Obama takes “spiffy” first ride on Air Force One
ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE – Barack Obama, wearing a new jacket with his name and “Air Force One” embroidered on it, took his maiden voyage aboard the presidential Jumbo jet as commander in chief on Thursday.
“What do you think about this spiffy ride?” the president asked, smiling, as he walked into the journalists section at the back of the large plane. “I’ve got my spiffy jacket so I thought I’d come and show it off.”
Obama, who was traveling to Williamsburg, Virginia, to speak to gathering of Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives, chatted briefly about the economic stimulus bill in Congress before heading back to his quarters at the front of the plane.
He had a cheeseburger and fries during the short trip, an aide reported.
The famous plane, a Boeing 747, has an executive suite for the president including an office, stateroom, and a bathroom with a shower.
“Thank you for giving me a reason to use Air Force One,” he told the gathering in Williamsburg later, smiling broadly. “It’s pretty nice.”
Reuters photos by Kevin Lamarque.