While Barack Obama’s speech in Titusville, Florida was big news there, and in the close-knit space community, outside of it the speech was ho-hum. The Washington Post published an article Sunday with a Titusville dateline but only wrote that Obama “talked of protecting Social Security, funding space and ocean research, dealing with the threat posed by climate change and getting a home-cooked meal.” Other major papers, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, published nothing about the speech, although both the Times and the Journal mentioned it in passing in blog posts.. CNN.com reported on a press conference Obama held in Cape Canaveral Saturday morning but focused on offshore drilling (another example of energy trumping space?). FoxNews.com did devote a blog post to the issue, alongside John McCain’s meeting with a Puerto Rican reggaeton star.
But then, the campaigns aren’t paying a lot of attention to the issue, either. Obama’s Titusville speech is, as of Sunday evening, not yet posted in the speeches section of the campaign web site, although there is a blog post about the speech, including a YouTube clip of the relevant section, online. The McCain campaign finally posted its press release reacting to the speech by late Sunday, a day after its release.