Skip to comments.W.H. launches Aldrin's defense
Posted on 04/14/2010 5:21:00 PM PDT by Nachum
A day after three former astronauts derided President Obamas 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 presidents boldness and changes to NASAs 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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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 ...
The regime is clown shop ... Obama zombies manufactured here.
“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.
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!!
No criticism can go unanswered. Has there ever been a more childish group of empty suits?
Read his book. Clearly the man is a narcissist.
Wow, this means that Buzz Aldrin is an Obama loving Democrat.
First Chuck Yeager and now Buzz Aldrin. Something doesn’t smell right here.
There are as many goals as there are imagined paths to each goal.
To quote a famous philosopher, Jackie Gleason: "To the moon Alice!"
Two unfortunate souls that I had always respected and idolized. (Key word...had)
Buzz I can understand. But what on earth did Yeager do (must have missed it)?
Buzz is runner-up to Neil once again,
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.
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.
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!
Nice pick for support there, Hussein--a hothead who assaults people.
How about a Saturday morning Space show with Buzzazztronaught.
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, Iâm done with him. Air Force legend or not, if you support Obambi Hussein, I’m done with you—no exceptions.
It’s worse than I thought. Thanks.
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...
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.
I LOVE YOU BUZZ