Nancy Pelosi to Air Force: "Where's my Gulfstream G-5, dammit?" - W.C. Varones

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4.25.2009

Nancy Pelosi to Air Force: "Where's my Gulfstream G-5, dammit?"

A New Direction, indeed! This is how Nancy Pelosi rolls:
The San Francisco congresswoman has apparently taken to flying in style. And not just any style but military charter style, according to e-mails released this week.

Pelosi's staff has allegedly been "berating" military officials to get the best planes possibly for the speaker to fly across country, according to e-mails obtained by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch (you can read all the emails on their site) and first reported by The New York Post.

"Taken together, these documents show that Speaker Pelosi treats the Air Force like her personal airline," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. "Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel, but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands."

Pelosi allegedly demanded that the military provide nonstop flight service when she flies home to the Bay Area. But that's not all. The emails show Pelosi demanding police protection on government planes. She even has a particular plane that is her favorite.

What is the plane of choice for a Speaker of the House? Well Nancy Pelosi prefers to fly in Gulfstream's G-5, made famous by Jay Z and 50-Cent rap videos.

"It is my understanding there are no G-5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable . . . The speaker will want to know where the planes are," a Pelosi aide wrote in one of the e-mails to the military.

Yes, this is old news, but it's made fresh by Tim Sheithner's caption for this photo:


"This is how big of an asshole I am!"

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