ORLANDO — As the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention officially opened this morning, Machinists international president Tom Buffenbarger urged hundreds of attendees at a kickoff meeting to call the White House’s switchboard and urge President Obama to visit Wichita.
It’s important for the president to see how just how much the general aviation industry has been devastated by Obama’s and members of Congress’ negative remarks about business jets, Buffenbarger said.
The negative perception that business jets are “fancy toys for fat cats,” have had an effect, Buffenbarger said. “Business aviation is vital to America’s economic recovery.”
“We watched as the president took his shots,” he said. “Let’s just say he owes us a visit.”
Buffenbarger has twice invited Obama to Wichita.
“With your help, I believe we can make that happen,” he said.
He urged them to call the switchboard at 202-546-1414 and leave a message for Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff.
“Make it brief; make it businesslike; but make it clear,” Buffenbarger said.
The visit is imperative. “This industry hangs in the balance,” he said.