Photo illustration by Aaron Provost/Task & Purpose
Every president puts their own personal touch on the highest office in the land, but a new, patriotic paint job for Air Force One would certainly be a new one.
A report from the DC insider yentas at Axios suggests that President Donald Trump is considering a new "more American" look for Air Force One compared to its current pain job, which the president described as "Jackie Kennedy color."
The Trump administration nailed down a $3.9 billion deal with AF1 manufacturer Boeing for two new aircraft with a projected delivery date of 2021, and the president is clearly invested in the aesthetics of his new chariots. In fact, Axios notes that Trump sat down with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg back in February to personally hash out the deal.
We respect the president's hustle, but not the work of Axios' art team (sorry). I mean, a screaming eagle on Air Force One's nose is a little too, well, on the nose, isn't it?
We think T&P; readers can do a lot better, so we asked our community manager and resident memelord Aaron Provost to mock up a fresh, unblemished version of the iconic presidential chariot for your edification.
Once you've completed your masterpiece, post it in the comment section. This is a contest. Winner gets a Golden Rambo and a T&P; whiskey glass, as well as a pointed line of questioning.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to modify its electronic systems and lacked an accountable official to oversee implementation of the "Forever GI Bill," resulting in a bungled rollout last year that affected thousands of college students, a new report from the agency's Inspector General says.
In the early morning hours of March 15, Riley Schultz, a 19-year-old Marine from Longmont, California, was found at his guard post in Camp Pendleton, San Diego with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Less than 30 minutes later he was pronounced dead.
Ricardo Delano Whitehead, third from left, was honored by Live Oak officials and the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at Wednesday's City Council meeting for intervening in an attack last month. (Courtesy Sutter County Sheriff's Office)
Ricardo Delano Whitehead isn't your average 69-year-old. Despite being just a few weeks shy of 70, the U.S. Army veteran still practices martial arts. In his younger years, he even taught it to an Army battalion at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
On Feb. 13, Whitehead happened upon a man he saw tackle a woman before repeatedly punching her in the doorway of a Live Oak, California business. Whitehead yelled at the suspect to leave the woman alone, at which point the other man turned his attention on the veteran.