Editor's note: Ok, so everyone wants to know when Bolden is going to be the official nominee. Well the answer is, publicly no one knows. What we do know is that Bolden did meet with Obama as we said he would. We also know that White House Press Secretary Gibbs said this yesterday in response to a reporters question on Bolden:
"Q Can you read out the meeting with Charles Holden today?
MR. GIBBS: I will. I don't know when that is, but we will -- I'll get you something on that. I know with what's going on with NASA and the Hubble, there's obviously great interest in that.
Q Is an announcement of an administrator imminent?
MR. GIBBS: I think the President looks forward to meeting with him and hopes that he's the right person to lead NASA in the coming years and through its evolving role."
As soon as we know something we'll let you know.
Editor's Update: Several sources are reporting the meeting did not go well while another well placed source says we should be patient, it will be any day now. Haven't we heard that before?
Further to my note above, today's White House press briefing had no mention of NASA. And it should also be noted that President Obama will deliver a "Major" national security speech tomorrow at the National Archives so I doubt we'll hear anything tomorrow morning. With Atlantis scheduled to land Friday at 9:01 a.m. CDT at Kennedy Space Center, weather permitting, perhaps we might hear something on Friday??
Editor's Update 10:00 p.m. EDT: At least two sources suggest that when Obama suggested to Bolden during their meeting that cuts to the human spaceflight budget might be needed later, Bolden said he would strongly counsel him not to. Otherwise, it was characterized as a pleasant conversation.