I remember as a child the stunned reaction of adults as the Soviets put Sputnik into orbit and the humiliation of the failure of the United States to match the feat as the Vanguard satellite rocket kept exploding on the launch pad.
I also remember President Kennedy promising a joint session of Congress in May 25, 1961, that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. That promise was kept July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong’s “One Small Step.”
Space was ours to explore. What was next, I wondered. A moon colony? Orbiting cities? Expeditions to Mars?
All of these were possible, as that was NASA’s mandate.
Fast forward to the present.
In keeping with the Obama Administration’s tradition of breaking news of importance to the American public overseas first, as when Secretary of State Clinton announced on Ecuadorian television that the federal government would sue the state of Arizona, Administrator Bolden, while in the Arab nation of Qatar, told Al Jazeera that his foremost mission was "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."
It seems that Administrator Bolden forgot that the space agency’s foremost mission is space.
What a Maroon!
In honor of the great American philosopher Bugs Bunny, who first coined the phrase, I've decided to present the "What a Maroon" award each week to the politician or celebrity who makes the most sand-poundingly stupid statement of recent days.