Charles Bolden Is A Patriot

Former astronaut and present NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

Yesterday, I wrote a blog about, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, publicly saying that Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, had misspoken when he stated in an interview to al-Jazeera in Egypt, that the president had told him the new main priority of NASA should be an outreach to the Muslim world to help them feel better about themselves.

Basically, Mr. Bolden was seemingly thrown under the bus by the arrogant and disrespectful Obama administration.

Too bad for Mr. Bolden.  As I said yesterday, would Bolden take the liberty of misrepresenting the president’s initiative not once but twice?  And would he so blatanly do so all the way down in Egypt?  Not on your life.  Bolden is no one’s fool and he certainly does not appear to have a personal agenda.  He’s a patriot and has served his country well.

When he gave the interview, you could see the pride in his face to have the opportunity to represent this president to the Muslim world.

Unfortunately, for him, this president does not deserve such honorable loyalty.

This was written today by Gary Bauer – American Values

The Astronaut Gets Thrown Under The Bus

As we reported recently, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made headlines when he told Al Jazeera TV last month that President Obama wanted him to use his position to make Muslim nations feel good about their contributions to science. (Sadly, as a guest on the Bauer & Rose show noted, Islam’s most recent contribution to “science” appears to be really effective roadside bombs.) But the Al Jazeera appearance wasn’t the first time Bolden had made that claim.

And when the interview made headlines, the White House actually defended Bolden’s remarks, stating “The President has always said that he wants NASA to engage with the world’s best scientists and engineers as we work together to push the boundaries of exploration.  Meeting that mandate requires NASA to partner with countries around the world like Russia and Japan, as well as collaboration with Israel and with many Muslim-majority countries.”

However, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seemingly threw Bolden under the bus Monday, saying, “That was not his task and that’s not the task of NASA.” When asked by reporters if Bolden misspoke, Gibbs answered, “I think so.” Confused yet? Don’t worry, folks, this is perfectly clear.

When the head of NASA, a former astronaut and retired Marine Major General, said that President Obama told him to reach out to Muslims, he just “misspoke” – twice. And his trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he spoke to Al Jazeera and which just happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s much-hyped speech at Cairo University? That was no doubt a personal vacation and not official business, because we all know what a booming space industry Egypt has.

Like so much from the Obama White House, this latest explanation doesn’t pass the straight face test. It is truly regrettable that a good man like Charles Bolden is getting caught up in this administration’s politically correct nonsense.

posted by rightthingtodo on July 14, 2010

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