Failure to Launch

The SpaceX failure to send Americans into space yesterday really isn’t a politics story… until it was. NYTimes (emphasis mine):

At Cape Canaveral, Trump’s Search for a Heroic Narrative Is Thwarted

For President Trump, it was a chance to rewrite the story line from tragedy to triumph. Even as the United States reached the grim milestone on Wednesday of 100,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic, he would help mark the nation’s trailblazing return to human spaceflight from American soil.

“But Mr. Trump’s hopes of demonstrating that America was back with the verve of a rocket’s red glare were doused by lightning-filled storm clouds that forced flight controllers to scrub the long-awaited launch of the SpaceX rocket even as the president watched helplessly from the Kennedy Space Center.

“Only minutes after heralding what was to be the first launch of NASA astronauts into orbit from the United States in nearly a decade, a disappointed Mr. Trump scrapped planned remarks and made a hasty retreat to Air Force One to fly back to Washington and the misery of the health crisis.”

I’d be happy if they just shot Trump into the void, but I’d want them to promise to not return him

There’s a thousand jokes about Trump not being able to get it up, so have at ’em in the comments.

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14 Responses to Failure to Launch

  1. Same thing happened when I was supposed to witness a shuttle launch, (minus the political posturing.) Damned Florida weather.

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    • mamadillo says:

      Fortunately, all we have to do generally is wait 5 or 10 minutes, and it will change.


      • I was there a week for both the shuttle and a satellite launch and it did change every 10-15 minutes, but then it would change back to thunderstorms. Had to return to California at the end of the week, only to have the launches two days later. Unsurprisingly, it was a great disappointment.


  2. Funny thing about a launch site stuck in the middle of hurricane season.

    500 quatloos LDN was demanding they launch anyway…

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  3. E.A. Blair says:

    I suppose he’s going to blame this on President Obama, too.

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    • osirisopto says:

      I’m sure he’s been blaming Obama for not being able to get it up for a looooong time, and Melania repeats the oft-heard phrase, “Thanks, Obama.”

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      • mamadillo says:

        ::: and Melania repeats with heart-felt gratitude the oft-heard phrase, “Thanks, Obama.”

        I truthified it for you.


  4. robginchicago says:

    The next available launch time/window is this coming Saturday. This presents a difficult choice for Commander Clorox; golf at one of his clubs, or watch the rocket launch. After the first launch was scrubbed, I figure Trump will choose golf, but he will want to first pressure NASA and Elon Musk to change the path of the launch to fly over his golf club, so that he can bring in a paying crowd of rich swells to watch.

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  5. roket says:

    “After all tomorrow is another day” LDN was heard whining.


  6. Mary Ellen Sandahl says:

    “It’s that Zeus guy! And his hippie lib pal Thor! Out to get me!1 It’s so UNFAIR!!!!”


  7. Mary Ellen Sandahl says:

    BTW, as a sometime cartoonist, I genuflect humbly in the general direction of Pat Byrnes, creator of that brilliant cartoon up top. Gives me deep (yet sharp-edged) satisfaction every time you post it.

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  8. Chris Papalia says:

    Donald Trump and Elon Musk, the only real question is: Which one has the biggest drug habit?


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