Did you happen to catch 60 MINUTES piece about super nova, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the other night? If you didn't, watch it here, and you'll understand why I think Obama should appoint him as an Ambassador-At-Large.
Yes, I'm a starstruck fangirl who has stood in line with hundreds of others to see Neil deGrasse Tyson in person and witness his ineffable charm. Really, there is not a more charming, urbane and sexy - yes, smart is soooo sexy - public figure. Name one. With his boundless energy, intelligence and charisma, he makes the most unfathomable questions about the universe and cosmos comprehensible and totally fascinating.
He also imparts important information in a most non-threatening, often playful way that even climate change deniers and members of the anti-science movement would hopefully be more receptive to hear.
Since deGrasseTyson's ideological agenda doesn't cross-over into religion - he's an atheist,
a stereotype he disdains so probably agnostic is more palatable - he can get across some
real science, kind of like slipping a little sugar into a sour drink. Either way, religion isn't going
to muck up the facts so maybe a few minds could be pried open to hearing scientific truths. On second thought maybe he should include the Bible in referencing science so as to make the pot a little more palatable. Hmmmm.
Yes, he has a tv show, over 4 MILLION twitter followers and is a regular on talk shows. That's all cool. But in an official capacity as Ambassador-At-Large, Neil deGrasse Tyson would be an ideal communicator for the administration on any number of policies - scientific or otherwise. For example, he could break down the Iran deal and teach us what 'nuclear capabilities' really means. Send him to Iran to schmooze with the Ayatollah about plutonium, uranium and atomic bombs. He is undeniably an expert and the Iranians would pay attention. How about if he had a little sitdown with the Koch bros and told them - in his most hardcore charming way - what horrible people they are and explain why they are killing the planet?!
Neil deGrass Tyson, Master Communicator, we need him! Maybe this little suggestion will be heard and, who knows, it's worth a try! Should we start a petition?