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"Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. The science wasn't even there yet. NASA didn't even exist," Obama told a joint session of Congress.
"But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets . . . we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs. This is our generation's Sputnik moment."
For NASA, as it attempts to squeeze a workable human spaceflight program into a tight federal budget, the answers appear to be “somewhere” and “not anytime soon.”
In his annual state of the union address, Obama bluntly told the nation it "lags behind" other countries in academic achievement and said America's "lead has slipped" in vital areas of physical and digital infrastructure. But Obama also sought to rally Americans by comparing the challenge of competing against emerging economic giants such as China and India to the U.S. space race against the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. Read more: www.canada.com...
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by Cuervo
Um.. we get it. Comparing his katrina moment was the same thing. About reaction not accomplishment.
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
What has the U.S done lately to "launch" itself amongst other nations?..
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by CanadianDream420
The whole speech was a confused and pointless mess. He could have just stared blankly into the camera and said "Yarble darble blagh. Gurble blah moo? Murk nukkle blah blah dibblerdarble! (applause) Gerber nakka makka skoo!" and it would have been just as relevant to anything.
And I say this as someone who is undoubtedly a liberal, who voted for the guy, and thinks most of his critics are brainless sponges