[Updated] Hillary Clinton, Astronaut
Marking the first all-woman spacewalk, Clinton illustrated just how far gender equality has come in the last 60 years.
“When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut. They wrote back and said they weren’t taking girls,” the former presidential candidate tweeted, because apparently everything has to be about her. She then expressed hope that a “new generation of little girls” will be able to reach for the stars. RT.com
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham; October 26, 1947).
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) NASA begins operations on October 1, 1958 as an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program. Hillary Clinton is 4 weeks shy of her 11th birthday.
NASA introduces its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, on April 9, 1959. This is the first public use of the term astronaut by the agency. Hillary Clinton is 11-1/2 years old.
I don't know about you, but I believe Hillary's story about writing NASA when she was a "little girl" just as much as I believe her story about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia. After all, the female version of George "I cannot tell a lie" Washington is well-known for her probity about topics like Libya and email servers.
Hillary's apparently been making this claim in various forums for years, adjusted to suit the circumstances. Here's what she said about it in a speech at an event celebrating Amelia Earhart on March 20, 2012:
When we decided, under President Kennedy’s leadership, that our nation was going to go to the moon and we were going to have an astronaut program, I wanted to be an astronaut. So when I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut. And of course, there weren’t any women astronauts, and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen. But then I realized I couldn’t see very well, and I wasn’t all that athletic, so probably, I wouldn’t be the first woman astronaut anyway.
Unfortunately for that version of the tale, Kennedy's speech was given when Clinton's 15th birthday was 2 weeks away. Of course, it may just be a memory fart on Hillary's part about exactly what age she was when she wrote to and received a soul-crushing response from NASA. That was surely not a memorable occurrence.
"We choose to go to the Moon", officially titled as the Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort, is a speech delivered by United States President John F. Kennedy about the effort to reach the Moon to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, on September 12, 1962.