Mayors and other officials from cities in 14 states sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling on the president to use his "bully pulpit" to help counter public criticism of business jet usage. The letter describes how business jets became symbols of corporate greed after lawmakers reprimanded auto executives for flying on business jets to Washington when they came to ask for billions in taxpayer money, and it says the negative publicity is taking its toll on the general aviation industry just as it is struggling in an already tough economy.

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