Wichita city leaders have issued a formal invitation to President Obama to come to Wichita, “to see the aircraft industry firsthand and to recognize that corporate jets are ‘an essential part of our economy.'”
This follows Obama’s earlier remarks denigrating corporate executives who fly on small business jets.
Wichita is home to several major aircraft manufacturers: Boeing, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and Bombardier, as well as hundreds of smaller suppliers. These operations employ tens of thousands of workers. Business jets are a critical part of what these companies do. So the President trashing business jets didn’t set well with folks in these parts.
Will Obama accept the invitation? I doubt it. In fact, given his administration’s record of extremely poor accessibility, I doubt that he will even hear of this invitation.