SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk took shots at President Joe Biden on Sunday for failing to praise SpaceX for its all-civilian mission to orbit the Earth. When fans pointed out on Twitter that Biden had failed to acknowledge the spaceflight, Musk quipped: “He’s still sleeping.”
One of Musk’s Twitter followers asked him: “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”
Musk responded “He’s still sleeping,” which appeared to be reminiscent of former President Donald Trump’s nickname for Biden, “Sleepy Joe.”
He’s still sleeping
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2021
Over the weekend, SpaceX returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit. The craft carried four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after spending three days in space. One of the major goals of the mission was to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
By Saturday, the mission had raised $160.2 million. Following the return of the spacecraft to Earth, Musk pledged to contribute $50 million personally, bringing the total campaign funds to $210 million.
Musk has previously made similar remarks about public figures. In April in response to a tweet from New York Times tech columnist Kenneth Chang, Musk took shots at Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.
Chang shared a story claiming that Bezos’ space exploration company had filed a protest against NASA’s awarding of the lunar lander contract to SpaceX. In response, Musk appeared to attack Bezos’ manhood, tweeting: “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol”
Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2021
Read more about Musk’s remarks towards President Biden at CNBC here.
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