They first thing that I noticed was that the Coast Guard and the Air Force where really trying to puch the idea that they would do this for any person.
At one by my count (from watching CBS and NBC news) They had at least 20 different aircraft involved. Including a USCG FALCON JET AND C-130 and a ANG C130. Those are pretty expensive assets. I remember the Coast Guard up here threating to sue a couple kids $40,000 a flight hour for the search time a C-130 spent looking for a false Ship ELT that they set off.
I have a friend who is also was in the CAP. He thought it was excessive also.
I can picture using the USCG assets in the water areas around the vineyard but 15 CAP planes on the overwater route. Nobody but a defacto celebertiy would get that much attention.
General Aviation is generally used as a kicking ball by the press and the public out there. I have seen where a plane blew a tire on takeoff made the first page of the paper, while a traffice accident that killed three was in the middle of the same paper.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.