Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was present on Friday for President Trump’s signing of an executive order to revive the National Space Council first founded by President John F. Kennedy.
Trump first gave a speech about space exploration and Aldrin used a Buzz Lightyear joke from the kid’s movie Toy Story to lighten the mood:
Buzz Aldrin: Infinity and beyond. (Laughter)
Donald Trump: This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something, but it could be infinity, right?
The exchange happened just as Trump started to sit down after his speech to sign the executive order.
You can watch it happen on video here:
Aldrin didn’t look too impressed. His face throughout the entire signing made that very clear.
Buzz Aldrin does not appear to be impressed by Trump’s remarks about space. pic.twitter.com/RMLd3Hbrt4
— Lauren Werner (@LaurenWern) July 1, 2017
This is a bit of Trump’s remarks about space today during his E.O. signing. Just listen (and watch Buzz Aldrin’s face). pic.twitter.com/hrUFAUpptX
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2017
In any case, it’s a good thing Trump is doing this. The council hasn’t been active since the end of George H.W. Bush’s administration in 1993.
But, Trump’s speech was nothing like John F. Kennedy’s famous “we choose to go to the moon” speech. You could see Trump try to give a motivational speech about “space exploration” but it came up short – and it was odd.
It must be noted, however, that if Trump was truly committed to NASA and “space exploration” his latest budget wouldn’t have cut NASA’s earth science department by 11%, 0r $217 million. Trump wants to take the credit publicly in speeches, but his agenda just doesn’t match up. Let’s hope that Trump follows through with his commitments to NASA and the challenges of the space.