Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I wanted to find a pithy way of making Barack Obama’s new mission objectives for NASA — now apparently the National Administration of Self-Esteem Antics — into an OOTD. Fortunately, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez encapsulates the utter silliness of mission objectives that have nothing to do with space exploration for an Investors Business Daily cartoon:

This puts Obama’s orders to Charles Bolden in their proper perspective. This is one small step for a bureaucrat, one giant leap backward for NASA.

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That’s one small step for an editorial; one giant leap for editorial kind.

apostic on July 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

One small step for man; one large step for dhimmitude.

Disturb the Universe on July 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

This move by the WH/Bolden does nothing to promote a sense of national honor and patriotism—it is uninspiring to those young boys/girls in this nation who, like the rest of us, look skyward at night and wonder what it’d be like….and then take the steps forward to accomplish.

If the president and Mr. Bolden want to inspire Muslims, then they can both resign their posts, their citizenship in the US, and go become a citizen of the world…..we’ll see how far that gets them. Right now, they need a teat to suckle from, and it just so happen that the two biggest teats in the world are red, white and blue.

ted c on July 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM

And how much is this costing us?

SHARPTOOTH on July 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Heh, James Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web” picked up on the absurdity of this news by referencing old “Honeymooner’s” episodes, where Ralph Kramden threatened, “To the moon, Allah,”

onlineanalyst on July 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM

There’s a great article about this in the Washington Post, surprisingly enough. The basic question is since when does the United States make decisions about which countries to cooperate with on the basis of religion?

ProfessorMiao on July 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Did anybody really expect Obama and his ilk to know what to do with actual science?

You youngsters, take heed. These people are merely saying they’re all reality and science based. We who know science, and know libs, understand that these people know nothing about actual science. Nothing.

The earth is not your mother, my young friends.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

One small step for man; one large step giant leap for dhimmitude.

Disturb the Universe on July 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

With that little fix, you’re spot on!

ProfessorMiao on July 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Let’s give muslim nations the shuttle program. They can supply the pilots.
Randy

williars on July 8, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Houston, we have a problem….

cmsinaz on July 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

All the Beta losers who hate the white Christian culture gotta look up to someone.

The US Prez bows and kisses…..

IlikedAUH2O on July 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Iran is looking into developing a space program. Well, it involves rockets…and payloads….

RBMN on July 8, 2010 at 8:23 AM

With that little fix, you’re spot on!

ProfessorMiao on July 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Thanks. Posting sans coffee is not good for accuracy.

Disturb the Universe on July 8, 2010 at 8:25 AM

You youngsters, take heed. These people are merely saying they’re all reality and science based. We who know science, and know libs, understand that these people know nothing about actual science. Nothing.
 
jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

 
+1. Science by consensus of bureaucrats in paneled offices will lead us wrong. We must teach our children the true scientific method and how to recognize selfish manipulations.

rogerb on July 8, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Iran is looking into developing a space program. Well, it involves rockets…and payloads….

RBMN on July 8, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Ooooh! And a countdown! Don’t forget the countdown….

apostic on July 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Notice to those of the honor culture:

Your ancestors are spinning in their graves. The movement started a while ago but sped up in November of 2008.

IlikedAUH2O on July 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM

A new direction for America.

Reverse.

TimBuk3 on July 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Three people connected with al-Qaeda arrested today in Norway.
From Iraq, Uzbekistan, and China.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jNuJ-Xtl6niPsJ8geJo2SLnNXRLQ

year_of_the_dingo on July 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
How many times do I have to repeat this until I start believing it? So far it ain’t working.

Extrafishy on July 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Houston, we have a problem….

cmsinaz on July 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Post of the day.

Succinct. Says it all.

davidk on July 8, 2010 at 8:31 AM

I don’t know why you hatemongering wingnuts can’t see the Dear Leader’s logic in his new mission for NASA. The symbol of Islam is a crescent moon, after all. That’s space related.

/Gibbs mode

VelvetElvis on July 8, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Øbama‘s new NASA budget will be split between proving man made global warming and demonstrating the feasibility of flying carpets.

petefrt on July 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM

The best response I saw to this was where a poster tallied up the Nobel prizes in physics and medicine for Muslims and Jews. We don’t say “as smart as Einstein” for nothing…

texabama on July 8, 2010 at 8:44 AM

since when does the United States make decisions about which countries to cooperate with on the basis of religion?

ProfessorMiao on July 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Since it elected a race-baiting, Muslim-appeasing, community-organizing fool named Barry Hussein Obama as president.

