NASA Administrator Goes Under the Obama Bus

Tuesday, July 13, AD 2010

Hattip to Allahpundit at Hot Air.  Well that didn’t take long.  I have discussed here the disastrous interview that Charles Bolden had with Al Jazeera in which he stated that the foremost policy goal of NASA under the Obama administration was to reach out to Muslim nations and raise their self-esteem as to their contributions regarding science, math and engineering.

“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”

My co-blogger Tito had an excellent follow up post here.  Yesterday press flack in chief for the Obama administrator, Robert Gibbs, said flatly that the NASA administrator was wrong about the policy of muslim outreach being NASA’s top priority.

The idea that Bolden misspoke in the interview is risible.  Bolden was saying much the same thing back in February regarding outreach to Muslim countries.  Blaming Bolden for this is a mistake.  This foolish PC policy is clearly a product of the Obama worldview, in which hare-brained political schemes that might sound good at a 3:00 AM liberal campus bull session, lubricated by a lot of beers, have become government policy.

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2 Responses to NASA Administrator Goes Under the Obama Bus

  • Are you sure it was just beer – some of these ideas would seem to require more potent mind altering substances.

  • We already knew brains aren’t required (in fact they’re frowned on) to be a marine.

    here we have proof that one doesn’t need any functional gray matter to become a marine major general.

Obamas Fly Me To The Crescent Moon

Saturday, July 10, AD 2010

Fellow TAC cohort Donald posted an excellent column on President Obama’s attempt at reimagining NASA as a political experiment in Muslim outreach.

My personal opinion is that President Obama could care less about NASA for political reasons.  The biggest one is that he is punishing Texas for voting Republican and many of his political contributors would love to increase their government budgets at the expense of those programs that doesn’t fit in their world view.

How ironic that Texas was the only state in the union that had a net increase in job creation.  Many red states are faring better than the blue states in this economic recession.  Though President Obama and his co-wealth distributionists continue to push for welfare-state programs that increases our national debt and fails to create any jobs in the private sector.

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The Left Stuff

Thursday, July 8, AD 2010

NASA administrator Charles Bolden in an interview with Al Jazeera, tells us all we really need to know about the Obama administration:

“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”

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  • NASA is supposed to launch rockets and other craft, study space, and travel above the atmosphere. Its duties, especially at a time of budget restraints, are not to make any one “feel good,”

    The purpose of NASA was to beat the Russians to the Moon. Having achieved that goal, making people feel good is about as accurate a description of its purpose as any other.

  • Acutally BA I believe the purpose of NASA is to lead the way in exploration of space. If that isn’t its purpose it should be shut down and a new agency created to carry out this crucial task.

  • NASA has another purpose. National Defense. Our technological military uses GPS, satelite immagery, targeting devices and a whole hose of stuff we don’t know about yet. Not to mention that we need NASA if we are to develop a missile defense shield. Now that we don’t have the shuttle, we are relying on Russians and Chinese to get us into space. What if they decide not to let us up? What if they decide to put a nuclear launch platform on the space station pointed at us?

    It seems BHO is not only pandering to the Muslims, he seems to be helping them weaken America. He is cooperating with their jihad. Not necessarily as a willing participant, but at least as a negligent accomplice. Either way, that is an abdication of his authority as Commander in Chief.

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  • Acutally BA I believe the purpose of NASA is to lead the way in exploration of space.

    That may once have been its ostensible purpose (though judging from Gen. Bolden’s statements it may not even be that anymore). But I don’t think this was ever its true purpose.

  • “But I don’t think this was ever its true purpose.”

    Curious as to why. Developing satellite technology in response to Sputnik and beating the Soviets to the moon certainly were part of the Cold War, but just as certainly involved exploration of space, which is precisely what NASA has been, albeit often clumsily, attempting to do throughout its history, at least, apparently, until this current administration.

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  • But I don’t think this was ever its true purpose.

    We beat the Russians to the moon in 1969. What is your conception of what its ‘true purpose’ has been for 41 of the 52 years it has been in existence?

  • While we are at it, the European Union and a number of foreign countries have erected public agencies similar to NASA. None so far have put astronauts on the moon. What is your conception of the ‘true purpose’ of these agencies?

    the problem is not Bolden but rather the man who appointed him.

    It would not surprise me if B.O. devoted not ten minutes of thought to a memorandum prepared by whomever recommending this appointment ‘ere putting his John Henry on a formal letter of nomination. It is not the man, but the whole social nexus of which he is a part.

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