President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

CBS News interviewed NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver today (July 21, 2009). Gen. Bolden told CBS’ Bill Harwood that the message to him from President Obama was very brief and explicit — “incite inspiration in young people and the country again.”

Gen. Bolden acknowleded that he and Ms. Garver need to gain the “confidence of Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and even the President” in order to move the agency forward. He believes the Augustine panel will provide “reasonable options that we can make work.” He said Mr. Augustine and he share a concern that the multiyear “gap” between the termination of the space shuttle and the availability of a new system not be prolonged.

Ms. Garver expressed optimism that Gen. Bolden and the White House will have options to choose “which will take us beyond Earth orbit in a way that all of America and the world can again be proud.”

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