The Obama campaign in Florida released earlier today a three-page white paper detailing what the Obama Administration has accomplished in space policy during its first term. The paper itemizes those accomplishments in several areas: extending the life of existing space efforts (such as the ISS), supporting the growth of commercial spaceflight, continued investments in science (principally in earth science, as opposed to astronomy and planetary science), and building support for the next generation of human spaceflight.
The white paper also includes an introductory quote from President Obama:
I am 100 percent committed to the mission of NASA and its future. Because broadening our capabilities in space will continue to serve our society in ways that we can scarcely imagine. Because exploration will once more inspire wonder in a new generation sparking passions and launching careers. And because, ultimately, if we fail to press forward in the pursuit of discovery, we are ceding our future and we are ceding that essential element of the American character.
One item at the end of the white paper might raise a few eyebrows. In the section on “Supporting Development Of The Next-Generation Space Vehicle”, the paper states: “Under President Obama, NASA is developing a new vehicle, the Space Launch System, which will serve as the backbone of its human space exploration program in the post-Shuttle era.” The SLS, though, was not an original Obama Administration proposal but instead the result of a congressional compromise, and until about a year ago supporters of the SLS in Congress were claiming the administration was slow-rolling the design of the SLS.