Florida Today reports that Obama is planning to attend the last launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Talk about chutzpah! It was just one year ago when Obama came to KSC with his minions, hid from the workers whom he had lied to during the campaign, and killed America’s entire Human Space Flight Program in less than 45 minutes time. Now he wants to return and rub salt into the wounds of the KSC workers. (Actually the KSC workers have nothing to do with the reason he’s coming. See Update below.)
This is not about the end of the Space Shuttle Program, but the end of our entire Human Space Flight Program after 50 years.
It is my sincere hope that KSC workers and Brevard County make well known to Obama that he is NOT welcome at KSC. If he tries to speak to the KSC workers for a photo op, don’t leave,don’t shake his hand, just turn your back on him and let the photographers get that shot. If he tries to make a speech, stand and turn your back towards him. Show your displeasure the best you can without risking your jobs (while you still have them).
If your already laid off, stand at the gates with signs and large numbers showing your anger towards Obama. Give Obama a “YouTube” moment that he will never forget. Though Obama will probably choose to hide from the workers again, the media will see you and some of them will make sure your message gets out. If you get any good photos or videos of demonstrations against Obama, send them to me and I will publish them.
Spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc. Make yourself be heard KSC!
Update: I would like to give a “hat tip” to Remus, Joseph Farrell, and Richard Hoagland who put all the pieces together and figured out why Obama is coming to KSC. Of course it’s all politics as usual. I’ll explain their reasoning.
So why Obama would return to KSC where he is not welcome by the workforce, and risk a “YouTube moment?” To make an educated guess you first have to think like a politician and not like an aerospace worker. Especially a politician whose poll numbers are falling and are at risk of losing the next election.
There are two major media events happening on April 29th that will dominate the news and no, it’s not the next to last Space Shuttle launch. Earlier that day across the Atlantic a young prince will marry his bride. Since he is heir to the throne of England and the world hasn’t seen such a wedding since his mother was wed over 20 years ago, it’s big news. And even bigger news is the fact that this young prince has decided to invite world leaders from all over the world EXCEPT the President of these United States. There appears to be some bad blood between the Royal Family of England and Mr. Obama, and he is “persona non-grata” at the wedding. Imagine that, the leader of the world’s superpower snubbed and not allowed to be seen at the “wedding of the century.”
Politicians always want to be seen and associated with great or wonderful events. It makes them look like a winner perception wise even if they had nothing to do to make the event happen (which is most of the time). Any politician worth his salt would sell his soul to be seen at this wedding, even if it’s in a crowd photo. Of course that politician will probably try to claim some sort of credit for the happy couple meeting, no matter how hard he has to spin it. Any politician that doesn’t get invited will pout and gnash his teeth for a while, but will get over it as soon as another “big event” comes along that he can attend and maybe take credit for.
But to be deliberately snubbed is another matter. And for Mr. Obama, of all the politicians in the world, to be snubbed is not good for appearances or poll numbers. If you don’t think the media, especially the online and world media, won’t gleefully point out he was snubbed, think again. That’s good for at least several days of articles.
Well that brings us to the next big story of the day. You see at KSC, the wife of Space Shuttle Endeavour Commander Kelly will be attending the launch. As some of you may remember, Commander Kelly’s wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt a few months ago. She had been shot in the head and though the injury was grave and life changing, her recovery has been miraculous. She still has a long ways to go and may never heal 100%, but she is going to be well enough to attend the launch and watch her husband fly Endeavour for the very last time. A heartwarming story that will be covered far and wide and compete with the Royal Wedding. And guess what politician wants to be seen at KSC and interject himself into this story? Since Obama can’t attend the biggest story of the day, he will attend the second biggest story of the day set against the backdrop of a Space Shuttle launch.
This is why Obama is going to risk returning to KSC. It’s all politics and looking like a “winner.” I’m sure Obama will find some way to claim his Health Care Plan had something to do with Congresswoman Giffords recovery and ability to attend the launch.
Hopefully if enough people protest his presence, this visit will end up backfiring politically and he will be shown in his true light which is most certainly NOT a winner.
Update: Well since Obama could not attend the wedding of the century or be seen as part of the Kelly/Giffords romance with the shuttle launch in the background on April 29th and obtain his goal of looking like a “winner”, he instead chose to make own headlines by murdering an unarmed man in his home in another country. On April 29th, Mr. Obama decided that it was time to assassinate Osama Bin Laden although they have had him under surveillance since September 2010! I guess murder of a major terrorist is always good for a headline and making you look like a “winner.” Nice to keep a few major terrorists tucked away just for occasions like this.