Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Bolden: No Contact Yet On NASA's Top Job

Just an update here on the situation with the NASA Administrator post: Charlie Bolden might be a leading candidate for the job, but nobody has asked him yet if he's interested.

"I have not been in contact with the (Obama Administration) Transition Team or anybody else," Bolden told Florida Today.

The buzz about Charlie Bolden as a potential nominee for the Top Job at NASA has resounded across the country today.

A surprised Bolden said his phone has been ringing off the hook with people who are asking him "not to say 'no,'" he said.

"It seems like it just came out of nowhere," Bolden said.

He and his wife, Jackie, love Houston and are happy with their post-NASA life in Texas. But Bolden said he's also learned "never to say never."

At 62, the retired Marine Corps Major General has an impressive resume. Just take a look at his NASA BIO

Bolden said he would be open to talking about the future of NASA and the direction that the Obama Administration would like to take the agency. He also has some good ideas about who might make a good NASA Administrator -- "and my name is not on that list," Bolden said.

"If I would have any conversation with the transition team, I would plead for continuity -- if not in people, at least continuity in execution," he said.

"Now does that mean we don't change anything right now in the Constellation system?" he asked. "No, it doesn't mean that. But it means let's take a look at things and get to the moon and Mars."

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