According to Robert Gibbs, Obama never told Charles Bolden, the head of NASA, that Muslim outreach was a priority.
According to Fox News:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden must have misspoken when he told Al Jazeera last month that one of his top priorities is to reach out to Muslim countries.
"That was not his task and that’s not the task of NASA," Gibbs said […]
The White House also backed up Bolden last week when his remarks first stirred controversy. A White House spokesman last Tuesday said Obama wants NASA to engage with the world’s best scientists and that to meet that challenge, NASA must "partner with countries around the world like Russia and Japan, as well as collaboration with Israel and with many Muslim-majority countries."
NASA last week walked back Bolden’s claim that Muslim outreach was the "perhaps foremost" plank of his mission, saying that Bolden was merely talking about his "outreach" responsibilities and that space exploration is still NASA’s No. 1 job.
But Gibbs on Monday appeared to deny that Bolden was asked to focus on Muslim outreach at all.
Asked whether Bolden misspoke, Gibbs said: "I think so."
But why didn’t the Obama administration refute it when Bolden told people this in February?
It looks like the heat is getting to Obama, and they have decided to drop Bolden under a truck.
Who do you think is lying?