Obamas will attend space shuttle launch
April 20th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Obamas will attend space shuttle launch

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama family plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour later this month.

According to a senior administration official, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha will watch the launch in person on Friday, April 29th at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last shuttle launch, will be commanded by Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head  from the Jan. 8th shootings in Tucson, Arizona.  Doctors expect Giffords to make the trip from her Houston hospital room to see her husband's launch.

Kelly will lead a crew of six to deliver physics instruments to the International Space Station. He resumed training with the team in February after being by his wife's side at an Arizona hospital. The crew will arrive in Florida next Tuesday to begin final preparations for the mission.

After the shuttle launch, President Obama will give a commencement speech at Miami Dade College.

Topics: NASA • The Family

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  1. ThinkAgain

    Awesome for Malia and Sasha – what a wonderful experience for them!

    And Godspeed to the crew and their families!

    April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      Yes Gospeed little ObamaS. After all you are the ones who killed the space program. THANKS, AND MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUCCESS IN DESTROYING AMERICA.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @Gaylon You are really ignorant of the facts. Bush killed the space shuttle program not the Obama's. Look it up.

        April 22, 2011 at 3:36 am |
      • johnharry

        Obama was the 2nd shooter on the grassy knoll, get a clue,

        April 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Daddy did you kill the space program yet? Barry killed off the space program, now we have to hitch rides on Russian Soyuz rockets.

    Wonder if the girls were required to get patted down and photographed naked at the air port? If it's good enough for America's children why not Malia and Sasha?

    April 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Ashwani

      Posted on incredible, that was a very good read. In cooslucinn, someone who actually thinks and understands what they are blogging about. Quite difficult to find of late, especially on the web . I bookmarked your web blog and will make sure to keep coming back here if this is how you always write. thank you, keep it up! .

      April 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  3. Debby

    Great for the 2 girls, but looking at Michelle Obama's frock, she looks like she is ready to launch to.

    April 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • YOYO


      April 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      Just a typical African American look. No one would desire to be see with moose mama.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Sharon

      She looks like a bag lady. I thinks she is trying to hide the fact that her rear end has gotten a lot bigger. It's not working...

      April 21, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    My sentiments exactly. May GOD continue to bless and protect the FIRST FAMILY, as they go about their everyday lives, and as they enjoy the shuttle launching. May GOD certainly watch over and protect the loving husband of Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and his shuttle crew, who are working on behalf of the advancement of this nations' technological future and probable expansion. May they go with GOD and come back safely. To GOD be the GLORY for the contued recovery and rehabilitation process of Ms GIFFORDS!

    April 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      I guess you haven't heard the only reason the Obama's are there is to observe the last space shuttle. He has killed the space program for America. Hurray for your savior. The Traitor. I certainly hope you people appreciate all this moron does for you.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  5. print this CNN

    gloating obama since you shut it down, dont come to Florida, WE DONT LIKE YOU AND WE DONT WANT YOUR RACIST BUTT HERE, STAY AWAY FROM US YOU AMERICA JOB DESTROYING PIG

    April 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Henry

      @print this CNN

      You sound a bit out of control. Prozac anyone.......

      April 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        He don't need any prozac. All he needs is for the White House to be cleanzed.

        April 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Wow, you're really filled with hate! Let's see, today's Ash Wednesday ... perhaps you should meditate on the teachings of Christ ...

      April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  6. Larry L

    When I glanced at this story I wondered if anybody was hateful enough to find something bad to say. A couple of folks believe the President "killed off the space program"? Do you even know where the federal budget comes from? Do you know how former President Bush treated the science and technology investment in America? Isn't Florida one of the "Red States" where everybody wants a smaller federal government? Here's a news flash – small governments don't have space programs! Beyond that point – the shuttles were over 30 years old! It's time to move to the next level. Folks in Florida need to stick to Quran-burning and leave intellectual matters to the folks who know the Earth isn't flat.

    April 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Hear, hear! Well said – thank you!

      April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • dylan42_3

        Hey Gaylon Barrow...did you hear that?...Educate yourself before spewing hate...it is easy for you to point fingers...

        April 21, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      dylan42_3 – Yes I heard it and again must remind you that Congress sets budgets and it was a Democrat budget for Bushes last four years in office. So dummy put the blame one mane. Pelosi, Biden, kerry, Reid and Obama to top it off when he could have vetoed. So don't eat anymore collards they're affecting you brain.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • akk

      Your Great Mom! Posted on I really eissmd you! Don't do that to me again. You have posted some great stuff and I will continue to check your site at least a couple of times each week.

      April 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  7. valwayne

    Now there is some real irony!!! The President that ended U.S. manned exploration of space, and who voluntarily is giving up the U.S. lead in space exploration and technology to the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and Brazilians, want to go watch the last shuttle launch? Obama who touts investment has killed the nations space program in favor of passing out a record number of food stamps. After this launch if the U.S. wants to send someone into space we'll have to pay to hitch a ride with someone else like the Russians! Obama is ending U.S. leadership in space that our nation has enjoyed since President Kennedy! Unbelievable!!!!

    April 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  8. w l jones

    The dept of one soul come from a woman and it is fitting for the president and family to stand with Ms. Giffords at this time in her life what she been through and give her husband all the support can. The space shuttle have serve us well and it time for us to say by.by job well done.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  9. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    The space program is a facinating adventure,which has gone on for a number of years and at a very heavy cost. I would think you adventurous people would also find keeping a roof over your families and food on the table and creating jobs to be also facinating .At.this time ,I think there are more important things for our country's money to support. Of coarse, you have to care about your fellow countrymen to think this way,.!!!!!!

