I have to start out by saying I was a big fan of the space shuttle when it first came out in the late '70s. I had a space shuttle model mounted on a 747 model hanging from the ceiling in my bedroom before I had Farrah's poster on the wall. Granted, after Farrah's poster arrived, I paid very little attention to the space shuttle, or anything else, for that matter.
I don't know if its true that Obama is behind the retirement of the space shuttle. I doubt he could do that all by himself. I imagine their must have been a plan in place to phase out the shuttle program as we brought in its replacement. Apparently, there won't be a replacement, at least for a few years. I think that is a huge mistake.
Nine thousand highly educated American scientists are now out looking for work. I hope they all stay out of the chicken coop business. I really can't stand the competition.