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Pelosi's Unprecedented Requests for Military Travel

Judicial Watch has uncovered documents that show how often Speaker Pelosi requests access to military travel to shuttle her family and her where ever she would like to go. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton remarks that she uses the Air Force so often that she "treats the Air Force like her personal airline."

  • In response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, "Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi's team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?...[T]here's no need to block every weekend 'just in case'..." The email also notes that Pelosi's office had, "a history of canceling many of their past requests."
  • One DOD official complained about the "hidden costs" associated with the speaker's last minute changes and cancellations. "We have...folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc."
  • The documents include a discussion of House Ethics rules and Defense Department policies as they apply to the speaker's requests for staff, spouses and extended family to accompany her on military aircraft. In May 2008, for example, Pelosi requested that her husband join her on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) into Iraq. The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining CODEL's into combat zones.
  • Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi's office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled "Operation Tribute" was an "exception to standard policy."
  • The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. "It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable...The speaker will want to know where the planes are..." wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker."
  • During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of "crew rest requirements" and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: "We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that."

Her sense of entitlement to the Air Force is shocking to say the least, but not surprising. Two years ago I criticized the Speaker for this kind of excess when I said she was drunk with power. Looks like she's still partying while the rest of America tightens its belt during this economic downturn.

She expects the military to be at her beck and call. One of the documents alludes to her booking aircraft numerous times just to cancel at the last minute, wasting taxpayer money. Another email tells us that if the Speaker didn't get what she wanted, she would throw a hissy fit, essentially.

Where's the media on this? As is typical regarding the Democrats the media are AWOL. The only outlet reporting on this so far is Fox News.


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Comments (32)

Who broke her broom?... (Below threshold)

Who broke her broom?

Who broke her broo... (Below threshold)
Who broke her broom?

It is in the shop for repairs. She crashed it on takeoff when she went to the White House to bow before the "Messiah"

Shocking....What the....Oh ... (Below threshold)

Shocking....What the....Oh never mind.

Bear Stearns is fine.

When Her Majesty commands, ... (Below threshold)

When Her Majesty commands, we must obey.

All you folks who are surpr... (Below threshold)

All you folks who are surprised at this raise your hand.

"Who broke her broom?"... (Below threshold)

"Who broke her broom?"

That's a good one. Wish I had thought of that.

And post comments on every ... (Below threshold)

And post comments on every newspaper website you can find. Especially the ones in blue states. Really gets 'em going.

"All you folks who are surp... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"All you folks who are surprised at this raise your hand."

Come on Glenn, is that fair?

Okay all you folks who are suprised at anything Pelosi, Reid and Obama do that makes them look drunk with power, raise your hand.

Was calling President Bush ... (Below threshold)

Was calling President Bush Chimpy fair? Have I said anything negative about Queen Nancy? Do I care?

It's a tribute to our milit... (Below threshold)

It's a tribute to our military that they stand for this sh*t...

Heck, we'll have a plane re... (Below threshold)

Heck, we'll have a plane ready for you at all times, Madame Speaker!

How about a C-130J, with TWO box lunches per person! And paratroop seating - if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for you!

Better dress warmly, though - the heating's better than on the H-models, but usually it's kept a bit chilly, since if you're shivering you're less likely to get airsick...

Toss in free earplugs, and you're good to go.

Have her do cross-country flights in a C-130 a couple of times, and she'll be GLAD to go commercial!


Why do I get the feeling she (and her staff, apparently) do not see themselves as public servants, but as rulers?

I got an idea. Loa... (Below threshold)

I got an idea.

Load the bitch into a C123, strap a T10 on her, then kick her ass out one of them lil' side doors at 10K over western Kansas.

Poor peeps on the ground will start looking for the flying monkeys to land as well.

Lawson, a 123 makes ANY 130... (Below threshold)

Lawson, a 123 makes ANY 130 look like a G5. Nancy only deserves the best we can afford.

