Gibbs: No, it’s not the mission of NASA to build other countries’ self-esteem

posted at 5:10 pm on July 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

I missed the fun last week, but thanks to Ed, I can track the evolution of the talking point. First, Bolden told Al Jazeera that “perhaps foremost” among the duties Obama charged him with was making Islamic nations, specifically, “feel good” about their scientific achievements. Then came the day-after partial retreat with some deputy White House flack insisting that all The One meant was that NASA should continue to partner with other countries, including Muslim ones, in exploring space. Now here’s Gibbsy at today’s briefing, finally abandoning ship. In fairness, if you watch the AJ interview (the key exchange comes about a minute in), Bolden emphasizes that the outreach idea isn’t some diplomacy-for-diplomacy’s-sake measure a la Obama’s speech in Cairo but rather a self-interested attempt to boost Muslim contributions to collaborative international space endeavors from which the U.S. would benefit. That those contributions would be so valuable as to justify making this “perhaps foremost” among his duties seems … highly unlikely, but then as Ed noted, given the state of Obama’s space program, it’s not like we’re busy with more important projects at the moment. Exit question: Obama hasn’t spoken to Bolden yet to clarify his “perhaps foremost” duty?


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The Ground Zero Mosque will suffice.

faraway on July 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

NASA…we have a problem…

kingsjester on July 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM

“That was not his task and that’s not the task of NASA,” Gibbs said.

Hey, Charles Bolden, how does the underside of that bus look?

JohnInCA on July 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Exit question: Obama hasn’t spoken to Bolden yet to clarify his “perhaps foremost” duty?

can’t I just golf?

geez!

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

If Bolden doesn’t golf, it is understandable that they haven’t talked yet.

GnuBreed on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Exit question: Obama hasn’t spoken to Bolden yet to clarify his “perhaps foremost” duty?

Obama just spoke to Bolden, and it’s official: Bolden has been relieved of his duties, and Petraeus is the new head of NASA. Yes, he can multi-task. :-)

joejm65 on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Either Obama really did tell Bolden this was his mission, or Bolden wrongly understood it to be his mission…meaning Obama wasn’t clear and/or didn’t check for understanding. Either way, Obama is a putz.

Dee2008 on July 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

These people need to understand that when “The Junior President from Illinois” tells them something, it has an expiration date.

dirtseller on July 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Gibbs….Oh no you Di – Ant!!

WhatsRight on July 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Another one under the bus.
and another one goes.
and another one goes.
and another one goes under the bus.

Skandia Recluse on July 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Obama and his administration are so incompetent that they can’t get their stories straight on their stealth Muslim agenda.

BuckeyeSam on July 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

allah is back in da house!

hope you had a great vacation!

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

The polling must have been disastrous for Obama to perform such a remarkable 180.

BuckeyeSam on July 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

“People at the White House here talk to NASA all the time…”

Fat, pink, stuffy-nosed White House press flack

Well, that certainly clears that up.

Jaibones on July 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

2.5 years to go with all these radicals in the WH.

faraway on July 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

If Bolden doesn’t golf, it is understandable that they haven’t talked yet.

GnuBreed on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Maybe he could caddy?

Jaibones on July 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Well , it’s not like it’s rocket science.

the_nile on July 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

BuckeyeSam on July 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

No Doubt.

kingsjester on July 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Yeah, we should really help the Muslims with space exploration and rocketry just as we helped Chinese and Pakistani students with nuclear physics in the 50′s through 70′s. Look where that got us.

Special Forces Grunt on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

The NASA administrator claimed that the president personally charged him with a particular task as his #1 priority. So, if, as Gibbs said, this is not true, then that means that the NASA administrator is lying about or (grossly) mischaracterizing what the president told him, or possibly that he’s completely delusional and never understood what the president was talking about. In either case, why hasn’t he been fired?

morganfrost on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

So they’re throwing Bolden under the bus. Shocking! When will it be Holder’s turn?

