‘Cosmos': President Obama Introduces the Rebooted Hit Series (Video)

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane got a pretty solid endorsement for their new science program

President Obama led into the first episode of the new reboot of “Cosmos” with a message encouraging the American people to open their eyes and imaginations to the possibilities of the unknown.

It was a nice trade:  Obama got some uninterrupted face time with a national TV audience and an opportunity to boost his administration's emphasis on science and math; Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane, meanwhile, netted an endorsement for their reboot of the beloved Carl Sagan series that is way more important than anything a TV critic can offer.

Also read: Watch: Fox's Live ‘Cosmos’ Q&A With Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane (Video)

This was actually a pretty natural fit; during the 2012 election, Obama repeatedly emphasized his commitment to expanding math and science education, and announced a new program that would fund a growing corps of elite math and science teachers.

And, of course, Obama has palled around with Tyson, a famed astronomer and “Gravity” spoiler, before.

  • Bill Carroll

    Now it's time to fund NASA! The bailout of the banks cost more than all of our NASA spending since it was founded in 1958. The moon landing, Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rover, and all our research on satellites and other space programs cost less than that one bailout.

    • NoFightingInTheWarRoom

      The President doesn't control the budget, that's Congresses job. Good luck getting any NASA funding with the GOP in power.

      • Bill Carroll

        Neither party is making space exploration a priority… Unfortunately, and mostly because of the GOP, our government is mostly useless. Some people think that our government should be useless, and that is why the GOP is in power. Hopefully by informing people about the good that government can do, I will cause a positive change.
        That said, with the current “free speech” lobbying system, our best bet is probably to legally bribe our politicians through PAC's. Maybe one of the bankers who we bailed out would be willing to help us out…

        • NoFightingInTheWarRoom

          Yeah, I think the Democrats would like to make space exploration a priority, but they are too weak in the spine to stand up for what they believe in and are afraid of getting attacked for “Wasteful spending”. As long as half the country sees science as a pointless endeavor, we are in trouble. Remember, we only went to the moon because a major enemy was threatening to do so first.

          • Bill Carroll

            The Democrats and Republicans are dancing their dance because it's in their mutual sponsors’ best interest to keep things the way they are. Public science education is key. Satellite technology is essential to anyone who owns a cellphone, yet most Americans are happy to have their GPS tell them the way to work and then back home while they chat on their cellphone, without knowing about how any of it works.

          • NoFightingInTheWarRoom

            Exactly. I think it might have been Tyson who said you just have to look at a list of Congress members’ previous professions, and you won't see one scientist, which also explains why theres a lack of effort in pushing science education. Because you are right, education is key, which is why people like Neil Degrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and other science “popularizers” are key. They make science understandable, and even more importantly, entertaining for the general public, which grows interest. I once read a comment on a science article where someone claimed that science isn't important, it doesn't really help society, and everything that can be discovered has been discovered (Lord Kelvin said something similar way back in 1900. How wrong he was). The irony that he was using the INTERNET to say that that science doesn't help society was totally lost on him.