Most transparent administration ever closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press

posted at 9:21 pm on July 22, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House, but no press was allowed. The White House release on the event lists Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as attendees, but I think we can all assume Stanley Kubrick was there, too. Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn?

Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this.

President Obama met with surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew at the White House Tuesday morning to commemorate the 45th anniversary of their visit to the Moon.

Obama met in the Oval office with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The commander of the mission, Neil Armstrong, died in 2012.

And that’s about all that’s known about the meeting. There were no reporters or television crews allowed in the private meeting, so the only record of the event comes from the few still photographers allowed in briefly.

Major Garrett of CBS News lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association, which yes, sounds rather meek and procedural in the face of the Obama administration’s treatment of the press. But it’s nice to see some fight, and such a complaint draws attention to the White House’s opaque standard operating procedure, even on the fluffiest of stories. If they’re willing to close a simple chat with Buzz Aldrin to press, what are the chances they’re being straightforward about, say, their knowledge of the IRS or VA scandals? Anyway, what does the Washington press corps love more than a story about the Washington press corps, after all? Sometimes, you take the stories how you can get them.


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The Lyin’ King wanted to deny the moon landing to Aldrin’s face without the risk of getting decked on live TV.

abobo on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Obaaaama is EVIL !

And the moon landing was fake anyway. And aliens are going to hell so we don’t care about space. The end.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Obama normally loves publicity. Maybe Collins and Aldrin are conservatives and he didn’t want to let them have the publicity.

Fenris on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Gee whiz, MKH!

You do a post like this and give the ‘nutters a free pass?!?
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It STILL won’t match the feeding frenzy level of the old Palin threads … or the percentage of certifiable cuckoos, either.

PolAgnostic on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I want my MTV!

Flange on July 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

President Obama

…EVERYTHING is HIS!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Experience the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

^ Awesome site.

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

…none of the Muslim astronauts were invited.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

“Major Garrett of CBS News lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association…”

major was shaking like a leaf in a typhoon. Serious puszzy mode.

obama’s press corps begs for scraps and licks the droppings.

Period!

crash72 on July 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Armstrong was lucky to have kicked the bucket when he did.

Judge_Dredd on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing desecration mission

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

And now my butt hurts!

Judge_Dredd on July 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits,

It’ll go up to double digits in a few years.

Right about the same time that truthers go up the same amount.

There are too many stupid people for this nation to survive.

nobar on July 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

That’s one small man, and one giant *bleep* against mankind.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Did he invite anyone from the Mexican Space Agency?

docflash on July 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

The reason he didn’t make a photo-op out of the event: He knows, as does the “settled science”, that the moon landing was the catalyst for man-made global warming.

/s

TXUS on July 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Obama met in the Oval office with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The commander of the mission, Neil Armstrong, died in 2012.

And that’s about all that’s known about the meeting. There were no reporters or television crews allowed in the private meeting, so the only record of the event comes from the few still photographers allowed in briefly.

I heard that Buzz Aldrin punched Barky in the nose and flattened his dog-eating azz out.

Personally, I don’t know why any of these guys would even think of going to any meeting with Barky, the third-world, 84 IQ, America-hating sackOS. No one should even acknowledge barky’s existence.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing desecration mission

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

The astronauts were just illegal aliens undocumented aliens unaccompanied aliens whatever the PC term today is, anyway, so they shouldn’t be celebrated.

They probably gave some disease to the original inhabitants of the moon, anyway, that’s why there were none when the rest of the astronauts invaders went.

malclave on July 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

What’s the secret? I bet Obambi just didn’t want everybody to know how dumb he was about space exploration. ‘Moon landing’? (psst, Reggie, what does that mean? Aw c’mon big boy, c’mere. I’ll show you)

DemetriusPhalerum on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

“I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Brat on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Aldrin and Collins probably initially declined to meet with DogEater, upon which they were promptly threatened with ruination of their family members (via IRS, NSA, DOJ, etc. harassment) by the Executive branch criminal conspiracy if they didn’t …

ShainS on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this.

It occurred to me the other day, talking to all the rickety old people who actually saw this in real-time, that unless something changes, the moon landing will get more apocryphal as the years go by. Fewer people will believe it actually happened. Eventually, even among the people that believe, there will be (whatever the equivalent to news specials will be) about the “alien connection” — like the Great Pyramids — which can be summed up in the words of Dr. Peter Venkman:

“No human being would stack books like this.”

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

malclave on July 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

happy Ramadan infidel :O
NMASA is so sorry for that moon thing

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Reflex. They can’t help but be secretive.

