President Obama’s Visit and Speech at Cape Canaveral Was Closed to NASA Employees-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email about President Obama’s visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida that took place on April 15, 2010. The President delivered a speech on the future of the Space Program to an audience of 200 invited guests. The eRumor said that not one person in the audience was a space worker nor were they permitted to view the President’s motorcade.
A spokesperson for the Kennedy Space Center told TruthOrFiction.com that NASA employees were present along the route of the motorcade when President Obama visited the Space Port on April 15, 2010 . He said that there were security protocols in place for the President’s protection which included the locking down of the Operations and Checkout Building where he spoke but no other buildings in the Space Facility were locked down to prevent employees from exiting to view the motorcade.
After a historic tour of the facility, the President spoke to a selected group of 200 guests, according to an April 16, 2010 article by Florida Today. The article said that Obama spoke at the Operations and Checkout Building to a gathered crowd that “included congressional legislators, NASA astronauts, senior NASA and contractor managers, people from space policy and advocacy groups, and community leaders.” Click for article
In a similar report on April 15, 2010 the Newsbusters website posted video of NBC correspondent Jay Barbree reporting on the speech from the Space Center saying, “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.”
This appears to be either a letter by a disgruntled space worker or someone who is not a fan of the present administration.
President Obama visited NASA-KSC on 4/15/2010. Here are a few highlights from his trip:
– He arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at approximately 1:30 PM.
– He was driven around KSC & CCAFS to see sites including Space X
The President at Space X
– His motorcade proceeded not far from the building where I work. There is no picture for this historic moment in my life because every building on the military instillation near his motorcade was put into complete lockdown.
– The President then gave a 45 minute speech on his plans for NASA at the Operations and Control building. 1,000 employees were given paid leave to keep them out of the building the entire day. The O&C building was in lockdown from 7 AM to 7 PM including the surrounding parking lots.
– The speech was given to persons who rec’d a White House invitation.
– The President then flew out from the SLF around 3:45 PM.
The President came to “talk to us” about the future of NASA, but NONE of “us” were at his speech. Nor were we able to even wave to him as he drove around. Even his supporters that I work with were livid that they could not even walk out of the building to view his motorcade at a distance. One even stormed off from the single window facing the road he traveled & stated that America is not free.
I can understand the desire for safety for our President, but this was serious over-kill. The President was on a secure facility; surrounded by unarmed nerds w/federally investigated backgrounds. Many of the employees at NASA-KSC have been around since the beginning of the shuttle program. I can honestly say that I do not believe we would have been confined to our buildings or that entire buildings would have been shut down for an entire day if Bush had ever visited … or any other past President for that matter. We, as the media labeled us, truly were hostile territory for this President.
The President’s speech did not tell us anything more than what we could have read in Florida Today. We will still lose 8,000 jobs at just KSC alone. He will “save” 2,000 jobs … not really. Tho, his logic is very similar to the health care bill. We will spend (i.e. lose) 8,000 ($1 trillion dollars) jobs in order to save 2,000 jobs ($100 billion) in the future. He is still cancelling Constellation. He is still relegating us to the back of the bus in the space industry. We still do not have a private industry that can send humans into space. We will give foreign countries millions to employ their citizens in order to send our astronauts into space.
He has proclaimed that he is giving us a “new” direction much like JFK did when he proclaimed that America would go to the moon. Only, his new direction does not have us going to the moon or Mars or even the ISS! He wants us to find where the Easter bunny lives (i.e. Climate Change). This is not a direction for NASA. This is the destruction of America ’s lead in space.
This President spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to come & tell us everything we already knew. He could have simply remained in D.C. & given the same worthless speech to save everyone time & money. Operations at KSC were shut down; some for the entire day. For what? Well, we did learn something. When this President is around the “intelligent workforce that America ’s space industry cannot afford to lose,” we will be locked down & prevented from seeing him.
This narcissistic, communistic President has betrayed America over & over again. His reign of destruction will prove difficult to fix when he is voted out in 2012. Are you, America , up for the challenge?