Just when I thought things couldn't get any crazier in the later portion of the "Hope & Change" agenda, they did.
It seems that President Obama has decided that NASA's primary responsibilities are no longer aeronautics or outer space, but instead, building better relationships with Muslim countries.
Unless you already saw this bizarre news, you probably think I'm even crazier than you previously thought. But folks, if I could make this stuff up, I'd be writing novels instead of commentaries.
And speaking of new gigs, perhaps Hillary Clinton will become an "astro-secretary" or something instead of Secretary of State of our recently ruined country. I mean, if Charles Bolden, the head of NASA in the "Comedy Central Administration" has become the de-facto top apologist for all the failures of America, then Hillary has nothing to do.
She might even strap on a rocket herself for a moon shot instead of riding around on her broom as she usually does. (Ouch! Sorry for the bad mental imagery resulting from referring to the word moon and Hillary in the same sentence.)
But getting back to Bolden and his new job as head of self-esteem for Muslim countries, it's amazing the things he reported while being interviewed by Al-Jazeera recently. In fact, he says that building self esteem for these countries is actually part of his job description.
He claims that Obama told him directly to,"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."
So there is indeed change from this administration. Feeling bad about ourselves and helping other countries feel good about themselves is the change we got, even if it wasn't the change we expected.
And since Bolden told Al Jazeera that "the moon, Mars and asteroids are still planned destinations for NASA", maybe he intends to take people from Muslim countries with him, or have them take us along for the ride. Kind of like getting a camel ride in the Egyptian desert. One can only wonder if the camels will fit in the space ship.
All of this new co-operation is a little hard to fathom for me ever since I found out that there was much glee in the Muslim world after our space shuttle Challenger burned up. As the Investors Business Daily reports today, a prominent imam, Ali AL-Timimi of Washington DC, "called it a 'good omen' for Muslims because it was a blow to their greatest enemy."
In any case, since the only rockets most Muslim countries are interested in carry warheads, I won't hold my breath until a Muslim country sends a man to the moon.
Perhaps when camels fly......