The moon program was an example of government doing something that worked. It’s a no brainier to tout that for a Marxist. Why did no one in this regime see that?

rbj on July 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Obozo doesn’t want a record of him celebrating America’s greatness. He’s embarrassed that he’s even meeting with people who are obviously better than him.

Flange on July 22, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The Lyin’ King wanted to deny the moon landing to Aldrin’s face without the risk of getting decked on live TV.

abobo on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I suspect this is closer to the facts than we imagine.

Being an anti-civilization nutcase himself, The One probably demanded- demanded!- that Aldrin and Collins “tell him the truth”, i.e. confirm his fantasy that we never went to the Moon and it was all a colossal fraud to funnel money into CIA projects or something.

From The One’s warped and twisted POV, a private meeting would be a necessity.

If they told him what he wanted to hear, he wouldn’t want anyone else to know because as John Norman used to say, the third level of knowledge is not for the masses. His narcissistic disorder would mandate that he, and only he, be privy to Received Truth.

If, on the other hand, they told him the real story- “We went there and we can show you the landing site with a telescope today, Sir“- then there would be no witnesses to his embarrassment. Including his ranting and raving as he demanded, Torquemada-like, that they “recant” and “confess”.

My guess is we won’t find out what was said for years. Aldrin and Collins, as commissioned officers, would not embarrass the President. Even if he was busy embarrassing himself.

This will, however, add fuel to the fire for the conspiracy theorists. Which is likely The One’s secondary objective, as per Alinsky, i.e., keep things stirred up and keep the enemy busy defending itself against your side’s “righteous” onslaughts.

If there’s one thing a “community organizer” knows how to do, it’s agitate. And if he can do it without getting up out of his comfy chair, so much the better according to him.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

One small step for man…

One giant leap for welfare…

Electrongod on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

What. The. He11.

This is OUR anniversary. Not HIS.

Skywise on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

the rickety old people who actually saw this in real-time,

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Don’t make me track you down/

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

…talking to all the rickety old people who actually saw this in real-time…

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I would smack you like Buzz smacking a nutball, if you weren’t so far away.

As for zero closing off the ceremony, I don’t care. This is something the jerk cannot claim for himself, even with that official photo of him looking wistfully at the moon a while back.

I don’t care much about anything this president tries to put himself in the middle of any more. He will do it, his sycophants will drool over it and the rest of us will have to survive.

Two and a half more years. If we haven’t gone full thunderdome by then, we will still have a chance.

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

He didn’t want it recorded when Aldrin and Collins called him an azzwipe.

Those Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts were real men. A simpering tool like barky probably makes them want to puke.

battalion on July 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

eon on July 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I actually saw a youtube video a few years back where Buzz did just that, deck some punk on live TV for acting the way obama does all the time.

abobo on July 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

battalion on July 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

You left out Skylab. They not only went to space, they repaired a spacecraft.

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Was the LUNAtic Sheela Jakson Lee there too ?
I ‘m sure she still has a lot of questions :O
Like :
DID y’all land on a full moon night ?

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

abobo on July 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

That’s what folks are referencing.

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Obaaaama is EVIL !

And the moon landing was fake anyway. And aliens are going to hell so we don’t care about space. The end.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

You’re rubber room funny.

RickB on July 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I”m surprised The One didn’t commemorate the occassion with a picture of himself. You know, like when Armstrong passed away, BO acknowledged the death with a picture of HIMSELF in front of a full moon. WTF.

MistyLane on July 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Return to Earth was a pretty decent read.

But I doubt dogeater ever read it.

If it doesn’t involve critical race theory, he’s not interested.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Yes, you are right about that as well. They should be included.

battalion on July 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Obaaaama is EVIL !

And the moon landing was fake anyway. And aliens are going to hell so we don’t care about space. The end.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

You own a Vega….

Electrongod on July 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Return to Earth was a pretty decent read.

But I doubt dogeater ever read it.

If it doesn’t involve critical race theory, he’s not interested.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Obama was stuck on Chicago and wasted bong smoke…

The universe didn’t exist to him…

Electrongod on July 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Was the LUNAtic Sheela Jakson Lee there too ?
I ‘m sure she still has a lot of questions :O
Like :
DID y’all land on a full moon night ?

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Undoubtedly she was there to find out — first hand — if Mars is really red …

ShainS on July 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn?

Because anything indicating that America is excellent, or different, or exceptional, should be forgotten, and if it can’t be forgotten, it should be kept behind a curtain where no one can see it.

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Siege mentality.

If there’s a real bloodbath in November, watch for Little Zero to go full moonbat.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Don’t make me track you down/

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

:)

I would smack you like Buzz smacking a nutball, if you weren’t so far away.

