Obama Will Invoke Sputnik in the State of the Union Tonight

By Chris Mooney | January 25, 2011 6:28 pm

This just in from the White House press secretary, as part of the president’s prepared remarks:

Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist.

But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.

This is potentially very powerful stuff. He’s used the analogy before, but using it the SOTU means a lot more. I’ll be saying more about this tomorrow morning….

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Education, Energy, Politics

Comments (1)

  1. Consider something that I found in my email tonight. It is a flier for a movie called The Genesis Code.

    We are proud to announce that Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, former Republican U.S. Senate nominee, will be attending our VIP red carpet screening of The Genesis Code.

    While the POTUS talks of Sputnick, of innovation and education, the voters of Iowa are getting “three hot-button issues: the battle of science and faith, the discrimination of Christians on college campuses, and the right to life. ”

    Talk about the politicization of science.

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Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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