Jul 10 2010
OBAMA backpedals on making Muslims "feel good" about their non-contributions to space and engineering
NASA chief Charles Bolden’s idiotic remarks about NASA’s outreach program to Muslim countries have now been abandoned with an embarrassing display of doubletalk and helpless shrugs.
Nothing could have made the brouhaha worse than the White House whining. Bolden is now self-identified as a knucklehead. Obama himself is suspect as a crank. Bolden said what he said with much deliberation and a deal of pomposity. Bolden did not “misspeak”:
“President Obama 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.”
The useful lesson here is that Obama treats NASA as a toy soldier left in the barn that he doesn’t much care about. Bolden’s credibility as a leader or planner, already smashed, is now the centerpiece of the laughter that follows the sad question, “What does Obama make of manned space?” John Batchelor