The controversial photo of a presidential plane flying by the Statue of Liberty.
"Scare Force One" cost a White House aide his job this afternoon.
The resignation is from Louis Caldera, the head of the White House military office who authorized and later apologized for the flight of the presidential plane on April 27 that terrified some New Yorkers because it reminded them of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The plane was on a training mission but also flew low near the Statue of Liberty as a photo opp that President Obama repudiated during the public relations disaster.
"The President has accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera as Director of the White House Military Office," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
"The President has asked his Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and Defense Secretary Gates or his designee to jointly review the organizational structure of the White House Military Office and the reporting relationship of its components to the White House and the Air Force, and to make recommendations to him to ensure that such an incident never occurs again."
"I have concluded that the controversy...has made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office. Moreover, it has become a distraction to the important work you are doing as president," Caldera wrote in his resignation letter. (Click here to see it.)
A seven-page report after an internal review found that "structural and organizational ambiguities" and a lack of communication, including the fact that the Presidential Airlift Group nor any other office within the Air Force notifies the White House of routine training flights. (Click here to read the report.)
The report said that Caldera was first told about the proposed photo shoot on April 20 -- a week before it was scheduled to take place. Caldera, however, told officials he didn't recall the conversation.
He also said he didn't read an e-mail detailing the flyover plans until afterwards because he has two official accounts.
In a letter to Senator John McCain, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the flight cost as much as $357,000. "I am concerned that this highly public and visible mission did not include an appropriate public affairs plan nor adequate review and approval by senior Air Force and [Department of Defense] officials," Gates wrote.
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