Because Barack Obama says so...

Sadly, I can’t claim that Barack Obama has personally contributed to this project (yet) but I thought it would be appropriate to make this the last post of the year. Obama’s speech is probably the best Christmas present many of us could have hoped for - evidence that, finally, we have a President of the United States who really believes that science is important.

If you haven’t heard / read Barack Obama’s recent speech about science, you can do so here.


  1. Beulah Garner
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM | Permalink | Reply

    The relief is palpable; to hear a world leader talk about science rather than War as a priority for the administration is the stuff of fiction, not progressive science - an indication perhaps of how starved we are of any forward thinking, scientifically or otherwise. To hear Barack Obama talk about enhancing America's competitiveness in terms of science rather than War is surely a political evolution - as well as revolution.
    Rock on Obama!

  2. F. William Weaver, PhD
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 2:01 AM | Permalink | Reply

    If science is so important to so many people why is it that I can not find a job with my doctorate in physical chemistry? I do not think that the new administration cares any more about science than anyone else. As far as I am concerned all of the appointments are window dressing.

  3. Posted January 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    And since Obama's inauguration, there's even more to be hopeful about. "We will raise science to its rightful place" is promising talk - let's hope he follows through.
    He also embraced "non-believers" and the power of technology to solve the problems of the world. This is exactly where the everyday person would be able to see that science IS important - if only governments like our own would start putting money behind their grand statements and following through on a commitment to science, with ACTION.

  4. Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 1:30 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Speaking of Barack Obama:

    Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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