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over all the clanking bone sounds.

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

why does NO ONE GET THIS??

the Astronauts are OUTRAGED Obama’s defunded NASA, then retasked NASA to do global warming instead of manned space missions.

ask any questions of Obama? Obama embarrassed,

ask any questions of Astronauts? Obama embarrassed.

mathewsjw on July 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

From the Oval Office……..Repeat after me…slowly…….
There is not now, or ever was, this false idea of American Exceptionalism
There is not now, or ever was, this false idea of American Exceptionalism
There is not now, or ever was, this false idea of American Exceptionalism
There is not now, or ever was, this false idea of American Exceptionalism

FlaMurph on July 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

the Astronauts are OUTRAGED Obama’s defunded NASA, then retasked NASA to do global warming instead of manned space missions.

mathewsjw on July 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Yes, I suspect that’s part of it … and you left out NASA’s primary mission now of Muslim outreach.

ShainS on July 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

To this day, the Mooche has never been less proud of America than she was — as a five-year-old — on that day …

ShainS on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

You didnt build that…obama saying thanks for American ingenuity and courage.

jaywemm on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

O/T

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/52176/136866/en/summary.html

105 of 159 Counties Reporting
Percent Votes
J. H. ‘JACK’ KINGSTON 49.40% 227,328
DAVID A. PERDUE 50.60% 232,814
460,142

as of 10:05PM

bluefox on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

This is not new for this administration. Here is a bit of background on boycotts by the media of using white house official photos in lieu of allowing press photographers into events, functions.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/usa-today-white-house-photo-boycott

A mini-revolt by news organisations against White House press restrictions gathered momentum Monday as USA Today joined other media shops to have declared a boycott on officially issued photographs.

“We do not publish, either in print or online, handout photos originating from the White House press office, except in very extraordinary circumstances,” deputy director Andrew Scott said in a memo to employees. “The functions of the president at the White House are fundamentally public in nature, and should be documented for the public by independent news organizations, not solely by the White House press office.”

The memo followed the submission to the White House last Thursday of a letter signed by 38 US media organisations to protest limits on photographers’ access.

“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” the letter said. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”

The letter was signed by all the US network news divisions and major media organisations, including Gannett, owner of USA Today. USA Today is in the top tier of American newspapers, with a daily subscription base of about 1.7m, including digital editions.

can_con on July 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

What ? Publically honor American ‘colonization’ of the moon ?
Never.

pambi on July 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

They,, some,, thought the surface was covered with a light fine dust that they would sunk in to like quicksand.

They didn’t know. But they went anyway.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I was born 3 weeks after. Grew up reading National Geographics on our space program.

I loved it. I’d read every word 5 times over.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Worst.
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President.
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Ever.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

And now my butt hurts!

Judge_Dredd on July 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

…think what two more years of JugEars will do to it!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

You know that the President considers a photo of himself as the proper way of commemorating historic events.

Allowing the press to cover this event might have generated photos with two too many people in them.

schmuck281 on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

And remember when:

Rosa Parks died: Official BHO Twitter photo: Obama sitting in a bus

Neil Armstrong died: Official BHO Twitter photo: Obama silhouette looking up at a full moon.

Douche.

can_con on July 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Rosa Parks died: Official BHO Twitter photo: Obama sitting in a bus

Sorry, that was Anniversay of Rosa Parks arrest, not death.

Still a douche.

can_con on July 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over all the clanking bone sounds.

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Come QOTD, I am giving free persimmon daiquiris. To all but you.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Now, think how Reagan, or even GWB would have done this, and be very sad.

massrighty on July 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Come QOTD, I am giving free persimmon daiquiris. To all but you.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Now, I deliberately broke that comment up and responded to you and the pantless freak differently. :)

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Why would you close this sort of thing to the public? Seriously.

Bishop on July 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Come QOTD, I am giving free persimmon daiquiris. To all but you.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Can you make my daiquiri out of whiskey instead of rum? And skip the lime and persimmon. Thanks in advance.

Fenris on July 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Don’t you think the real issue is that Obama didn’t want the press asking off-topic questions about the border, the Malaysian Air shoot-down, Hobby Lobby, DC Circuit decision, etc.?

dreadnought62 on July 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

…think what two more years of JugEars will do to it!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Ow my freakin’ JugEars! :P

Judge_Dredd on July 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

We Americans celebrated the Moon Landing before Obama and will celebrate long after he is departed.

Someone posted this, but I don’t remember who it was.

http://www.firstmenonthemoon.com/

bluefox on July 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

.
You own a Vega….

