Campaign for Working Families

Gary Bauer's End of Day Report


One Giant Leap
Fifty years ago tomorrow, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.  It was an incredible accomplishment, the culmination of years of painstaking work and preparation, and a source of tremendous national pride.
The United States was locked in a bitter Cold War with the Soviet Union, which had the advantage in the space race.  President John F. Kennedy refused to accept the status quo.  In May of 1961, he committed the nation to "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth" in less than 10 years.