Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took a shot at President Joe Biden on Sunday. Musk’s SpaceX private spaceflight had just completed its landmark mission the day before.
Musk made his statement in response to a Twitter account that had sent this message to the billionaire: “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 replied by simply saying that “He’s still sleeping.”
He’s still sleeping
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2021
Some speculate that Musk’s “sleepy” jab may be a reference to jokes made by former President Donald Trump, who enjoyed calling biden “sleepy Joe” throughout the 2020 presidential race.
Biden’s silence was in fact deafening, as even competitor Jeff Bezos congratulated Musk, along with NASA.
The mission, called Inspiration4, was comprised of four non-professional crew members– a space exploration first– and safely returned to Earth on Saturday after three days in space.
Elon Musk mocks Biden after Inspiration4’s huge success
The Inspiration4 mission also doubles as a charity fundraising event for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The organization, which functions as a children’s hospital as well as a research center for pediatric cancers and other serious illnesses, developed the fundraiser in coordination with billionaire Jared Isaacman. St. Jude’s will be auctioning off prizes centered around the crew’s upcoming mission to space as well as a meet-and-greet package with the four member team.
As part of the fundraising effort, a song that also exists as an NFT (non-fungible token) by the Kings of Leon will be played in space and later auctioned off. 66 pounds of beer hops will also travel on the mission, and when the hops return to Earth Sam Adams will use them to create the official, limited edition Inspiration4 beer. A ukulele played by one of the crew members and a portrait of the team on the cover of Time magazine will also be auctioned off.
Inspiration4 exceeded its goal to raise $200 million for St. Jude’s. They also described their mission as being “designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights.”
The team included Isaacman — who is privately funding the trip — as well as a physician’s assistant at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, data engineer Chris Sembroski, childhood bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, and artist Sian Proctor.
Inspiration4’s success has already stoked a flurry of interest from future commercial space travelers.
“The amount of people who are approaching us through our sales and marketing portals has actually increased significantly,” said Benji Reed, the senior director of human spaceflight programs for SpaceX to reporters.
“There’s tons of interest rolling in now.”