Electrongod on July 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

.
My wife bought a used Vega several months before I met her the first time (Oct 1981).

In those short months, the aluminum engine went bad (didn’t they all?), and a good friend with ‘junkyard connections’ got her a cast iron version of the same engine, and it ran fine for three years.

listens2glenn on July 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Why would you close this sort of thing to the public? Seriously.

Bishop on July 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Two theories I can think of:

Questions. If the press shows up they will ask questions that Obama doesn’t want to answer and will have to say “I don’t want to answer them” and that will lead to bad optics. I don’t find this one believable because that hasn’t stopped them before, they’ve got total control over how the press has access and the astronaut optics should be good. (That’s why I don’t think punishing the press is a valid theory either… They’ve run the press with an iron fist and that wouldn’t change now)

Threats – they’re worried about a threat on POTUS from within the press corp. (That would explain a lot of weirdness recently actually…)

(Of course there’s always – He thinks he’s El Presidente and shouldn’t be bothered with such trivialities…)

Skywise on July 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

If a white president wouldn’t publicly celebrate two of our nation’s black heroes…

TexasDan on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

This is the post that brings out the tin clowns, that the moon landing was faked. You can always separate the real losers from the mere idiots by those that believe the landing wasn’t real.

itsspideyman on July 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Garrett certainly is getting uppity! Next thing you know those damned reporters would be asking The King questions about the various crisis going on around the world.

King Barack obviously doesn’t want to be disturbed.

Besides, those reporters would probably challenge the story that President Obama was in office when the moon landing occurred.

GarandFan on July 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Why doesn’t a reporter simply interview Aldrin and ask him what in the world was said that could not be spoken in front of the American people?

Shy Guy on July 22, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Rickety? Not quite you young whippersnapper.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

That ‘s real classy Axe.

Sadly I would not have expected that from you.

I am far from rickety. I watched the whole thing live.
My father was in charge of the Crawler/Transporter during
several of the Apollo shots.

We watched several Gemini launches on fledgling PBS then the
classes walked outside and watched as the contrails reached for the
heavens. All of the Apollo launches could be seen for our back yard.

Apollo 17 was the finest. It was the last moon shot, and the only
one at night. Once she cleared the trees the entire landscape lit
up several times brighter than a full moon.

And we were 50 miles away.

To paraphrase Churchill,” It was our finest hour.”

Tenwheeler on July 23, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Don’t make me track you down/

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

:)

I would smack you like Buzz smacking a nutball, if you weren’t so far away.

cozmo on July 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over all the clanking bone sounds.

Axe on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

THIS, I miss…

Gohawgs on July 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

That’s pretty weird. I can’t think of any reason not to make it public?

The anti-American exceptionalism theory posted above wouldn’t surprise me, though.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 23, 2014 at 1:34 AM

In those short months, the aluminum engine went bad (didn’t they all?), and a good friend with ‘junkyard connections’ got her a cast iron version of the same engine, and it ran fine for three years.

listens2glenn on July 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

My old electrical teacher would go bug-eyed if he even heard the words “aluminum” and “wires” in the same sentence. He once said it was just good enough to make an electric chair out of for someone who got a family killed in a house fire with their shiny new aluminum wiring.

LawfulGood on July 23, 2014 at 2:48 AM

Barack Obama does not belong in the same room with these two men. Collins and Aldrin are heros. They made America great. Barack Obama makes America lame.

Red Creek on July 23, 2014 at 3:24 AM

That ‘s real classy Axe.

Sadly I would not have expected that from you.

To paraphrase Churchill,” It was our finest hour.”

Tenwheeler on July 23, 2014 at 12:46 AM

First, it’s gratifying to know my past behavior has created positive expectations. I’m surprised and happy.

Second, I was, of course, kidding. :) I’m not exactly a spring chicken, and if death would kindly stop tapping his watch and pointing at me every time we pass in the street, I’d sleep better.

But the reason my mind’s in this furrow to begin with is because — We talk about the “greatest generation,” which we associate with WW2. And we lament the passing of that generation. But the people that “saw” the landings are going to go away too, and generations have come already that have never seen it, not even on disk. And the people that saw the shuttle will be going away. We’re down to being ferried by Russians — no irony there — to and from a glorified Skylab few Americans wanted to have anything to do with.

It just strikes me as odd that the entire manned space program was (potentially) only an event in history. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. And how many generations pass before Americans associate themselves with something so amazing again? This was the quintessentially American thing, the thing that made d!cking around with “high-tech trains” laughable.

But here we are. D!cking around with high-tech trains. And slowly forgetting that it was Americans that ever set foot on another world.

