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America’s leadership light-years from JFK

Jonathan Porter

We choose to go to the Moon, and do the other things. Not because they are easy but because they are hard!

So President John F. Kennedy issued his clarion call to the nation to put a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s.

But one of the first men on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin says he does not know where we can get that kind of political will any more.

Speaking in Sydney to open a photographic exhibition sponsored by UBank, he called on the young people to study science and engineering.

It was his own work for his Phd on space rendezvous that earned him his own ticket to the Moon with Neil Armstrong in July 1969, just scraping in to beat the martyred president’s target.

Asked if the nation needed a new JFK to unite America behind a renwed push to get off this rock he said: “People offer themselves for those positions then work their way through the nominating process. I wish I could tell you more about how we could get inspitational leadership.”

Later in an exclusive interview with Lunch Magazine he admits he does not know where future leaders could come from.

“Short term interests take precedence over long term interests,” he says.

Buzz Aldrin was in Sydney to open an exhibition of captivating images that depict his ‘since today’ moments where he changed the world forever. Aldrin gave an inspirational speech about his achievements and presented images from his early pilot training days through to his trip to the moon.

Tom Dunne Gallery
11 Little Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Sydney NSW 2010

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