Ohhhhhh, better yet. How ab... (Below threshold)

Ohhhhhh, better yet. How about giving her the green light at 900ft during spring weather conditions.

Hopefully her aids bring along a gross of puke sacks.

Strap her to a JDAM and fir... (Below threshold)

Strap her to a JDAM and fire it at Hollywood.

Fast enough for you, Stretch?

>Who broke her broom?<br... (Below threshold)

>Who broke her broom?
It is in the shop for repairs. She crashed it on takeoff when she went to the White House to bow before the "Messiah"

Stan, when someone says something funny, you're supposed to say, "that's funny." Not try to one-up them (and fail).

The C-123's no longer in us... (Below threshold)

The C-123's no longer in use. Maybe they should dig one out of the Boneyard for Nancy's Personal Plane!

200 ft low level practice - across the country.

"Look outside, ma'am - we're flying through the Gateway Arch!"

She'd be pukin' before they're midway through Virginia.

You know, if you stretch so... (Below threshold)

You know, if you stretch some leather hide tautly enough over a thin, brittle frame, it would make a perfectly good glider.

An ugly glider.

An ugly, anti-Ameican, communist glider, to be precise.

Didn't she get her own 'Air... (Below threshold)

Didn't she get her own 'Air Force Three' when she became Speaker?

And this is news ? <p... (Below threshold)

And this is news ?

Pelosi has been trying to get this special plane for her "adoring constituents" for years. Ferry the Party from DC to Moonbat land and back at the expense of the taxpayers.

She's important. She deserves it

/sarc off

Can we get her that plane f... (Below threshold)

Can we get her that plane from Airport '79?

Or maybe this:

...ooh, that didn't work.</... (Below threshold)

...ooh, that didn't work.

I wouldn't want to waste he... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't want to waste her on a good 130 crew. I think she should switch over to the Army. I'm sure there are a few CWO's who would love to have her on board for a few hours in a C-12 or-23.

Isn't she rich? Why doesn'... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Isn't she rich? Why doesn't she just buy/charter her own Learjet and crew herself, and save some tax dollars? If it's good enough for the Auto execs...

No no no James. Libs NEVER ... (Below threshold)

No no no James. Libs NEVER want to spend THEIR money, just ours.

This is a whole different b... (Below threshold)

This is a whole different ball game from her smug remarks last year about how she'd rather fly commercially because she didn't like "all the security" and preferred her "freedom". Even Tony Snow defended her at the time. But that was then and this is now and she's fully discovered her new-found power.

Did you read through those emails? What a mess.

All this talk about CEOs an... (Below threshold)

All this talk about CEOs and private jets, while Pelosi flies around in more expensive Air Force Jets!

Why hasn't the mainstream media exposed this? Ooooh...I fogot. They (CNN,MSNBC, ABC,CBS, NBC) are on Pelosi's side and would never, ever say or do anything to harm her or any other Democrat.

Here we go again! Memory l... (Below threshold)

Here we go again! Memory lapse....do as I say not as I do.

I could have sworn only a few weeks ago the car companies were ridiculed over their private jets and wasteful spending.

Hahaha.. This is more like ... (Below threshold)

Hahaha.. This is more like it, I mean how could the speaker request such things..? When in fact it is the taxpayer's money in the first place. Boohoohoo... This is more like it!

Most. Ethical. Congress. Ev... (Below threshold)

Most. Ethical. Congress. Ever.

Burn Her at the stake.... (Below threshold)

Burn Her at the stake.

A real news flash isn't it.... (Below threshold)
Jack Flannigan:

A real news flash isn't it. Her highness Pelosi once again contradicts herself by scorning private jet use by execs. and yet she uses the military as a taxi service. She just does not get it - her hypocricy is like drool spewing from her mouth. Frankly, she should be invited to her own tar & feather party and afterward be feed to the vultures.(If even they would have any part with her)






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