Obama Picks African American to Head NASA

Published by Pamela Gentry on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:23 am.
Marine Gen. Charles Bolden, Jr., named to head NASA by President Obama.

Marine Gen. Charles Bolden, Jr., named to head NASA by President Obama.

By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst

May 28, 2009 – President Obama is on a roll this week beginning with the nomination of the first Latino to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and following up with naming Gen. Charles Bolden, Jr. as the first African American to head  NASA.

Bolden will fill a post that has been vacant since January 20th, and will face a tough job at the space agency.  The once fearless agency has been hit hard by budget limitations, the lack of a comprehensive strategy for space travel and waning interest in space travel overall by the general public.

Bolden, a former marine General and Space Shuttle pilot, will need to determine what NASA will do next, establish priorities and get the agency’s public relations back on track.

This appointment will add another “first” to the space veteran’s resume.  The former Marine aviator was also the “first” African-American shuttle pilot.  This appointment comes a week after NASA sent a team to space to work on the Hubble Space Telescope. A mission Bolden knows too well.  He flew the space shuttle on four missions, including the one that released the telescope into orbit. 

The Congressional Black Caucus is pleased with Obama’s choice.  “Gen. Bolden has a long and distinguished résumé of military and NASA experience including flying more than 100 sorties in Vietnam and flying two space shuttle missions as pilot and two missions as commander,” Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the Caucus said.
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pierre said on May 28th, 2009

this great to see

David said on May 28th, 2009

still waiting for my Obama free money check. I gotta buy some toilet paper

kate said on May 28th, 2009

When did this happen? I never saw it announced on TV. Usually, he has brought his other appointees out and introduced them via TV. Is this a done deal?

Nitalia said on May 28th, 2009

Hum! Supreme Court vs. Space Travel

I wonder how many more consolation prize appointments will there be?

DaBlakkMan said on May 28th, 2009

David and Nitalia, the days of “white entitlement” are over. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can get on with your “pale” lives. LMAO!!!

Chris said on May 28th, 2009

Why doesn’t BET show him. Instead of showing our young people so much poison, why don’t they show the positive…..BET, whether you know it or not power means responsibility….stop killing our youth and people with ignorance.

stephanie said on May 28th, 2009

I think President Obama is doing a wonderful job and will be one of the best presidents ever.

David said on May 29th, 2009

This is all about acquisition and will be a cataclysmic for NASA!

Wonderful said on May 29th, 2009

David, even if what you say comes to pass, how many of the youth throughout America do you think knew about Gen, Charles Bolden, Jr’s existence, not to mention his credentials as an aviator? This may be a good time for you to stop being a whole that excretes waste. Are you part of the problem, or the solution?

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