Does the federal government own a Photoshop license?

Does the federal government own a Photoshop license?

The news and blogs are all abuzz about the low flying jets over New York City. Evidently, these jets are a result of some desire to photograph Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty.

Air Force One

I don’t understand this! Surely there are a million pictures of Air Force One. There are probably a billion pictures of Lady Liberty. With a bit of talent using Photoshop these two icons could have been combined. This would have saved a reported $300,000 and not caused panic in the most populated city in the USA.

And there was a legitimate reason for that panic. It was less than 8 years ago that this city was bombed with planes by terrorists. Of course, that was under a different President so our Executive memory doesn’t go back that far.

Burning Towers
Image from Ron Pass

I really hope someone got fired over this. A major mistake like that in the private sector would have been a pink slip. It is amazing that this is the same bureaucracy that wants to run our health insurance! Is there anything that the government does that private industry cannot do better?

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