During a press briefing with White House press secretary Scott McClellan, a reporter (not identified by McClellan other than as “Greg”) surprisingly asked about the status of the Vision for Space Exploration, and whether it was, in the reporter’s words, “on the back burner”. McClellan’s response:
It’s reflected in our budget and I think it will be reflected in our upcoming budget, as well. Remember, this is a long-term vision that the President outlined for NASA, that made sure that they were focused on a very clearly-defined mission that is based on 10, 20, 30, 40 years down the road. So he remains committed to it.
McClellan also claimed that Bush mentioned the exploration vision on the campaign trail “a few weeks ago”, adding that “we had an astronaut traveling with us one day.” This appears to be a reference to Bush’s speech at Space Coast Stadium on October 23, when Buzz Aldrin spoke before the President. However, as previously noted here, there’s no evidence, from the campaign’s own transcript of Bush’s speech or press accounts, that Bush actually mentioned space himself other than acknowledging Aldrin’s presence.