Not A Serious Agency
Posted by aogSaturday, 10 July 2010 at 12:55 TrackBack Ping URL

NASA’s administrator (it’s chief executive) announced the other day that President Obama had told him that under his Administration, NASA had three top priorities

  • reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering
  • re-inspire children to achieve in science and mathematics
  • expand our international relationships

Anyone see “space flight”, “exploration”, “research”, or “expanding human frontiers” in that list? Note that these are not projects or goals NASA should have, but its top priorities according to Obama, as reported by the chief Administrator appointed by Obama.

Of course, this doesn’t seem to be getting much press and there are theories about that having to do with Old Media once again protecting Obama from the impact of his own policies. One is left wondering how much a government can be controlled by a populace this is deliberately misinformed about that government by partisan reporting.

The White House response tries to walk the remarks back but doesn’t really succeed.

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erp Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 21:00
Either Obama figures he has nothing more to lose or he thinks he's untouchable.
Hey Skipper Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 08:02
Perhaps, just perhaps, there is more here than meets the eye:
  • re-inspire children to achieve in science and mathematics
I think that is called a "stalking horse".
erp Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 10:19
Why would Obama need to use NASA as a stalking horse to inspire children to study mathematics and science especially since it's being dismantled again? I can't remember if it's the second or third time round.
Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 10:46
Skipper, I do not believe for a moment that Obama ever thinks at that level of detail or planning. His brain is stuffed with leftist platitudes and he acts on those. He doesn't believe in cause and effect, but _thought_ and effect.
Peter Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 11:57
"Houston, we have a problem." "Roger, Lunar XX, go ahead. What is it, the heat shield?" "Negative, the shield is fine. But our onboard Internets are showing this mission to do a figure eight around the moon isn't making Muslims feel any better about themselves, and we're almost ready to commence the first loop." "Confirmed, Lunar XX, we're showing the same. The Chief is talking to the White House right now. Stand by..." * * * "Lunar XX, this is Houston. The President wants to know whether we can change the mission to trace a big crescent around the moon." "A big crescent surrounding the moon beamed down to everyone on earth? How is that going to make the Israelis feel? "Making the Israelis feel better about themselves is the mission of the Post Office, Lunar XX, not NASA. They'll just have to issue a new stamp or something." "OK, but this is going to screw up the re-entry trajectory big time. I have no idea where we will come down. We're going to need a lot of help from the Navy." " No can do, Lunar XX, the Navy has cancelled all leave and is on high alert due to the sudden collapse of Canadian self-esteem. No help there, I'm afraid." "Houston, this is very risky. We can't do this one alone." "Well, the Swedes seem to be doing all right these days, so maybe we can get some help from the Coast Guard." "Whatever, Houston, but I hope the President has considered the potential for disaster and loss of life here." "Of course he has, Lunar XX, but making everybody feel good about themselves is one of the last frontiers mankind has left to cross. If America won't take the risks to do it, who will? Sorry, but you knew that when you signed on." OK, ok, Houston, you can count on me and the rest of the crew. But, just one question. Why in the name of God are we spending so much money and investing so much expertise in making the damn Muslims feel better about themselves?" "Because they're there, Lunar XX. Because they're there."
erp Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 12:26
Very naughty Peter. You know that word you used, G*d, is verboten.
Hey Skipper Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 13:04
Skipper, I do not believe for a moment that Obama ever thinks at that level of detail or planning.
No, of course he didn't. He (and his NASA administrator) are thinking purely in terms of group identity, hence both fail to take on board the glaring irony: perhaps the surest path to destroying Islam is by succeeding in conveying math and science to Muslim children. Peter: Funniest thing I have read in a long time.
David Cohen Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 19:50
Doing it for the children is Kennedyesque.
Annoying Old Guy Monday, 12 July 2010 at 18:16
"White House finally makes the walk back full and official": -- one is just left wondering why, if this was the official position of the Obama Administration from the start, why not # say so when first asked? # call Bolden in to the White House and explain it to _him_? Is Bolden expected to watch this on YouTube and figure out his mission has changed?
Hey Skipper Tuesday, 13 July 2010 at 14:29
From AOG's link above:
First, Bolden told Al Jazeera that “perhaps foremost” among the duties Obama charged him with was making Islamic nations, specifically, “feel good” about their scientific achievements.
After all, unearned self-esteem has worked out so wonderfully here in the US.
Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 13 July 2010 at 14:38
President Obama is President -- what more could you want?
Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 09:34
Wait, I know this will be a major shock, but it seems that the official denial "may just be another historical rewrite": Hard to believe out of this most transparent of all administrations, isn't it?
Harry Eagar Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 23:26
I have not looked at this thread till today, having no more interest in its headline than an idle curiosity that anybody could swallow that. But I was bemused by its longevity, so I decided to look. As usual, Pajamas Media is untrustworthy. A visit to Nasa's website produces the text of Boldin's speech in Cairo on JUNE 15. No mention about top three priorities, but he does refer back to an Obama speech of the previous year in which reaching out to the Muslim world was mentioned. COVER UP! COVER UP! While Boldin states that poor countries cannot be a big help in interplanetary travel, he does not say it is not a priority. What he said was: 'Our long-term space exploration objectives include leaving low-Earth orbit for as yet unknown destinations, most certainly to include Mars.' Another phony outrage. Bleaaah. What you get for paying attention to hatchetmen like Simburg.
AVeryRoughRoadAhead Friday, 16 July 2010 at 11:12
"Space Shuttle Retirement May Be Postponed Under Spending Plan": bq.. The space shuttle, kicked into retirement by the government, may get one more launch after the two already scheduled for NASA's venerable senior citizen. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee authorized a three-year spending plan for NASA on Thursday that goes along with President Obama's call to ditch a proposed return to the Moon, but postpones the mothballing of the big space plane, also sought by the White House. Reuters said the bipartisan compromise was acceptable to the Obama administration, suggesting the bill has a good chance of passing the full Senate. The $1 billion shuttle flight to the International Space Station would launch next summer or fall, following the planned shuttle missions later this year and in early 2011 that would have been the final flights for the orbiter.
Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 08:55
Mr. Eagar; I went and watched the cited video again, and my opinion Pajama Media's reporting on it is accurate. You seem to have looked at the wrong transcript.
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