Rep. Pete Olson Needs A New News Watcher

NASA Chief Revealed Muslim Outreach Plan to Al Jazeera Before Congress, Fox News

"Bolden called a couple of lawmakers with the news on June 28, after his interview with the Middle East news organization but before it aired, the newspaper reported. "He ran down some of the things from the president's new space policy, and mentioned outreach to Muslims," Rep. Pete Olson, the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics recalled to the newspaper. "That stunned me. I didn't believe it."

Keith's note: Oops. I guess Rep. Olson missed the comments by fellow Republican Rep. Bill Posey some four months earlier on 23 Feb 2010 on the House floor - as featured on NASA Watch at the time. I guess we can give Rep. Olson a waiver on this since this was one of those 3 minute things that members give in the late afternoon to an empty chamber that only C-SPAN junkies ever see.

Video: Rep. Posey Rips NASA Initiative to Reach out to "Muslim" Countries", earlier post

Of course, there other public statements about this policy that predate the Al Jezeera interview - it would seem that Rep. Olson missed them as well.

NASA plans more outreach to Muslim countries, 16 Feb 2010, OrlandoSentinel

"NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries" as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy. "In addition to the nations that most of you usually hear about when you think about the International Space Station, we now have expanded our efforts to reach out to non-traditional partners," said Bolden, speaking to a lecture hall of young engineering students."

Exciting Developments in Space Exploration and the Future of International Cooperation Remarks by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden American University in Cairo, 15 June 2010

"Soon after President Barack Obama stood in Cairo, just over one year ago, and spoke of Partnership between the United States and Muslims around the world, he asked NASA to change that ratio by reaching out to "non-traditional" partners and strengthening our cooperation in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and in particular in Muslim-majority nations."

We must not discard greatest innovator in history, Walt Cunningham, Houston Chronicle, 27 Feb 2010

"In the place of the canceled Ares and Orion hardware, we now have increased support for education, increased spending on the discredited global warming hypocrisy and subsidies to several new commercial rocket companies. And, oh yes, don't forget a new outreach program to Muslim countries without established space programs."

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