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US President Barak Obama is expected to tap four-time shuttle astronaut and retired Marine major general Charles Bolden as NASA's next Deputy Administrator, according to several news reports. Charles Bolden, Image courtesy NASA Pending senate approval, Bolden would be the first black person and second astronaut to take the …

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Joke

zOMG RACEIST!!!1!

Don't you know that in America there are no colors? No black or brown or yellow or even white - only varying degrees of Americans. African American, Asian American, Caucasian American (what?).

To use such archaic terminology is simply racist! You racists!

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"he doesn't have plans"

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Unhappy

Does his race matter??

ActuallyI agree with the honourable (if somewhat excitable) Mr. Prewitt. If he was a white astronaut, you would write just that he is the second astronaut to hold the post, not that he is white. Hispanic or Asian heritage is not usually mentioned in this context (the first asian to hold this office, ...). Also, there is a picture, so those readers who care what he looks like can see. Would you put in a comment if he was mixed race??

We are not in apartheid South Africa, and this is not the 1960s.

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@Chris Bradshaw

Unfortunately we're not in the 25th century, or whenever Star Trek's world of total tolerance and harmony is supposed to exist. I agree it *shouldn't* be necessary to say it, but in 2009 (as opposed to 2509) United States, apparently you can't *not* say "First African-American to <whatever>" either...

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Happy

Experience, just for a change

Being a merkin myself, I think it's good that BO is tapping someone with practical experience and proven leadership skills for this position. Much of NASA's management sorely lacks these, and has for some time.

Also -- RE: the race scrap above -- give it a rest, guys ... too early in the week .... :)

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