said.
Boatinman
Boatinman -1
And it really got terrible (disgusting, really how the left democrats treated him, like him or not) when Bush was in office.
captleo
captleo 1
Sir with all due respect to you, i agree 100% with you, there is so much HATE for our president that they will NO waste the oportunity to say some thing bad about him, what a shame, i tought we were all AMERICAN , but anyway next year if we have another president, there will be people saying something bad about him also just wait and see.
dminor415
dminor415 5
So now that we've all had our sassy bitch session, can we PLEASE get back to the reason we come to this site... Aviation?
davisdd
Dennis Davis 5
Thanks for the photo. I don't care who is in the left seat. I would love to be in the jump seat for a trip. Politics and avaition, we all have an opinion on everything but lets keep politics on another site and lets make this an avaition site for airplane nuts. Thanks Chip.
iFlyGr8
iFlyGr8 13
Really people? So what if you don't like him, keep it to yourself. There should be SOME respect, and If you don't like him, like the plane. Don't hate.
DSHartje
Dwight Hartje 1
I agree. I'm not a fan of this president ,but I love the 787!!
SkyBaby2
Kira Andreola 5
Well at least it's an American plane. He could certainly have done worse. I respect the uniform, so by some extension, the guy, even though I very much dislike and disagree with him.

787 as the next AF1? It's American so its all good.
alistairm
alistairm 5
Do you have an iPod or iPhone? Look on the back and you will see the statement, "Designed in California, made in China." Well, the 787 is as American as the iPod is.
SkyBaby2
Kira Andreola 0
Oh haha oops, forgot to add one key word to that, and that would be 'sort of'. Lol

Well at least some American citizens somewhere get a paycheck for designing the iStuff. I doubt they do it for free. Same with the 787s. Americans did the final assembly here in the states, even if the parts were made in other countries. Plus, it was Boeing, an American company after all, who designed the thing to begin with, even if it was in collaboration with other countries, it is Boeing's project. That's American enough for me.