AZCoyote on July 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Does The One know of the Muslim record on slavery and black slave trading? And that the Arab treatment of black slaves in the past made American slavery look like an expensive summer camp? And did they ever get rid of it???

Hatred of the culture in front of you makes for some really severe myopia.

Just ask our academics, media and…POTUS!!!

IlikedAUH2O on July 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Youngsters across the country have changed their minds about wanting to grow up to be an astronaut. They now want to be like ARod and Lindsay. We have just entered a new dark age.

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

How paternalistic. Dear Liar grew up in a culture of denouncing Rudyard Kipling’s “White man’s burden” thinking, yet takes the exact same attitude when demanding that one of NASA’s chief goals is to build up muslim “self-esteem”.

What’s next, demanding that a muslim country be called the World Cup winner?

rbj on July 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

That picture is perfect. I think this is the worst thing, USA image-wise, that Obaka has done to date. And that is saying something.

ladyingray on July 8, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Burn NASA to the ground. It is an abomination and a travesty. The entire program makes me sick now. For years, I have fought with people to promote the space program, and it all comes to this.

America has lost her way. The last vestige of our pioneer spirit is washed away in a bloody bath of political correctness and liability timidity and obamo-fascist mind-control. Pathetic.

Where are the Huns when you need them? Washington needs to go.

WashingtonsWake on July 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Not to worry. This is just a continuation of him boldly going where no US president has gone before.

ncborn on July 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

What is really ticking me off about this whole NASA thing is that the scientific community has been all but silent on what Obama is doing here.

Where in the hell is the outrage? You would expect every technology campus from Maine to California would have people howling in the streets over this insanity, but so far, nary a peep from anyone!

pilamaye on July 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

To the objective observer, several questions arise.

Will the USA be the first country to put a mosque on the moon?

Will future astronauts have to learn arabic?

Will the Arabic countries be the first to put a camel in orbit?

Dhuka on July 8, 2010 at 9:06 AM

You can definitely see an oil-soaked bid in the astronaut’s boot.

Abby Adams on July 8, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I was hoping we would celebrate the Muslims’ advancements in math by sending a rocket (with a little payload) their way and see if they could mathematically figure out where it will land before it does.

katablog.com on July 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM

One small step for the Muslimification of America, one giant step backwards for America.

albill on July 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I hear Charles Bolden is headed over to Gaza to give those poor Palestinians a level playing field with NASA engineered rockets.

eigafan on July 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM

What would Neil Armstrong say today? I believe it would go something like this. Houston, This is one small step for man, One GIANT KICK IN THE ASS FOR MANKIND!

USMCDevilDog on July 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM

And how much is this costing us?

SHARPTOOTH on July 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM

How much HAS it cost to build up and shut it down.

Well, the layoffs begin……

some of these out of work rocket scientists just may be tempted to work some place else for governments who we dont like. Reverse WWII!

johnnyU on July 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I can’t wait to see the photo Hubble releases to commemorate Muslims. I guess an exploding star of some sort.

johnnyU on July 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Bring Voyager BAck from 150 billion miles away. We need to edit the gold disk.

johnnyU on July 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM

What is really ticking me off about this whole NASA thing is that the scientific community has been all but silent on what Obama is doing here.

pilamaye on July 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I think a large number of us scientists have had enough and are contemplating the necessary reaction that will best result in the correct change for the long term.

A knee-jerk reaction would probably just give Barry an additional reason to take to the stage for another speech and condemnation of the short sighted scientific body.

Remember, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Barry should be concerned by this silence. I suspect it is not what he expected. He wanted an outburst that he could lash out at in a way that would further involve the Muslim world.

Yoop on July 8, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
Obama is not a muslim.
How many times do I have to repeat this until I start believing it? So far it ain’t working.

Extrafishy on July 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

He’s an Obamatheist.

zmdavid on July 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM

What is really ticking me off about this whole NASA thing is that the scientific community has been all but silent on what Obama is doing here.

Where in the hell is the outrage? You would expect every technology campus from Maine to California would have people howling in the streets over this insanity, but so far, nary a peep from anyone!

pilamaye on July 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

They are afraid for their necks. They cannot stick their necks out too far, or they will be on the Islamo-chopping block.

onlineanalyst on July 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I just did a Google search for Obamatheist and I found it used as ObamAtheist – people who don’t believe Obama is God. I think the word should be read as Obama-theist, people who think Obama is God (like Obama actually does).

zmdavid on July 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

B… but… he’s SPOCK!!!