(None of the foregoing was a critique of unmanned space exploration or near-orbit airplane flights. Just talkin’.)

Axe on July 23, 2014 at 4:17 AM

Personally, I don’t know why any of these guys would even think of going to any meeting with Barky, the third-world, 84 IQ, America-hating sackOS.

I agree with this in general. Anyone who’s thinking would never let an idiot like Obama use them.

No one should even acknowledge barky’s existence.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I disagree. I think it’s wise to try to embarrass and humiliate him at every opportunity. =)

If I had been invited to the WH, and found out press access was going to be restricted, I would have made a public spectacle out of Obama’s paranoid behavior.

non-nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Aldrin and Collins
Regular Americans
Might not like The One

Unless you are a brain-dead hand selected drone, you don’t get into a picture with the President anymore. And even then, you only get to be one of this Human Backdrop extras.

A regular American might point out that the President is wearing no clothes, and we can’t have that.

Some bright young reporter should start running a facial recognition algorithm on Obama’s Human Backdrops, and see how many of those faces turn up over and over again…

Haiku Guy on July 23, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Bumpersticker: VOTE REPUBLICAN SO THE PRESS WILL DO THEIR JOBS

Haiku Guy on July 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Jug ears can’t believe the Muslims didn’t get to the moon first with all their scientific contributions in the last couple of centuries.

Major contributions to mankind such as female mutilation, jihad, IEDs, the burka, concubines, polygamy and pedophilia.

txdoc on July 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Obama’s priorities: allows the press to freely film him with Bergdahl’s parents at the WH’s Rose Garden. Apollo 11′s astronauts? A bunch of unworthies. What a disgusting loser we have as president.

non-nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Obama was afraid the astronauts would upstage himself, as it were.

sadatoni on July 23, 2014 at 7:51 AM

The reason Obama does not want to publicly acknowledge the moon landing is because every one involved was a white male, including all of Ground Control in Houston. It gives the lie to diversity.

birdwatcher on July 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

since obama could not make it a selfie as how HE FELT during the moon landings,

no media allowed.

the prima dona in the white house.

sniffles1999 on July 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Maybe the surviving members of the Appollo 11 Mission didn’t want to be photographed with him.

lewis1940 on July 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Here’s the problem:

Obama has asserted that nothing previous matters – only the person sitting in the big boy chair at the moment a particular event occurs.

By that logic, he is able to claim full and sole credit for bin Laden.

By that same logic – and here’s why it’s a problem – Nixon (R) put a man on the moon and returned him safely to Earth.

Obama could never acknowledge that. Ever.

Washington Nearsider on July 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

And slowly forgetting that it was Americans that ever set foot on another world.

Axe on July 23, 2014 at 4:17 AM

*

Axe on July 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Most transparent administration ever closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press

Because Barky originally thought it was the anniversary of the Apollo Theater and that he would be hangin’ with Jay Z, Beyonce and their ilk.

When he found out the only ones attending would be a couple of military test pilots he barred the press and cut the party short.

pain train on July 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I hope Buzz gave him an earful – he’s not one to put up with bullsh!t.

Ward Cleaver on July 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Three words:
Major Robert Lawrence.

Lest we forget.

Libs make it so terribly easy.

Tenwheeler on July 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

He closed it because he knows most of them, if not all, are not supporters of him, and all are upset about the defunding of space research.

He could not let real heroes undermine his photo op.

right2bright on July 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I think the Space Museum should have an event open to the press. Obama doesn’t have the concession for celebrating the Moon Walks. They can have pictures and ice cream and ponies at the space museum and give the heros their due and help kids learn about the moon walks. No one needs Obama to make it an event.
Fight back, live your life.

Fleuries on July 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I think the Space Museum should have an event open to the press. Obama doesn’t have the only concession for celebrating the Moon Walks. They can have pictures and ice cream and ponies at the space museum and give the heros their due and help kids learn about the moon walks. No one needs Obama to make it an event.
Fight back, live your life.

Fleuries on July 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

A small, weak man cannot stand to be photographed next to strong, real men. And he was afraid of the comparison.

Cliff by the Ford on July 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Obama’s priorities: allows the press to freely film him with Bergdahl’s parents at the WH’s Rose Garden. Apollo 11′s astronauts? A bunch of unworthies. What a disgusting loser we have as president.
non-nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 7:27 AM

This juxtaposition is stunning. This is a psychological tell on the malignant narcissist in chief. I do think he was afraid to allow access. Simply afraid of his hollowness being exposed.

Cliff by the Ford on July 23, 2014 at 10:46 AM

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