From the Orlando Sentinel, reports of serious friction in between the NASA Administrator and Obama’s transition team:
Soon after, Garver and Griffin engaged in what witnesses said was an animated conversation. Some overheard parts of it.
“Mike, I don’t understand what the problem is. We are just trying to look under the hood,” Garver said.
“If you are looking under the hood, then you are calling me a liar,” Griffin replied. “Because it means you don’t trust what I say is under the hood.”
I’m afraid Michael Griffin is NASA’s equivalent of Albert Speer—he knows better than to work for the devil, but just can’t break the habit. Griffin once called STS and ISS “mistakes”, but now he is prepared to defend Ares/Orion/Constellation with his last administrative breath, even though somewhere deep inside he must know it can’t possibly work. He isn’t the only tragedy in the collapse of manned space exploration, but he is one of the most visible.