Barack Obama and Orange County's Unfriendly Skies

Since Barack Obama will inevitably be venturing back into Southern California to revisit the Hollywood ATM machine during his presidential reelection bid, the military should just keep F-16 fighter jets in the air over Orange County full-time.

For a second straight visit by The Chosen One, a small plane pilot was forced out of restricted airspace over Orange County–although this time there was no pot aboard the craft.

You'll recall that on Feb. 16, a San Luis Obispo pilot wandered into airspace restricted because Obama was being helicoptered from Corona del Mar to Los
Angeles. After the private Cessna received an F-16 escort to the Long Beach Airport runway, it was discovered
40 pounds of marijuana were aboard.

Obama Airspace Crashing Cessna Carrying 40 Pounds of Weed

Last month, Obama famously attended a fund-raiser at the canyon home of George Clooney and raised a record $15 million.

A total of four planes were intercepted during Obama's Southern California swing Wednesday and Thursday. One, a Mooney M20, was piloted by a man in his 70s flying from Long Beach to Chino Airport for breakfast Thursday. And who could blame him? The airport's Flo's Café served the best breakfasts in the West Valley when I darkened that corner of SoCal 30 years ago.

However, the unidentified flyer made the mistake of finding himself in restricted airspace over Fullerton, as there's a 30 nautical mile radius no-fly zone around the president. Unlike February's Air Bud captain or other pilots intercepted this week, the Mooney M20 helmsman did not require an F-16 escort, managing to fly out on his own.

But after he landed at Chino Airport, he was met by local police and then the Secret Service, who kept him from his scrambled eggs and sliced-ham hubcap for the next three hours. Authorities say he may lose his pilot license, to boot.

Bet he'll be voting for Romney.

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Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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