The White House denies Bolden’s story
A full week has passed since NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told the Arab TV station al-Jazeera that “perhaps foremost” of the three tasks with which Obama charged him as head of America’s space program was to “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly [sic] Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.” Since then, every conservative commenter in the country has expressed his shock and dismay at this bizarre announcement. And now the White House press secretary implausibly denies that Obama ever gave Bolden such an assignment.
I notice that quite a few commenters at Lucianne.com are portraying Bolden as a good man “thrown under the bus” by Obama . They’re missing the point: according to Bolden himself, Obama before appointing him as NASA chief told him that he wanted him to make Muslim self-esteem a top NASA objective, and Bolden accepted the job on those terms. No one should be excusing Bolden for anything.