Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Does Obama Have Against Astronauts?


On Tuesday, several White House pool reporters 

complained to Press Secretary Josh Earnest that 

television reporters were given limited coverage of an 

event at the White House.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl and CBS reporter Major Garrett 

chided the administration for barring cameras from a 

meeting between President Barack Obama and the 

surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew that landed 

on the moon July 21st 1969.

Karl believed that the press corps was barred from the

 event due to the astronauts’ previous criticism of the 

president over cancelling the Space Shuttle and 

Constellation programs. Garett quoted the late Neil 

Armstrong’s criticism of the president.

“Is it because some of those Apollo astronauts, 

including Neil Armstrong, was very critical of this 

president for the way he has handled the space 

program … saying that the president’s canceling of 

the Constellation program was lamentably 

embarrassing and unacceptable. 

Is that why the president did not 

want to see television cameras in this photo op?” Karl 

asked, after Earnest told him that the president’s 

schedule did not permit television access.

Before the briefing was over, Major Garrett informed 

Earnest that he was lodging a formal complaint on 

behalf of the press corps regarding the 

administration’s handling of the event.

"Today, the U.S. has no independent capacity to put a man in space. We are simply passengers in someone else's vehicle - and Mary Jo Kopechne found out how well that works." - Hope 'n Change

See More at Rare; Via Michelle Malkin

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