Orlando Sentinel informed its readers about a subtle tension between the professionals at NASA on one side and members of Barack Obama's team who may have been sent to NASA to deliberately create problems on the other side.
Barack Obama doesn't find the U.S. space program important enough to talk to Mike Griffin in person. So instead, he has sent six people - led by Ms Lori Garver - to NASA to talk about the transition with Griffin.
Rocket science is no string theory but it is damn close. ;-)
Now, Griffin is presiding over a technologically difficult transition from the Space Shuttle program to the Constellation program, NASA's recent project to return to the Moon (and Mars) in a decade with a refreshed technology. Suddenly, he has to face Ms Lori Garver.
In similar discussions, Ms Lori Garver is clearly just a piece of poultry and it is very disrespectful from Mr Barack Obama to subvert NASA's work by sending these incompetent people equipped with the aura of his fame and future power.
Obama's first decision. ;-)
Also, I am concerned by the strength of the intimidation, i.e. by the degree to which Griffin must flatter Obama and his people not to be fired. He probably can't afford to admit that Ms Garver is an arrogant bitch. Mike Griffin has always been an apolitical boss of NASA so if Obama's people have political problems with him, it shows that something is extremely wrong about their attitude to science.