President Obama’s Statement on the Loss of Neil Armstrong

“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Neil Armstrong.

“Neil was among the greatest of American heroes–not just of his time, but of all time.  When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation.  They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable–that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.

“Today, Neil’s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown–including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space. That legacy will endure–sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.”

  • Al Girolamo

    Thanks Mr. President for the kind words about Neil Armstrong, but that’s great coming from the person that grounded NASA and took us out of space. Then converted NASA’s mission to a Muslim out reach program.

  • Bobby

    How ironic that the Obama administration’s breaking down of NASA resulted in Neil Armstrong testifying against these ill-conceived actions (something he had not done prior), only to have White House Science Advisor John Holdren (aka Mr. Eugenics) take a crap on a real American hero by claiming that Neil Armstrong’s comments about Constellation were due to him being a one-trick pony, that it was all he knew how to advocate for.

    Mr. President, please shut up.

  • Paul451

    “but that’s great coming from the person that grounded NASA and took us out of space.”

    [sigh] How many times does that crap have to be debunked? Bush cancelled the shuttle program. Obama actually added flights.

    Bush created Constellation, which threw away billions of dollars without producing a single piece of flight-worthy hardware and was falling behind its schedule one-year-per-year. The lunar lander was cancelled before Obama took office. Obama tried to cancel Constellation entirely to free up funds for real NASA research, and when Congress cock-blocked him by created SLS, he merely made sure the program was properly managed (on budget, on schedule. Which it apparently is. Still a stupid program, but at least it’s not “Constellation” level stupidity.)

    Bush did create Commercial Cargo, and Obama expanded that into Commercial Crew (which is how the US really gets back into space, not SLS. Yet Congress, particularly the Republicans, hates commericial crew and has repeatedly tried to defund it.)

    Armstrong attacked Obama because a) he was a committed Republican, and b) he had politically lobbied for ATK for decades (**). His attacks were aimed at keeping ATKs solid rocket program alive. (You’ll note he didn’t attack Bush for cancelling the shuttle before its replacement was ready. He didn’t attack Clinton for keeping the shuttle program alive instead of funding a new manned launcher. Didn’t attack Congress for cancelling the various shuttle-replacements and upgrades over the last 30 years…)

    (** which is why companies put astronauts on their boards. To buy access/prestige. Having an Apollo astronaut is a huge bonus… Having THE Apollo astronaut… It’s the same with defence contractors appointing retired Generals or war heroes. Or appointing politicians, or hiring former political staffers.)

  • What Paul451 said…

    And, if the President of the President of the United States did *nothing* to acknowledge and honor Neil Armstrong, what would you other guys then be saying…?

    You can’t have it both ways.

    In addition to all else, I’m sorry that now we can never convince Neil to change his contrarian views of NewSpace/Commercial Crew (or that subsequent events might do so by demonstration…Elon Musk, who also admired him, explicitly invited him to come and see for himself how they do things), but there’s still hope for Gene Cernan. May he be around at least long enough to see that he was not the *very* last man on the Moon.

  • Warshawski

    What Frank Glover said.

    The future of space is affordable access to space, as can be seen in the comparison between COTS and SLS/Orion that future is via comercial space.

    It is sad that there are some have to denegrate anything Obama has to say and bring political bunfighting into such a time.

  • Greg Holden

    What Paul451, Frank Glover and Warshawski said… RIP Neil Armstrong and Godspeed.