This week’s Obama NASA speech stirred up controversy in more ways than one. There’s the fact that he said he plans to ditch going back to the moon in favor of landing on asteroids. There’s also his stated plan to privatize space exploration. Add to that the usual grand plans with little if any detail or idea as to how to make those plans come into fruition, and you have controversy. One person sees it one way, another sees it another way. The Obama NASA speech in Florida this week even got a commentator on MSNBC a little vexed. It seems that no NASA employees allowed to hear the president’s plans for the future of American exploration into space. You can watch his speech in the video below.

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Obama took a trip down to Florida to give a speech to NASA about is vision for the future of U.S. space travel. The problem is, the whole this was apparently staged. I know, I know, staging Obama is not news. However, this one was not just the ever-present teleprompters we’ve grown so accustomed to that we don’t even comment on them any more. It wasn’t even just the planted questions or the invitation only audience. This one went so far that it even caught the attention of long-time NBC science correspondent Jay Barbree. It seems that Obama’s speech to NASA didn’t include NASA. NASA was simply not invited.

BARBREE: …I’m a little disturbed right now, Alex. I just found out some very disturbing news. The President came down here in his campaign and told these 15,000 workers here at the Space Center that if they would vote for him, that he would protect their jobs. 9,000 of them are about to lose their job. He is speaking before 200, extra hundred people here today only. It’s invitation only. He has not invited a single space worker from this space port to attend. It’s only academics and other high officials from outside of the country. Not one of them is invited to hear the President of the United States, on their own space port, speak today. Back to you Alex.

WITT: Alright Jay I can understand why that would certainly get you a bit upset. I will say, on behalf of the Obama administration, they contend that 2500 new jobs will be created, even more, they say, than the 2012 Constellation would have created, that program. So I know all this remains to be seen, but understandably we get why you’re upset, right now. Along with many others down there. Let’s see if the President clears that up later today. Jay thanks so much.

MSNBC speaks on behalf of the Obama administration? That’s interesting. But moving along.

Here’s some good reading from the internet today.

Flopping Aces – Wonder Why The Left & The MSM Doesn’t Cry Over Iraq Anymore?

Jules Crittenden – Funny Accents On The Common

IMAO – Good Things Obama Has Done

Hot Air – WH flips out after righty blogger claims Court candidate is openly gay

Right Media Network Video – Crash The Tea Party Website Declares War!

Michelle Malkin – Obama mocks, we remember

Jill Stanek – O’Reilly spotlights pro-life undercover video of Milwaukee Planned Parenthood

Black & Right – Bonehead of the Day

Bottom Line Up Front (Amy Proctor) – Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin

Okay, so go read. You can watch the video of the Obama NASA speech below. What do you think of there being no NASA employees allowed in audience at the speech?

Obama NASA Speech – Video

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