Most federal bureaucracies are happy to see a competent Democrat take charge and clean house, but one dysfunctional agency is furious with Barack Obama. It's NASA, and there is a problem with the "space transition team"!
Mike Griffin, the administrator of NASA, would like his organization to continue to be an overfunded mess, leeching billions annually that could go to useful science and instead spending it on the failed, deadly space shuttle program and terribly ill-advised and scientifically pointless trips to the moon and Mars. He is maybe concerned that Obama will change those priorities! So he threw a big space-bitch-fit.
In a heated 40-minute conversation last week with Lori Garver, a former NASA associate administrator who heads the space transition team, a red-faced Griffin demanded to speak directly to Obama, according to witnesses.
In addition, Griffin is scripting NASA employees and civilian contractors on what they can tell the transition team and has warned aerospace executives not to criticize the agency’s moon program, sources said.