SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took a swipe at President Joe Biden on Sunday following the world’s first successful all-civilian mission splashing down on Saturday, claiming that the president was sleeping while history was being made.
One Twitter fan asked Musk after the completion of the mission, “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”
Musk didn’t miss a beat and replied, “He’s still sleeping.”
SpaceX safely returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit on Saturday as the world breathlessly watched once again the innovation and brilliance of Musk’s endeavors. Biden’s, not so much. He was taking downtime in Delaware as multiple crises churned the nation.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2021
The spaceflight launched four civilians into orbit earlier in the week and was in orbit for three days. The passengers included billionaire Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Dr. Sian Proctor, and data engineer Chris Sembroski.
Inspiration4 Mission Director Kip O’Keefe remarked at a news conference, “It’s been an amazing ride for everyone. We couldn’t ask for a more successful mission,” according to Express.co.uk.
CNBC reported that the goal of the Inspiration4 mission was to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Musk pledged $50 million himself and the final total raised was $210 million.
NASA officials, including administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Bill Nelson, congratulated Musk and SpaceX after the mission, giving a nod to the man who is doing what they can’t seem to accomplish. Musk’s competitors also sent a pat on the back to SpaceX for the mission. Those include rival Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Blue Origin.
Congratulations, #Inspiration4! With today's splashdown, you've helped demonstrate that low-Earth orbit is open for business.
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) September 19, 2021
Not only was this the first private SpaceX spaceflight, with a civilian crew, it also had the first black woman pilot who conducted the mission, the youngest American to ever become an astronaut, and the first person to venture into space with a prosthesis. But there was no acknowledgment from President Biden at all concerning the flight.
Even though Musk “would prefer to stay out of politics,” he couldn’t resist jabbing Biden over not making a statement following the event.
In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and, when doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness. That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2021
SpaceX will now focus on its next mission where it will launch four passengers including one NASA astronaut and three wealthy businessmen into space. They will reportedly travel to the international space station for a week-long visit.
Former President Trump frequently referred to Biden as “Sleepy Joe” and Musk’s quip seems to be utilizing that moniker when describing the President.
Trump is still needling Biden over his lethargic responses. He reportedly sent a message to Biden ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, stating, “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin— don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!”
Biden was also accused of falling asleep during a meeting with Israel’s newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The White House and CNN claim that the assertion is untrue.
(Video Credit: IsraeliPM)
“Sleepy Joe” was slammed on Twitter for not recognizing the historic flight:
— adam (@adamhoov) September 19, 2021
— squawksquare (@squawksquare) September 19, 2021
US president- I am the most powerful person in the world
— CA Kakul Misra (@KakulMisra) September 20, 2021
— Marthuk (@MarthukML2) September 19, 2021
— Tim Sams Travel USA (@TimSamsTravelUS) September 20, 2021
Meanwhile, #SleepyJoe is complaing about @elonmusk riches vs Tax and not concerned about the Private Space Exploration adventure progress being achieved!
Congratulations @SpaceX. https://t.co/G1ofR0hygw
— 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐓𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐈𝐊𝐎™ (@twinamasiko) September 19, 2021
#SleepyJoe is taking a nap though…
— Keithius Prime (@KeithiusPrime69) September 19, 2021
Lol Elon Musk went full savage! Awesome. pic.twitter.com/I2GyrFnTXc
— j1e9n8n4a (@jennalynn_84) September 20, 2021
Love it. .so true and sad at the same time
— Sandra Rosputko (@srosputko) September 19, 2021
Nappy time… He already had his apple sauce and ice cream.
— D Man (@SILVERSQUEEZEEE) September 19, 2021
Lmao good ol sleep joe!
— Ging gong (@Gingongthecat) September 20, 2021
Priceless and accurate!!
— Barb (@bmontag) September 20, 2021
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