GarandFan on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

OT: Newt says Obama wants to Change What We Believe In

faraway on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

So just what is the mission of NASA? If not space travel what? Let me guess .Climate change?

sandee on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

How much would it be to put a foot bath on a space shuttle? Also, where do you store the RPG’s?

Jussi on July 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Either Obama really did tell Bolden this was his mission, or Bolden wrongly understood it to be his mission…
Dee2008 on July 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Good point. I’ve got to believe that Bolden didn’t just make this up out of thin air.

Let’s see, who is obsessed with Muslim relations? Who has made Muslim outreach a focal point of his administration? Yeah, where would Bolden get an idea like Muslim outreach as one of his main goals?

Oh well, Bolden is now officially part of the under the bus club.

JohnInCA on July 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

So just what is the mission of NASA? If not space travel what? Let me guess .Climate change?

sandee on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

yepper :)

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

There sure is a lot of “misspeaking” that goes on in this administration. When Bush misspoke he mispronounced words, when Obama and his cronies misspeak, the admit to loving socialists/marxists, admit to being socialists/marxists, admit to thinking socialist/marxist ideas are keen, etc…

Joe Caps on July 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

How do you sneak propane on a shuttle?

faraway on July 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

nobody in this entire administration does anything without dear leader’s OK/talking point….period

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I’m guessing Obama allotted Bolden the standard “twenty minutes” face time (we’re only talking about an $18B budget here) – just like he did with General McChrystal and the BP execs.

And we all saw how well those turned out.

pain train on July 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

OT: Newt says Obama wants to Change What We Believe In

faraway on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Don’t really like Newt, but that is clever.

Fallon on July 12, 2010 at 5:27 PM

morganfrost on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Look! A unicorn!

Joe Caps on July 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Maybe Obama forgot to preface his remarks to Bolden with “Let me be clear . . .”

tpitman on July 12, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Bolden’s first mistake was in not requesting written clarification of those goals.

And if it came across in writing the way he’s expressed it, he should’ve held a press conference, turned over copies of the written directive from the WH to the press, and resigned immediately.

Midas on July 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

AP!

Back, rested and tanned, I trust.

Good Lt on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

OT:

Breaking News:White House Issues New Moratorium on Offshore Drilling

just saw this on FNC site…they never learn do they?

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Not sure what is worse? The Obama mission priority of NASA is true (most likely) or another failure by Obama to put quality people in high level positions.

jukin on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

When will it be Holder’s turn?

GarandFan on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Holder is a fellow traveler and he isn’t going anywhere.

thomasaur on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

It’s not Obama’s fault, he was just trying to preserve NASA’s self-esteem by giving them an important mission. Obama plans to solve the unemployment crisis by hiring millions of people to go around help people’s self esteem. He was going to rename NASA to be the National Alliance of Self-esteem Assistors.

pedestrian on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

OT:

Breaking News:White House Issues New Moratorium on Offshore Drilling
just saw this on FNC site…they never learn do they?

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

LOL, when does this qualify as ‘contempt of court’ and have some consequences for WH nitwits?

Midas on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Exit question: Obama hasn’t spoken to Bolden yet to clarify his “perhaps foremost” duty?

Soon to be reassigned to changing out the puke bags on the Vomit Comet!

chickasaw42 on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

a self-interested attempt to boost Muslim contributions to collaborative international space endeavors from which the U.S. would benefit.

The only thing that muslims could contribute would be some of the money they would otherwise contribute to terrorists.

Tav on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Even simple things are hard with these intellectual good-for-nothings….
in previous years…
NASA: fly stuff from the ground to space and back, safely. Do experiments. Make cool stuff like TANG.

and today….
NASA: wherewith the administration, should in good measure, seek to propagate the science and technology of space travel and heretoforthwith yield concern to all countries to ensure maximum benefit to all citizens of the world yet, let me be clear, Mr. Obama wasn’t elected president to fly stuff from the ground and back….

clarity. lack thereof.

ted c on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

OT: has Ed seen this yet?

