Obama picks first African-American to head NASA

McClatchy NewspapersMay 23, 2009 

WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama today chose Charles Bolden, a retired Marine Corps general, to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and charged him with revitalizing the troubled space agency.

Bolden, 62, would be the first African-American and the second former astronaut to lead NASA. Obama also tabbed Lori Garver, who held several senior NASA posts under President George W. Bush, to be the agency's deputy administrator, the No. 2 official.

“These talented individuals will help put NASA on course to boldly push the boundaries of space, aeronautics and exploration in the 21st Century and ensure the long-term vibrancy of America’s space program,” Obama said this morning.

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