REALSPACE: White House and Bolden confused about NASA's mission

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Here is the real problem with our space program: Charlie Bolden, the NASA Administrator, has priorities that have nothing to do with aeronautics or space:

“I am here in the region - its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obama's visit to Cairo - and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obama's "Cairo Initiative" where he announced that he wanted this to become a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. When I became the NASA Administrator - before I became the NASA Administrator - he charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that 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 predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."

Please do not get me wrong I have nothing against the US reaching out to Muslims, or children I just do not think that it’s the NASA Administrators job, that belongs to the Departments of State and Education not NASA.