Tuesday, July 13, 2010

White House Backtracks On Muslim Outreach

The White House's backtracking wasn't on all Muslim outreach, however. Rather, the backpedaling was specific to one issue which caused a bit of a firestorm last week.

From Fox News on July 12, 2010:

Muslim Outreach Not the Job of NASA, White House Says

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday [July 12] that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden must have misspoken when he told Al Jazeera last month that one of his top priorities is to reach out to Muslim countries.

"That was not his task and that's not the task of NASA," Gibbs said.


The Muslim comments were met with a wall of criticism last week from conservatives and former NASA officials who said that while Muslim-nation outreach is laudable, it should not be a NASA priority.

Bolden said in the interview that Obama told him before he took the job that he wanted him to do three things: inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships and "perhaps foremost, he wanted me 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 ... and math and engineering."
Less than a week ago,
...Officials from the White House and NASA on Tuesday [July 6] stood by Bolden's statement that part of his mission is to improve relations with Muslim countries....
Whom do you believe: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden or White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs?

And how much of Gibbs's second statement is related to the upcoming November 2010 election, an election that doesn't look particularly good for the Democratic Party?

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is
now openly flouting [a] Federal Appeals court ruling.
Read about this disregard for the rule of law HERE.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 7/13/2010 06:00:00 AM