President Joe Biden has long faced criticism that he lacks the energy necessary to perform the duties of his job.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk offered a similar theory after the president failed to publicly recognize a major achievement of the innovative space exploration company.
“Refused to even acknowledge”
A number of Twitter users cited Biden’s silence after a SpaceX vessel splashed down off the coast of Florida on Saturday with a first-ever all-civilian crew.
One social media message sought Musk’s input, stating: “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest Americans astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”
In an apparent reference to Biden’s advanced age, Musk tweeted that the president was likely “still sleeping.”
The influential tech executive received largely positive responses to his comment, including one who declared: “These four American explorers should be acknowledged and applauded by the President.”
Of course, some Biden supporters were less than amused. The incident prompted many of them to rehash complaints about former President Donald Trump.
“Yet another commercial success”
Although there was no official response from the White House, NASA administrator and former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) commemorated the event in a statement congratulating the crew of the Inspiration 4.
“With today’s splashdown, you’ve helped demonstrate that low-Earth orbit is open for business,” he added.
For its part, NASA recognized the achievement in a tweet recognizing “yet another commercial success story in our longstanding vision to make [Kennedy Space Center] a multi-user spaceport.”
It is worth noting that after Musk’s social media post, a senior White House official provided The Hill with a statement recognizing the achievement. The statement declared that the “ingenuity” on display “will help our nation continue advancing to the next of our nation’s space exploration,” reiterating Nelson’s conclusion that “they’ve helped demonstrate that low-Earth orbit is open for business.”
Not only did the history-making mission arguably advance the nation’s space industry, but it also served as a huge fundraiser, bringing in more than $200 million on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.