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

these guys couldn’t run the Tilt-A-Whirl at the state fair, let alone NASA…/

ted c on July 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I now that I should be used to it by now as I’ve been a political cynic my entire adult life, if not before. But I amk still amazed by how blithely Fibbsy is willing to mouth fabrication that are not even remotely credible. Only sociopathsto can pull this off with such nonchalance while openly displaying disregard for whom he is speaking to with such demonstrable arrogance.

Unnreal!

Archimedes on July 12, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Midas on July 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

exactly!

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

YikesZ! A typo tsunami!

Archimedes on July 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Gibbs: No, it’s not the mission of NASA to build other countries’ self-esteem

I’m gonna put my money on… Gibbs is lying.

Fallon on July 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

So just what is the mission of NASA? If not space travel what? Let me guess. Climate change?

sandee on July 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Bing!

Jaibones on July 12, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Petraeus is the new head of NASA. Yes, he can multi-task. :-)

joejm65 on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Petraeus reported overjoyed at the prospect of winning Klingon Hearts and Minds with COIN.

Tav on July 12, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Between Gibbs, Junior and Bolden…I slightly trust Bolden.

The other two know truth only as what they say it to be. Not what it was, not what it will be later.

Harry Schell on July 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Archimedes on July 12, 2010 at 5:34 PM

He makes me want to punch him in the face so I refuse to watch or listen to him. It’s bad enough reading available transcripts of him.

thomasaur on July 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Petraeus is the new head of NASA. Yes, he can multi-task. :-)

joejm65 on July 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Petraeus reported overjoyed at the prospect of winning K-lingon Hearts and Minds with COIN.

Tav on July 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Thump, thump, thump, thump, taste the axles Bolden.

Philly on July 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Breaking News:White House Issues New Moratorium on Offshore Drilling
just saw this on FNC site…they never learn do they?

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Alternate headline: Federal court set to shame White House once again.

ted c on July 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM

ted c on July 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM

heh

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Ladies and gentlemen
and everyone in between
Presenting to you
the new Head of MASA

tadaaa

macncheez on July 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM

What?!! They are shutting down the feel good shuttle? I just thought of another Islamic good thing too….perfect tie in with NASA too. Islams minarets inspired the najis kufar to built rocket ships because of their shape. Thanks Islam!!!

BL@KBIRD on July 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM

macncheez on July 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM

excellent :)

lolol

cmsinaz on July 12, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Alternate headline: Federal court set to shame White House once again.

ted c on July 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Ted…really doesn’t matter anymore what the Federal courts do. The kenyan has had the desired effect in killing the business that I make my living doing; supporting oil and gas production in the GOM. Who in their right mind is going to consider investing billions of $$ while this clown and his posse are in charge?

lukespapa on July 12, 2010 at 5:50 PM

YOU DON’T THINK BAGHDAD BOB WOULD LIE TO US DO YOU????????

SDarchitect on July 12, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Haha!!!

Instead of involving them in the space program,

how about something that isn’t so daunting

I suggest we involve them in the ” matchbox ” car production lne

better chance of being able to add something meaningfull

Sonosam on July 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Yes, because what we need most is to enhance the proclivity of Muslim nations to toy around with missiles. This should be followed up with an “Atoms for Peace” initiative by the DOE.

Why doesn’t Obama just change the targeting of our own missiles to our own cities, push the red button and get it over with.

jnelchef on July 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

You know, I’ve watched “The Right Stuff,” “Apollo 13,” and “Armageddon” a dozen times… and I don’t recall NASA’s mission being anything other than space exploration. (Except for the Bizarro World NASA in Capricorn One, starring OJ Simpson.)

But I like the idea of NASA reaching out to Islamic Jihadists… especially with particle-beam weapons.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Who is this “Allahpundit” chap? Is he new?

