Neil Armstrong’s death reminds Obama of Obama.
As John the Baptist was to Jesus Christ, so Nixon’s megalomania was the forerunner of Obama’s. Nixon called the first Moon landing – and impliedly his Presidential term under which it occurred – “the greatest event since the Creation”, thus putting Jesus Christ in his place.
I agree that that statement was stupid, and that Nixon was a megolomaniac. However, it doesn’t necessarily follow that that statement was connecting his presidency to the moon landing. You’re stretching unless there’s more context.
That’s it?!? Not seeing the massive egomania in this particular item.
The Ego has Landed? Cute. But, petty.
That’s why it’s cute, instead of beautiful.
I’m no fan of Obama but I’m not seeing the ego trip here. The quote is pretty spot-on, as I think it captures the sense of gratitude and optimism that most Americans feel for Armstrong. As for the photo, in what way is a photo of the nation’s leader looking *up* at the moon in contemplation an indication of great ego?
That was pretty much my response, too.
“As for the photo, in what way is a photo of the nation’s leader looking *up* at the moon in contemplation an indication of great ego?”
Really? Neil Armstrong — the first human to set foot on a planet/moon/heavenly body other than Earth, and a man who was renown for his humility and purposefulness in avoiding fame and hero worship — dies, and Obama posts a photo of himself gazing at the Moon. That’s not eogtistical?
And that photo of himself was taken last April but is being used to intimate that Obama was wistfully gazing at the Moon just a day or two ago, supposedly contemplating the passing of a great man and his titanic accomplishments. Riiiiight.
The picture was posted on the White House’s official tumblr site (wasn’t aware there was one). I imagine Obama himself doesn’t post there, but some enamored 20-something staffer who probably never heard of Neil Armstrong. So I can’t fault the President for this either.
Someone came up with a past picture just to sufficiently meet the moment Amrstrong passed away: cheap and easy PR work.
The Armstrong family did ask us to look at the moon as a way of honoring Neil:
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
The family’s full statement can be found here: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/aug/HQ_12_600_armstrong_family.html
I’m no fan of Obama but I think it’s possible that his staff posted that photo in response to the family’s statement. The fact that it’s from April would hardly matter to a staffer looking for a good image for the moment.
Reminds me of Brian Regan’s “I Walked On The Moon” routine– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBJ6yptGqm4