Sunday, August 16, 2009
Not Everyone Is Cutting Back...
By GEOFF EARLE Post Correspondent
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone from frequent flier to jet-aircraft connoisseur, with aides berating military officials to get the best planes, e-mails revealed yesterday.
Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service when she flies home to California with police protection on government planes, revealed a particular fondness for Gulfstream's sleek G-5 - a plane glamorized in Hollywood films and 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 an angry e-mail to the military.
In another, the same aide wanted the plane for a House delegation when the fleet was being used for senators and Cabinet members.
"This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset speaker," the e-mail said.
The military was offering up an Air Force version of a Boeing 737.
The e-mails were obtained from the government by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.