May 31, 2008
Posted: 03:04 PM ET
Mike Griffin may have set a record this week for appearances on CNN by the NASA Administrator (or "Code A" as they call him inside the agency). We met on Sunday at the jet Propulsion Lab for the Phoenix landing on Mars. On Tuesday, he appeared on American Morning and he just sat down for an interview with us here at the Cape. But for those of us who keep track of such things, he gets "credit" for six interviews. There werre a ton of people around us as we taped the JPL interview, and they created a visual and aural distraction. We had to abort the interview twice before finally getting it right. Then today, just as he sat down to speak with me, a pair of NASA Huey choppers made an appearance near the Press Site (we call it "the Mound") and started re-enacting scenes from "Apocalypse Now" or something. I didn't hear any Wagner – but then again I couldn't hear myself think. When it became evident they were loitering in the vicinity, I released Code A to do other media calls (little did the chopper pilots know they were messing up the Boss's schedule). Anyway, he came back a short time later and we finally put something on tape. So for those of you keeping score at home, Code A, in a sense, logged six interviews with CNN this week.
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