Obama’s Cryptic NASA Comments: The Result of an Overly Tight Necktie?*

Space pundits are puzzling today over some rather cryptic and, well, downright confusing comments that President Barack Obama made to reporters on Wednesday. The main confusing statement – reported in The Orlando Sentinel – seems to be:

First of all, we have authorized were budgeted for additional shuttle launches that had not been scheduled. So we’re extending the life of the shuttle because a) I think it is doing some important work and b) we are very mindful of the economic impact of the space program in the region.

That’s got everyone scratching their heads because it doesn’t seem to square with the budget documents the Administration recently released which indicate that NASA will go ahead with previous plans to retire the space shuttle next year.

Obama also talks about NASA having a sense of drift in its mission, which is difficult to reconcile with indications that the Obama Administration was endorsing its predecessor’s plan to send humans back to the moon and on to Mars.

The president also indicated that he would be nominating a new NASA Administrator soon, something that would definitely help keep the agency from drifting – if that is, in fact, what it’s doing.

* A Simpsons‘ reference from “Citizen Kang,” a segment that was part of Treehouse of Horrors VII Halloween episode in 1996.

On the eve of the presidential election, space aliens Kang and Kodos use bioduplication to impersonate Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. Earth’s only hope: Homer Simpson! D’OH!

Kent Brockman here, with Campaign ’96: America Flips A Coin. At an appearance this morning, Bill Clinton made some rather cryptic remarks, which aides attributed to an overly tight necktie.

I am Clin-Ton. As overlord, all will kneel trembling before me and obey my brutal commands. [crosses arms] End communication.

Hmm, that’s Slick Willie for you, always with the smooth talk.