The 787 sure is a beautiful piece of machinery, and easily the most graceful airliner in the skies right now in my opinion, matched only by the 747-8 variants. Obama is right to be enjoying himself and it does look like he is.
byrdflyr
Austin Byrd 6
I forgot to ask, where is the I-pod dock?
jhakunti
Jayden Hakunti 5
So what if people hate obama. they should go run for president. see how many people support their ideas.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -9
I say the same thing about Mr.Limbaugh and all the other radio politicians out there.....you are never going to please everyone....my question is who exactly does the GOP have running this go around....they gave away the last election just like they are giving this one away and this time next year they will still be spreading their negativity
preacher1
preacher1 0
Unfortunately, you are probably right my friend
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -8
also their negativity and their all about me and screw everybody else mantality is probably the biggest reason why I vote democrate.....I just can't relate to them
preacher1
preacher1 5
Love him or hate him, his trip to the Boeing plant was well publicized in our media and if this shot has not already been around, it should have been expected. You wouldn't expect Boeing to have him in the seat of a J3 cub, regardless of political leanings.
skylloyd
skylloyd 1
Is that you Wayne?
preacher1
preacher1 0
johncook1
john cook 2
Is that what they call hanger flying?
firesafety552
firesafety552 2
Made in the good ole US..beautiful plane, and a beautiful picture...
captleo
captleo 2
I just can not believe how many un american we have over here, hey you, he is your president wheter you like it or not, all of you should ashame of your self, what just can not wait for him to finish his term? it is your duty to help him do his job by being a good citizen or are you?
ROTIMICOKER
ROTIMI COKER 2
LOVE THE PICTURE, HAPPY LANDING PRESIDENT
rwf1001
Robert Fleming 3
I have a question-the title here says Obama in a 787, but you read the caption under the actual picture and it says "Obama sitting in a 767" Which is it.
dbaker
Daniel Baker 5
That's a Boeing 787 cockpit.
chiphermes
Chip Hermes 3
I'm glad my post inspired everyone to try our FA's new voting system on the comments......
BenKFIT
Ben Lillie 3
I don't see why everyone is making a big fuss about it, maybe he just wants to be a pilot when he grows up. :)
99NY
99NY 3
I vote Eject on this article. Some trolls cant seem to help themselves from making this simple pic of the CIC sitting in an aircraft into a political diatribe board.
alistairm
alistairm 4
Just imagine if it was a picture of him in the left seat of an Airbus in Toulouse!!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
That would've been hell!!!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 3
It's not nice to call idiots, trolls...
preacher1
preacher1 0
julianjim
jim garrity 2
Alistair, tour right,but parts were made in many other countries too! James Wallace,you too are correct,and may humans treat humans like HUMANS!!
alistairm
alistairm 4
Yep, it truly is an international aircraft and a beautiful one at that.
N2517R
N2517R 2
Eject Eject
chadkline2003
Bill Kline 2
first time I've seen the flight deck with enhanced lighting but I think I'd look better sitting in that seat !
kachina196david
David Roush 1
Nice to see the President enjoying the 787, he has that let’s take this thing up look on his face. I must admit, given the chance I would trade places with him in a heart beat.
jackto
jack ogle 1
Is this the plane his NLRB tried to stop from being built in S.C.?
I wonder if their was a pay-off or what happened to make it all good now?
Does anybody know if that is still an issue?
ronasuncion
Ron Asuncion 1
Obama is probably thinking of replacing the B747s for the Air Force One with the new B787 Dreamliners, I think its better, technology is pretty much the latest too. He looks good sitting there.. love it.. what can I say, I'm a fan and yes, He will win on November.
lucasmccain
lucasmccain 1
Great pic, super aircraft...unfortunately, give the airlines a year and they'll sick that thing apart and deactivate as much as they can with the blessing of the Feds...what a shame.
49erca
Rick Hundley 1
Great photo and great pilot.
clbea
Claude B. 1
He is democratizing the cockpit. :)
airking1111
John Andrea 1
Congratulations Mr. Sinnett on this honorable moment. As Boeing's 787 Chief engineer, and after a challenge that I cannot find the words to describe, it's nice to see such pride in a photograph.
Thanks for representing the passion of those who contributed to this new flying machine!
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
I see a different look in his eye. How you think I'd look in this AF-1 ? Send me three a these.
lucvanherle
Luc van Herle 1
wow, what a cockpit!
Ok, pilot friends, what's the display by his left knee for?
malex7
It is a great picture; you can see the interest and enjoyment evident on the president's face.
toolguy105
toolguy105 1
Is POTUS checking out the next Air Force One aircraft?
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
I vote they tak AF-1 away from him till he shows some restraint.
preacher1
preacher1 1
In his dreams, although in reality, USAF has the specs out but I don't even think it has got anywhere close to a firm order yet. Seems to me though it is going to be another 747, and not a 787.
ronasuncion
Ron Asuncion 1
They should change the Air Force One now to 787 Dreamliners, I reckon its better. President Obama looks outstanding sitting there in the pilot seat, I just love him when he does things like that. Ron Asuncion, Australia
ronasuncion
Ron Asuncion 1
sounds cool to me Gents..
julianjim
jim garrity 0
Ron, love him all you want! "He IS NOT YOUR PRESIDENT", He does alot of "things like that at our expense! You may have him as "YOUR" president for four years,or longer if you wish,then think abouy what you said?
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 3
Ron, we will take Greg Norman and you can have BO. Now there is a trade agreement.
preacher1
preacher1 2
What a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!lol
julianjim
jim garrity 0
Great answer James, it's just to late for me to comment with the right answer! Have a good nite.
fredrok
Fred White -3
"The photograph may not be manipulated in any way...." <sigh>

But there seems to be little concern for his manipulation of our U.S. Constitution.
phishhman
Brian Ratcliff 13
What does Obama sitting in a 787 have to do with the US Constitution? That's right, NOTHING.
fredrok
Fred White -7
Keep your head in the sand Brian. It'll all work out, right?
N2517R
N2517R 1
Great Airplane....Bad Photo....
CDR USN RET. Vet. Two Gulf Wars
captleo
captleo 1
CDR USN RET. really? what had he done to you to say that?
suthernrayzd
Suthern Rayzd 1
Look how many comments abumma got
BMWKEN
BMWKEN -2
"I will need the tele-prompter installed right about here!!"
rick737
richard weiss 1
For his visit they transformed the HUD into a teleprompter
RobSJC
Post Presidential dreams ? He may need to look for another job soon, may as well start on flight training now, and I am sure he would be making the SFO-HNL run .. lol

