Palin uses Facebook to remove confusion over Sputnik Moment remark

January 29th, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook New York, Jan.29 (ANI): Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin understands the history of Sputnik.

That is the case she is making today on Facebook, clarifying remarks made earlier in the week that left some people confused.

In a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News, Palin was asked what she thought of President Obama’s declaration that it is now America’s “Sputnik Moment;” a moment similar to 1957 when the U.S. government, shocked by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite, redoubled its efforts to win the space race.

Palin’s response on Wednesday left some room for interpretation:

“When [The President] so often repeated the Sputnik Moment that he would aspire Americans to celebrate. He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space, yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it led to the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union.”

Was Palin suggesting that the Soviets won the space race? Was she suggesting that the collapse of the Soviet Union was somehow an unenviable result of America’s 1957 Sputnik moment? No. Not according to what she posted Facebook today.

Today, according to ABC News, Palin implies that her comments about the “Sputnik Moment,” were not about America’s perspective at the time, but the consequences of Sputnik for the Soviets. (ANI)

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