Aerospace industry says it is "disturbed" by Obama

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The Aerospace Industries Association says it is quite "disturbed" by President Obama's recent remarks about business aviation.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Obama singled out tax breaks for cooperate jet owners as an example of the type of tax measures Republicans are allegedly protecting.

Aerospace industry says it is "disturbed" by Obama "The tax cuts I'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires; tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners," said the POTUS.

But Aerospace Industries Association President Marion Blakey expressed concern over Obama's remarks, saying general aviation "played an important role" in the economy.

"[The industry] took a substantial hit in the recent recession... We feel disparaging comments from the president regarding business jet users are not conducive to promoting jobs, investment and economic growth," she said.

Blakey also pointed out that Obama himself recently visited a factory which manufactures business jets. 



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"It [really does] seem odd that he would undermine the aviation industry one day after visiting Alcoa's factory and praising the workers who make parts and materials that are critical to producing business jets."

In other Obama related news, MSNBC has unceremoniously suspended journalist Mark Halperin after he claimed the president acted like a "d*ck" at Wednesday's press conference by offering strong criticism of Republican policies and proposals. 



"Mark Halperin's comments were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, the White House and all of our viewers," MSNBC said in a statement. 



"We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst."

In a separate statement, Halperin also apologized for his remarks, saying: "I believe the step [MSNBC is] taking in response is totally appropriate... Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it."

[Via The Hill 1 & 2