/wingnut

crazy_legs on July 8, 2010 at 9:50 AM

crazy_legs on July 8, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Spock I know. Who is this Obama creature you speak of.

chemman on July 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

America has lost her way. The last vestige of our pioneer spirit is washed away in a bloody bath of political correctness and liability timidity and obamo-fascist mind-control. Pathetic.
about 2000 a holes in DC ,gummit,lobby guys, paper pushers are our biggest problem.
The country has not lost the way they just got had by a snake oil pimp. We are going to take the country back one day at a time. Gandhi used plain old non cooperation quiet well so will we. And Vote like hell, the bastards start out running for school boards,mayor etc.
They want you to give up hope.Tell em no way in Hell,they are desperate and on the run in many parts of this Great Nation!.

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 8, 2010 at 10:24 AM

“Where are the Huns when you need them? Washington needs to go.”
We have been thinking of going to Lancaster Ohio and digging up Gen Sherman , making a deal with him if he will repent for the Burning and take out DC as a symbol of good faith.Kinda makes sense after a while since he did peofess to love this Nation and did not run for office.

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I strongly agree with ya, Ed. Every time I see a blip about this, I go slack jawed. I’m just amazed at the incompetence, and deliberate , inane way Obama goes about running this country.

He’s either got something up his sleeve, or he’s a total waste of skin, in a most dangerous position. What does that say about those who voted for him then? My God, what has happened here????

capejasmine on July 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

This surprises how? Socialism goal is not to lift all people but to bring all people down to the lowest denominator….. except our betters in government.

jukin on July 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

NASA once stood on the Moon.

Now it is bowing to the Crescent.

Steve Z on July 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM

How far we have fallen:

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

– John F. Kennedy, Rice University, 1962

I choose to to subvert the mission of NASA to cater to the Muslims, not because they are reasoning adults, but because they are irrational children, because that goal will serve to bolster their self-esteem while simultaneously sapping our energies and skills, because that challenge is one to which I demand complete subservience, one I am unwilling to postpone, and one which I intend to carry out, because I gave a kicka$$ speech in Cairo.

– Barack H. Obama, 2010

ya2daup on July 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Without muslims, none of what we enjoy today would be possible.

borntoraisehogs on July 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM

In a just world, we would fill B52′s with pork fat and make it rain all over the world.

What’s really crazy is, this sounds totally sane to me.

Squiggy on July 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

One Giant Leap Backwards

Mike Morrissey on July 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

National Administration of Self-Esteem Antics, NAS(E)A, is good. National Administration of Worldwide Self-Esteem Antics, NAWS(E)A, is probably more apt. Rhyming with nausea is on purpose.

BTW, IF mooooolsems need to feel self-esteem so much, they can pay for it. THEY have the money.

Sir Napsalot on July 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM

And how much is this costing us?

SHARPTOOTH on July 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM

More than you think.

Amendment X on July 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Has anyone looked up which statutes of law obasoros is violating by stripping NASA of it’s mandate, and using it as a shell agency to send billions of dollars and invaluable technology to the muzzies? Does anyone know how to track and stop such a treasonous theft? By what authority can obapolpot take over the budget, mission and technology of NASA??

Meanwhile, we’re all wasting our minds and time making fun of his ridiculous directives, and that’s exactly what obamao wants.

His directives sound so insipid, don’t they? “Make muslims feel good”; just a softball hanging in the air, so conveniently placed for the “bitter clingers” to entertain themselves with: “Look, NASA is out of the space business and into muslim self-esteem! Ha-Ha! That Hussein sure is a weirdo!”

Do any of us (Sarah, where are you) realize that the pride of the United States of America, NASA, just got turned into a muslim money and technology laundering agency, right before our laughing eyes?

Those insipid directives have been successfully calculated to mask the sinsister reality of what will really happen at NASA: the wholesale transfer of our technology and countless billions in cash to muslims. Hmmm. And this is constitutional and legal, how?

Soon, they will be able to attack us with our own money and technology.

And we’re falling all over ourselves to comment on the silly little smokescreen that all that will be going on is that NASA will be making the muzzles “feel good about themselves”.

We should be shouting treason and larceny from the rooftops. I’m starting to think obastalin’s handlers really are too many steps ahead of us.

Investigate. Impeach. Imprison.

2012 will be too late, if it even happens. Martial Law is just a penstroke away.

tigerlily on July 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Great contest going on at Michelle Malkin site

This….and more.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM