NASA's been tasked with a "crescent moon" mission--outreach to the Muslim world in a bid to boost their science self-esteem. Just as well, as we seem to lack the actual capacity to actually boost things into actual space under Obama.
Apparently, Charles Bolden (now there's an inappropriate name) was given special instructions by Obama even before coming to head NASA (h/t Hot Air)--
When I became the NASA Administrator — before I became the NASA Administrator — [Obama] charged me with three things: One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, 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 dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.We have an entire, pork-larded, PhD staffed Dept. Of Education to "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math". What?, are we saying now that the real pros...the experts...over at Ed are not up to the task? We have to have a spacey guy run onto the field to get the kiddies all "re-inspired" about math and science? Isn't there an admission about the effectiveness of the billions we spend on education in there?
And, isn't Hilliary Somebody supposed to be doing that "international relationships" stuff? I mean, she has all those neat "reset" buttons and all that '"soft power" she keeps spreading around like pixie dust. Oh, and doesn't she have a whole Department of real experts behind her, too? Well, yes there is that, but in the world of the Obamic Great Receding, Americans can't put a man in space anymore without help from another country. So Bolden DOES have to see if he can wheedle some help from...say, the Chinese.
But Bolden is apparently most straightly tasked with making the Muslim world feel great about a pack of myths that are particularly cherished by the most ignorant man ever to occupy the White House. They first appeared in Obama's Cairo speech, given about six eons ago it seems, and he's had plenty of time to get them straightened out. But, no. Apparently, they are to be expanded and expounded by the head of our (formerly) space agency, who will Bolden go where no truthful man has gone before.