Obama Tells NASA: I've Considered Getting a Mohawk

NASA's Bobak Ferdowski inspires amusing riff from the prez

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2012 3:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama had mohawks and Martians on his mind today when he called NASA to congratulate them on Curiosity's safe (and serendipitous) touchdown on Mars, Huffington Post reports. "I understand there's a special Mohawk Guy that's working on the mission," said Obama, referring to NASA team member Bobak Ferdowski, whose mohawk became an Internet hit after being captured on video. "And I, in the past, thought about getting a Mohawk myself." Obama's quip got a good laugh from the NASA crew.

"But my team keeps on discouraging me. And now that he's received marriage proposals and thousands of new Twitter followers, I think that I'm going to go back to my team and see if it makes sense." NBC News reports that Obama also expressed curiosity about life on the Red Planet: "If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away," he said. "Even if they're just microbes, it will be pretty exciting." To see how Obama would look with Ferdowski's 'do, check out this Photoshop job from @darth.

Bobak Ferdowski, NASA's man with the mohawk.
Bobak Ferdowski, NASA's man with the mohawk.   (YouTube)
President Barack Obama glances back as he walks through his Hyde Park neighborhood to a campaign event, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Chicago.
President Barack Obama glances back as he walks through his Hyde Park neighborhood to a campaign event, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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