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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Fly Me to the Moon

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Newt Gingrich has been making headlines with his pledge to establish a permanent moon colony if elected president. Gingrich's pledge is not the first time the presidency and "bold ideas in space" have run into each other. In November 1962 President Kennedy sat down with NASA director James Webb and others to discuss NASA's Apollo program and its relative priority within the agency. Click the scrolling transcript below to become a fly on the wall and listen in on this secretly recorded meeting.