Sharke on July 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM

From last week:

Officials from the White House and NASA on Tuesday stood by Bolden’s statement that part of his mission is to improve relations with Muslim countries — though NASA backed off the claim that such international diplomacy is Bolden’s “foremost” responsibility.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Del, that was before they got the internal polls back.

kingsjester on July 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM

George Costanza: it’s not a lie if I believe it.

The Obama Administration: it’s not a lie if we don’t believe it.

Dhuka on July 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Who is this “Allahpundit” chap? Is he new?

Sharke on July 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Not new but he is improved. Welcome back, AP.

DeweyWins on July 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM

The palate cleanser I long for: an audio mashup of the bolden interview, changing his primary objective to “take off and nuke the site from orbit…”

TexasDan on July 12, 2010 at 6:14 PM

The very fact Bolden was on Al Jazeera proves the point. Who scheduled that interview / cleared it? Why did they schedule this interview? To introduce NASA and their foremost mission to Al Jazeera viewers.

James on July 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Fire that sumbitch. And tha NASA dude while you’re at it.

Denverslim on July 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM

It always struck me that Bolden was just pandering to the al-Jazeera audience.

If that really were NASA’s top priority, most of the scientists who work there would quit.

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Obama’s attitude towards NASA would completely turn around if he would only watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdqBL5pdRT8

mrt721 on July 12, 2010 at 6:34 PM

It always struck me that Bolden was just pandering to the al-Jazeera audience.

If that really were NASA’s top priority, most of the scientists who work there would quit.

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Concerning your first statement, isn’t admitting that a government official “pandered” to a worldwide Muslim TV audience admitting that this whole thing is scary? Would you give a pass to a Republican NASA head if he had said the same thing about some other group? Of course not.

And the NASA scientists won’t quit. Who would they go to work for?

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 6:40 PM

…attempt to boost Muslim contributions to collaborative international space endeavors…

Yeah, like throwing rocks in zero gravity will somehow contribute to man’s scientific knowledge.

n0doz on July 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Q: What do you get when you cross a humpbot with an I-Phone?

A: Meghan McCain’s replacement?

Welcome back, Allahpundit!

hillbillyjim on July 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Uh uh, Obowma got caught, lame stream media wasn’t able to hide it … geeze, isn’t that just too bad.

I wonder what our Muslim dear reader will be trying next.

tarpon on July 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Allah, I HATE that I missed you! ;)

kagai on July 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM

‘Rahm! Tell those morons to stop repeating what I’m saying! Don’t they know any better than to repeat stuff like that? What are the citizens subject gonna think?’ — Prezidunce.

TinMan13 on July 12, 2010 at 7:23 PM

So, essentially;

“This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.”

Hmmm… Where have I heard that before…

massrighty on July 12, 2010 at 8:20 PM

First, Bolden told Al Jazeera that “perhaps foremost” among the duties Obama charged him with was making Islamic nations, specifically, “feel good” about their scientific achievements.

Kind of reminds me of that joke where Bush meets with the Saudi king and invites him to watch some episodes of Star Trek. After watching several episodes the Saudi king inquires of Bush and asks, “why are there no Muslims in Star Trek?” To which Bush responds, “Star Trek is a show based on the future…”

Liberty or Death on July 12, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Gibbs: “No, it’s not the mission of NASA to build other countries’ self-esteem”

Tell your boss that!

GFW on July 12, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Obama’s attitude towards NASA would completely turn around if he would only watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdqBL5pdRT8

mrt721 on July 12, 2010 at 6:34 PM

LOL “Obama, you’ve got a lot of golf courses here, don’t you.”

kathleen on July 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Gibbs reminds me of Baghdad Bob: No American troops here. Move along, nothing to see here!

I’m shocked Gibby even knew about Bolden’s statement. I thought he avoided gaining knowledge about any topic which might be controversial. That way he can say “I don’t have anything on that…” and not have his nose grow longer.

Mad Mad Monica on July 13, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Why does the Muslim world need NASA.
Does not Louis Farrakan already have a mother ship?

mechkiller_k on July 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM