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W.H. launches Aldrin's defense
politico ^ | 4.14/10 | KENDRA MARR

Posted on 04/14/2010 5:21:00 PM PDT by Nachum

A day after three former astronauts derided President Obama’s space policy, the White House is firing back.

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon from the White House press office, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin applauded the president’s “boldness” and changes to NASA’s human spaceflight missions.

“I believe that this is the right program at the right time, and I hope that NASA and our dedicated space community will embrace this new direction as much as I do,” he said in a statement. “By so doing we can together continue to use space exploration to help drive prosperity and innovation right here on Earth.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aldrins; defense; launches; wh
To boldly spew, where man has never spewed before...
1 posted on 04/14/2010 5:21:00 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 04/14/2010 5:21:23 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
W.H. launches Aldrin's defense

From the headline it sounds like Obama's trying to get Buzz back on Dancing With the Stars ...

Or was it American Idol he got kicked off ...

3 posted on 04/14/2010 5:23:44 PM PDT by x
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To: Nachum

The regime is clown shop ... Obama zombies manufactured here.


4 posted on 04/14/2010 5:23:49 PM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Nachum

“is a near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on developing key, cutting-edge technologies that will take us further and faster – while expanding our opportunities for exploration along...”
I thought that our space program had done just that.


5 posted on 04/14/2010 5:29:38 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Nachum

it sounds like Buzz has had a chip on his shoulder about not being ‘first’ down the steps on the moon

i have thought so numerus times hearing him speak

you would have thought being in the first spacecraft to land on the moon would be big enough

and MAN the ordeal those guys went through!!


6 posted on 04/14/2010 5:29:42 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Nachum
I see Obama got his own astronaut. Neener, neener.

No criticism can go unanswered. Has there ever been a more childish group of empty suits?

7 posted on 04/14/2010 5:31:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Nachum

Read his book. Clearly the man is a narcissist.


8 posted on 04/14/2010 5:33:36 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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Wow, this means that Buzz Aldrin is an Obama loving Democrat.


9 posted on 04/14/2010 5:34:27 PM PDT by WaterBoard
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To: Nachum

First Chuck Yeager and now Buzz Aldrin. Something doesn’t smell right here.


10 posted on 04/14/2010 5:35:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: Nachum
The US space program has been a powerpoint-generating debate society for a long time.

There are as many goals as there are imagined paths to each goal.

11 posted on 04/14/2010 5:36:43 PM PDT by bsf2009
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To: FlingWingFlyer
First Chuck Yeager and now Buzz Aldrin.

To quote a famous philosopher, Jackie Gleason: "To the moon Alice!"

Two unfortunate souls that I had always respected and idolized. (Key word...had)

12 posted on 04/14/2010 5:43:37 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

Same here.


13 posted on 04/14/2010 5:46:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: Nachum

Buzz off.


14 posted on 04/14/2010 5:47:07 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Buzz I can understand. But what on earth did Yeager do (must have missed it)?


15 posted on 04/14/2010 5:49:27 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Nachum

Buzz is runner-up to Neil once again,


16 posted on 04/14/2010 5:50:47 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Obama will sink as fast as he rose. Idolatry will not succeed. Be patient, folks...)
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To: Nachum

Obama and his WH are at war with everyone! Anyone that dares to disagree with Zero gets singled out for the Chicago thuggery and Alinsky treatment. Obama certainly is thin-skinned, isn’t he. A very petty man with a petty administration.


17 posted on 04/14/2010 5:51:45 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Czar

I saw a clip of Yeager, on FNC I think, shortly after Barry made this announcement. He basically said the same thing Aldrin has written here. Almost to the word. That makes me a little suspicious.


18 posted on 04/14/2010 5:51:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: Nachum; All
Well, Buzz Aldrin just went down about 15 notches in my book. It'll take a helluva lot for him to get my respect back.

But we do see one truth about this:

HUSSEIN IS NOT A UNITER, HE IS DIVIDING AMERICANS AGAIN! HE CAN'T EVEN GET FELLOW ASTRONAUTS TOGETHER!

19 posted on 04/14/2010 5:54:24 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Nachum; All
Is this the same Buzz Aldrin who punched a man in the face for merely asking him a question about really landing on the moon? That Buzz Aldrin?

Nice pick for support there, Hussein--a hothead who assaults people.

20 posted on 04/14/2010 5:55:49 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Czar
Yeager
21 posted on 04/14/2010 5:57:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: x

How about a Saturday morning Space show with Buzzazztronaught.


22 posted on 04/14/2010 5:59:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you," O " you most proud, said the said the Lord GOD of hosts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Too bad. I have a few acquaintances from my aerospace & defense days who know and respect General Yeager, as I do, but if this is true, I’m done with him. Air Force legend or not, if you support Obambi Hussein, I’m done with you—no exceptions.


23 posted on 04/14/2010 6:01:12 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It’s worse than I thought. Thanks.


24 posted on 04/14/2010 6:04:53 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Mr. K

Sadly, Buzz went “Hollywood” long before “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s the only retired Air Force flag officer (that I know) who settled in Beverly Hills after his military and NASA days were over.

While Aldrin remains an active supporter of the GOP, but he’s a rarity among former astronauts, in that he has constantly (and eagerly) sought the limelight and seems to enjoy hanging out with the LA crowd—a sharp contrast to his Apollo 11 commmander, Neil Armstrong, who makes few public appearances and even fewer statements on public policy.

Additionally, Aldrin has been on record as opposing a return to the moon since 2003, saying NASA was returning to “old glories” rather than exploring new frontiers. Of course, that ignores the fact that the moon would be a more convenient launching point for long-distance space travel, and a natural place for colonization. But, since Aldrin’s position meshes with Obama, he’s become the administration’s favorite former moon walker. Never mind that virtually every other former astronaut disagrees with his position...


25 posted on 04/14/2010 6:24:39 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Don’t forget: General Yeager has a long-standing grudge against NASA. When they were considering candidates for the initial astronaut cadre, Yeager was rejected almost immediately, for a several of reasons.

First, despite his outstanding record as a combat pilot and test pilot, Yeager never earned a college diploma, while many of those selected by NASA had strong engineering backgrounds and many had graduate degrees. In other words, he didn’t fit the mold that NASA was trying to establish for its astronauts—a mold that still exists today.

Secondly, General Yeager is plain-spoken to a fault, and I’m sure that NASA was fearful of him rocking the boat, or saying something “inappropriate” in front of the wrong crowd. True, many of the early astronauts were hell-raisers and two-fisted drinkers, but they knew how to play the game, and turn on the charm when big wigs and reporters were around. Yeager would have never played that game, another reason that he was never a serious candidate for the astronaut cadre.

And finally, as detailed in “The Right Stuff,” Chuck Yeager had serious differences with NASA and its approach to space flight. While Yeager and the other test pilots at Edwards were flying X-craft to the edge of space, the Mercury astronauts were essentially along for the ride, their craft flown largely by computers and controllers on the ground. Chuck Yeager referred to them (famously) as “spam in a can.” From NASA’s perspective, that was the ultimate sin, one reason that General Yeager spent the last decade of his Air Force career flying operational B-57s and F-4s.

Chuck Yeager is a great American—a hero in every sense of the word. But you’ve got to remember that he’s had a standing feud with NASA for more than 50 years, and it won’t end until he makes that final flight.


26 posted on 04/14/2010 6:37:29 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Nachum

I LOVE YOU BUZZ


27 posted on 04/14/2010 7:11:23 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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