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THRUSTT
THRUSTT 8
How does he look dumb in that pic.??? You obviously dislike the guy, so just say so instead of directing it through an ignorant and baseless comment.
rick737
richard weiss 0
May I use your sides comments about "w" to describe "BO"
Boatinman
Boatinman -3
I second this.
sparkie624
sparkie624 -3
He simply looks like a person who is clueless.. An absolute dumb look... Kid of the look as to where is the gas pedal.
dbaker
Daniel Baker 3
I'm confused about what you thought you were going to see. Obama conducting part of the 787 certification program?

You know that White House has a photographer document pretty much the entire presidency, right?
Boatinman
Boatinman -7
Always ready for his beautiful majestic face to be taken pictures of.

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mdphdbfd
how come he didn't go to the 787 facility in Charleston, I wonder??

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alistairm
alistairm -9
lol, good one;)
PilotSwede
Tyler Girouard -8
Useless man in a very useful machine
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 5
love him, or hate him.....equally respect him
rick737
richard weiss 6
Respecting the Office of the President does not mean one respects the office holder.
laxlover
Stephen Brown 0
Totally brilliant!!
JaredMaurtua
Jared Maurtua -3
sylkman
sylkman 0
Why is this article/picture even on this site? Show me the cockpit without anyone sitting in it. Save the cheescake for the news networks and the other outlets. Will everyone please try to keep politics off this site, I come here to get away from thinking about the predicaments we all share, caused by all the political parties.
preacher1
preacher1 3
See Jeffrey's comment below. Regardless of who is filling the office, it is an honor for the POTUS to visit any manufacturing plant and only natural for that manufacturer to show off their latest offering. The politics belong to the individuals on here, not the picture or the one who posted it.
sylkman
sylkman 3
So keep the politics off here, I am not criticizing WHO is sitting in the seat, just the sheep that have to comment one way or another providing a boring diatribe of political philosophy. This is an aviation site, not a POTUS site.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I agree with what you are saying. Counting my reply here there will be 116 comments on this post and a big part of them have nothing to do with Boeing, the 787, or Aviation. I have lived several years and voted in quite a few presidential elections, winning some and losing some. This one was fair and square as far as anybody can tell but I have never, in all that time, seen anyone as polarizing as BHO. It is ether love or hate; there is no middle ground. He just seems to bring out the worst in everyone at the mere mention of his name. In years past if the other side won, you basically let it go until the next election but not with him. It's constant. I will say that a lot of the animosity on this site probably comes from his disparaging comments about GA a few months ago, and it is ironic that he is sitting in the seat of a BOEING 787 after the multi year NLRB battle that he launched against them over their SC plant.
linderd
Daniel Linder -1
What a complete idiot.
Chasbwi
Chas Brady -2
At least our last President, George W. Bush, knew how to fly!
malex7
A talent gained at taxpayer expense that would have been all the more useful if he had joined the rest of his generation's AF and ANG pilots who put those skills to use in actual armed conflict. GWB: All swagger, no substance.
mddickens
mddickens -2
Reminds me of the photo of Dukakis standing in a battle tank and is just as incongruous.
julianjim
jim garrity 0
ONE QUESTION; WHY has this "one" picture taken on so much notice? Political? Race?? Waste of tax-payers money? No other news? Board? Stir up things? Try to cause a problem? Nothing better to do today? Your not really sure of your political party(anymore)? Any of the above? Either way, sleep well, and stay healthy.
alistairm
alistairm 2
I will just play Switzerland in this one. He is not my President, so i don't care. Was real nice to see the 787 flight deck though:)
TonyHamilton
Tony Hamilton -2
That's scary
layman85
layman85 -2
A 767?
oowmmr
oowmmr -6
Airplane shopping under the guise of interest...very coy.