    April 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OMG! One would think BARACK OBAMA was the ONLY one working in WASHINGTON, DC! He must be the judge and the jury! There must not be any CONGRESS. Well they do stay on vacation all the time! No senators, no representatives, no finance/budget committee, no administrational legal department, no defense committee, he must not have ANY advisors, no nothing! He draws up all the resolutional bills, signs them and implements them all, ALL BY HIMSELF! He's a hard-working man. I didn't know he had that much power!

    April 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      All his advisors have criminal records and it is the Congress when Obama uses them that he is supposed to do that makes decisions. He's bypassed them how many times now. OH yeah don't forget the Democrat Cobngress has been in charge for now dang near 8 years. So eat crow old woman.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @print this CNN, you're too cowardice to use a true name. You throw rocks and hide your hand! You may as well put your HOOD and SHEET back on! You and Gaylon both need JESUS! Gaylon you're something else besides 'a 30 year retired veteran'! You're a sick, racist clown! 'Just a typical African American look'....'moose mama', 'savior', 'traitor', 'moron'; 'All he needs is for the White House to be cleanzed'?!? You are pitiful! With that typical white supremast mindset and irresponsible behavior. Sad.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • dylan42_3

      Very Well Said ! F&F !

      April 21, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      There you go again with that word racist.It is you people who are racist. After all the racist and dumb cracks made against Palin, trump and the like I have the right to retaliate. If you don't like quit spewing your hatred out. of course when you hear the things coming from you AAs how can a person let it slide. Remember you started it and we will dang sure finish it anytime you are ready.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  12. w l jones

    We been using the wrong approch to travel in space. Our government have finally woke up and built a take off and landing craft. With this craft one could be halfway to the SUN before the old rocket ship.liftoff.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  13. dominedeus

    How awesome for the Obama family, especially since it's been almost two weeks since the last vacation\weekend get away!! This family is the top offender on the welfare list!!!...and you libs eat this cr@p up!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  14. Jeff McGoosely

    Does this guy ever squeeze any work in between vacations, golf outings, basketball games, jazz fests, NCAA picks, meeting with celebrities, and watching the space shuttle? Did anyone tell this guy that the presidency is a real job, not a reality TV show?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  15. David

    Obama killed the space program, because the shuttle fleet is being retired? Let's see, that's been in the works for a LONG time. On top of that, it's unbelievably expensive (approx. $450 million per) to launch the shuttle. The shuttle fleet is 30 years old... to put that in to prospective for you, the shuttle computer system still runs on it's original ONE MEGABYTE of memory. While I'm sad to see the awesomeness that is the space shuttle go, it's time for those vehicles to be retired. The next big thing, set up by Bush, was to get us back to the moon. Given the financial climate of the country, I'm not so upset about that. Been there, done that, as it were. In the meantime, we have a lot of cool equipment in space right now that's going to give us a lot of data over the next decade. We don't need to keep circling the planet for that. When finances are back in order, forget the moon, let's shoot for mars!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  16. FedUp

    How nice. Another photo op and excuse to spend money. Glad the taxpayers have so much money when we have so much unemployment.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Gaylon, don't be so sure Mr. who will finish it! We're through being scared and running from you racist white devils, OK? Don't even start your threatening because we have people who don't have anything; nothing to lose; who are frustrated with the racist status quo, and are willing to die on their feet, than to live on their knees! Most of all of our 'uncle toms' are dead and gone! Your kind used them up and then killed them! The old brown/black/red mare she ain't what she used to be! Be careful, Gaylon!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Gaylon, We know you lust her, but PALIN AIN'T STUDYING YOU! I haven't said anything racist against that woman! If PALIN is the excuse you want to keep using as the reason for all of your racist quips, go right ahead! But I didn't nor have I ever said anything racially against that woman, OK? She's a con-artist and a filibusterer, but I had not said anything racially against the broad!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey dylan42_3; good responses you've made. We appreciate fair & balanced intelligence. Thank you. @Gaylon; Yes. I am an old lady; old enough to know stupidity, lies, and hate when I see, hear, and read it! I hadn't had a chance to 'eat crow' yet, but don't you end up having to eat it again, in 2012! You are nothing but an old '30 year retired military' white supremast, who's mindset has not changed since the 50s and 60s. I'm old enough to remember how that looks and feels! I will point it out everytime.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    BTW, Gaylon, if collard greens affects the brain, which I hadn't heard about those tests and results, you must have been the guinea pig that they tested them on. Nobody told you to stop eating them in time, huh? The damage has already been done. Are you eating a pot of collards right there at your computer? Reading your stupid posts, it sure does seem like it. I hadn't eat crow, but I guess I had better take collard greens out of my diet too! Before it's too late to make a difference! Thanks for the info!!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  21. Keith, JD

    Some of you blogger are disgusting with your comments. I understand you don't agree with Pres. Obama's policies and maybe [you] don't like what his administration has ACCOMPLISHED, but that should never give you the reason or permission to talk about him the way some of you people do. After all, he is your president too and you should have respect for him. I don't care if your completely to the right or left it is all about respect. Americans need to grow up and think before you post things. I wonder if you people feel better about yourselves after posting such disgusting comments. I also wonder if you would want your kids talking the way you do. Stop the ugly talk and just vote. If you really want to get your points across post a serious and intelligent comment that doesn't comprise of the name calling.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Keith, JD; Good comment. You are right. I'm guilty myself sometimes; but it becomes so aggravating when I read the perpetual DAILY, mean, nasty, hate-ridden, disrespectful posts that have been lodged against The Office of The President of The United States, Pres Obama, his wife, his children, his administration and even his supporters; not to speak of the negative propagandist media spin! They play the biggest role in this disgrace! Believe me, I do try, but I will try harder. Thankyou for your reminder.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm |