Today we mourn the passing of a great American, Neil Armstrong. The thoughts and prayers of the First Family go out to his family on this sad day.
Neil Armstrong was loved by his family, and his family included all Americans whose dreams were fulfilled by his footsteps on the moon 43 years ago. He achieved our national goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s with the help of thousands of NASA scientists, engineers and pioneers in space who went before him, and that extended family is grieving today the loss of one of their own.
On his historic journey to the moon, he didn’t fly there by himself. He was helped along on the wings of our prayers and the hopes of a generation. On this final voyage home to the heavens, may our prayers provide the wind at his back.
Through his strength, perseverance and courage he reached his ultimate dream. May we be inspired by his example and remember what we as a nation can accomplish together. Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.
The Romney campaign was quick to denounce the President’s statement:
The President today insulted the memory of Neil Armstrong. Today, he said that Neil Armstrong didn’t fly to the moon by himself. “He didn’t fly there” in his spaceship into the stars, land safely on the moon and return. No, the President took this sad occasion to redistribute the credit for Armstrong’s signature individual achievement to others, others who did not take the risks, others who did not complete the rigorous training, and others who sat in Houston while Armstrong did the work.
For shame, Mr. President, for exploiting his death for your own agenda. If you agree, please contribute what you can at MittRomney.com.
Vice President Joe Biden also released a statement via Twitter mourning Neil Armstrong’s passing:
Jill and I were saddened to hear of Neil Armstrong’s passing. His Tour de France victories inspired us all. Remember kids, don’t do steroids.
There is nothing sacred during a presidential campaign.