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krashent
Thomas Krashen 13
Jim,
There is no call for comments like yours. Your attempt at humor is offensive and, at best, grossly disrespectful. This is a forum about things aeronautical, not an outlet for political opinions. We can do better.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 11
I'm willing to bet that money is not the issue with you. If he took a picture next to a tree, you'ld probably bring up the rope and noose. Face it, this country is not what it claims to be!!!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 7
By the way, I didn't vote for Obama, but I show him respect for his position and trying to make things work...
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 0
kinda funny how racism always seems to show it's ugly face....Like Thrustt said the man is trying to make it work.Face it when any decision is made there is a 50/50 chance that things will work out the way you expect them to.Now lets say for chance that he wouldn't have spend a whole hell of a lot of money to keep the ship upright you and all the rest of the people just like you would be just as pissed if the largest banks would have crashed and burned.You are never going please everyone no matter what you do Jim..Hell if he were to anounce that the Government was going to buy a few of the 787's you would probably have something negative to say about that..People like you crack me up and you always give me something to laugh about because you think that you are such an educated and well informed person..The truth is you are small minded individual that has no more to say about what goes on in this country anymore than the rest of us.....Have a blessed day.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Like I said above, love him or hate him, he is POTUS right now and like it or not(I lost my vote)he won the election by a majority, which is how this democracy has worked for the last 211 years. For whatever reason, he has managed to generate the worst case of sour grapes by any side that I have ever seen, but nevertheless, he won, is our current POTUS, and how good or bad he has performed will be determined in November.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 4
Just like when Bush was President there were things he did that people liked and there were things that he did that were hated; you are never gonna please everyone.
julianjim
jim garrity 0
Tim,THIS IS A AVIATION WEB SITE! Make your comments on CNN!! I have NO RACISM in my blood,and I would be very happy to see "a few" B-787's, one being AF1!! You must of not have looked at the other comments newbee? May God bless us all.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -3
Besides, Jessie Jackson and Louis Fahrakan used up all the race cards. The deck is gone. If racism was a huge issue BO wouldn't be Pres now would he?
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -4
you forgot Al Sharpton and Malcom X
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -2
Im sure they feel slighted and will label me a racist.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -2
Well Malcom can't but Al will
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -2
Al is hard at work as we speak trying to cause as much racial unrest as he can over the shooting in Fl.
preacher1
preacher1 -1
There was a thing about media bias on Facebook last nite. All media pictures and talk is showing a you innocent looking boy as current pictures are being ignored. Looks like it will all be justified time it is over with and that is when Al will really get busy.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 0
The media will do their part to stir the pot. They even called the shooter a "white" hispanic. Got to get that racial crap stirred.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -3
and for the record I don't watch CNN and the lil electric chair joke was just as bad
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -2
Ok I was wrong for technically calling you a racist...sorry.....but most people fell to see that often the white, black,and mexican american experience is different for everyone
rick737
richard weiss -4
spoken like a good little liberal, Tim. With your type it's always about race. What you don't understand is that conservatives dislike BO for his policies. If he was a blond norweigen named Sven, I still wouldn't like him for his policies and corp beleifs. The true racism here is the one that has to label everyone by skin color. I have not seen one word of it until you brought it up. So, who is the racist. You Tim, you are.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -2
Liberal? not so much Mr.Limbaugh....there were things that Bush did that I hated and there have been things that BO has done that I hate...For the record there were things that Clinton did that I def. hated
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -3
And no I am not a racist but like I said below there are many different American experiences.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Everybody better start practicing being an American and get over their heritage, culture, and ethnic status or they are not going to like the future very well. All of our ancestors except the indians came from elswhere. None of that matters now except it being nice to know info. America and Americans should be our first allegiance.
rick737
richard weiss 1
exactly. But don't call someone a racist if they disagree with someone of another race.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -4
Right on. My attitude toward BO has nothing to do with the color of his skin. In fact, his VP is white and I consider him a moron. He can't even get in sink with his boss. BO says one thing and that dummy says something else. I'm done. I need to stick to Boeing. Nice plane. Hope it does well.
chiphermes
Chip Hermes -2
I wonder if either Obama or Biden would spell sync wrong.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 0
Probably. FA's staff writer Daniel Fahl just wrote "fowl weather". It happens and I am not a writer. I'm sure you wouldn't succumb to anything so stupid.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -2
I'm on the carpet. It's sync. Please forgive.
preacher1
preacher1 1
talk to him.lol
preacher1
preacher1 -2
Too much of that right now. A big part of equality is to be able to agree to disagree. Just because you think you know everything, there always exists the possibility that you may be wrong. The world is not all black and white nor full of absolutes. Those gray areas have nothing to do with the color of a person's skin.IMHO
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell -1
preacher1
preacher1 -1
well said my friend
rick737
richard weiss 7
as much as I dislike BO, Jim, there's no need to get yourself in trouble. Please be careful.
dminor415
dminor415 2
What a loser... and I mean YOU Garrity. Racism in the sickest sense of the word, Thrustt said it perfectly. Talking about violence and killing the POTUS shows the ignorance of people like you that makes the rest of the World just shake its head and wonder what happened to the American ideals. Must be really depressing living in your house with all that 3rd grade depression and bile you have stored up. And to say that you have no RACISM in your blood..... look at your first comment. "Me thinks thou doth protest too much". Like many other commentators, I come to this site for aviation news, not ignorant political diatribe.
Stephenb84
Stephen Boyle -1
That is one sweet. He doesn not look dumb as one of you wrote, he is just pondering whether China will finance the purchase and outfitting of the 787 for the next Air Force One after the re-election. The current 747 is not chic enough for Michelle, and burns too much fuel on the Hawaiian vacations. Do not worry, the press conference will go like this “I would be putting money in the pocket of middle class families by reducing the Air Force One fuel bill.”
toolguy105
toolguy105 1
AF1 is approaching 20 years old probably over 20 years since it left Boeing for outfitting. The Air Force is most likely looking for an replacement and I've heard they had there eye on the 787. It could be the 787 or a 767. In any case which ever they chose some domestic airline will not get a plane on time. These two were supposedly destine for Pan Am and the secrete service grabbed them off the line.At least that is the story.

