Saturday, July 3, 2010

NASA Has a New Mission: Make Muslims Feel Good About Themselves (video)

The remark excerpted below starts at the 00.50 mark.

NASA administrator Charles Bolden:

"I am here in the region - its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obama's visit to Cairo - and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obama's "Cairo Initiative" where he announced that he wanted this to become a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. When I became the NASA Administrator - before I became the NASA Administrator - he charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that 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 predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."

Recent actions show President Obama has little interest in space exploration. None of the three things Administrator Bolden said Obama charged his with have anything to do with rebuilding NASA or exploring space.

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