The NASA Administrator gave an interview with Al Jazeera recently, and he may have been a little too revealing about the tasks which the President assigned to the space agency. (Watch Talk to Al Jazeera â€“ Charles Bolden):
Mr. Bolden: I am here in the region â€“ its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obamaâ€™s visit to Cairo â€“ and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obamaâ€™s â€?Cairo Initiativeâ€? 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 â€“ before I became the NASA Administrator â€“ 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.
For more about Obamaâ€™s Cairo Initiative speech, see my article:Obama In Egypt: Multiculturalist Meets Muslims. Muslims Win.Below, Obamaâ€™s 2009 Cairo speech was broadcast to keen interest throughout the Muslim world.But back to todayâ€™s gafferoo: columnist Charles Krauthammer was suitably appalled, calling Obamaâ€™s hijacking of the American space program â€?the worst combination of group therapy, psychobabble, imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy.â€?