By the way if the First Lady does not like the current AF1 she won't be the First. Mrs. Kennedy did not like their AF1 and the Air Force replaced it.
preacher1
preacher1 1
They are shopping but I think they are looking at a 748. Not sure; I remember seeing the sheet somewhile back.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
HS-748
preacher1
preacher1 1
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -7
Has anybody heard if the taxpayer backed Ex-Im bank got their portfolio limit raised by congress? Gonna be hard to sell these new planes unless the taxpayers step up.lol
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 -5
Sarcasim intended!

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daveschiff
Dave Schiff -5
I wonder if the worse president in US history got the approval of the machinist's union at Boeing to sit in the Captain's seat before sitting down? What a fraud!

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dminor415
dminor415 1
What a load of crap... "..my electric comment was meant to mean the seat in the "limo". Really, that;s the best excuse you can come up with??? We all know exactly what you meant. So quite trying to act like a third grader who got caught telling lies.. Nobody believes you.
FedExCargoPilot
Jim,
You created the political controversy. This was posted just to show a known person in the 787, not to create a debate. No matter what views you have, you are being very disrespectful toward the President of the US. If you feel that what was wrote could sound offensive, it is best not to post anything especially revolving around the President. It looks very bad on your part and many others who have posted disrespectful comments. Those who debate against Obama, go against his views, but respect him as a President, and you and the others here should too.
rick737
richard weiss 2
Let's try this again. We should all respect the OFFICE of the President of the United States. We don't have to respect the office HOLDER.
julianjim
jim garrity -7
Mr.(or Ms.) FedExCargopilot)with a Pvt. ticket, I didn't start ANY debate,only made a comment (which the 787 does have electric seats),NOT chairs as you have stated! You need to read All THE POSTS,aka COMMENTS TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND THEM? sORRY, MY KEEBOARD IS GOING OUT, i DO RESPECT RESPECT THE OFFICE,just thats there's NO proof of the "legal issue" at hand after four years? I see no reason to "try" to give your young insite as this has "exploded" into more than I expected,(into too many ways?).IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A COMMERCIAL PILOT IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE READ "COMMENTS" FROM OTHER STORIES AND learn! Remember, this is for young and old,(like me)to learn from, not to be a hanging court! May your future flying take you to new and fun adventures,while being SAFE!
dminor415
dminor415 1
Jim, ring the little button near your bedpan and the nice nurse will come in and change your undies cause obviously you are sitting in a pile of something that has made you a very cranky "old" (your words not mine) man.

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