Obama’s official Twitter account botched the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing in a message to his 43.5 million followers on Tuesday.
“We’ve walked on the moon, but women still don’t have equal pay,” Obama said in a tweet posted on his official account.
Obama tweeted the iconic photo of an astronaut saluting the American flag planted on the surface of the moon. “It’s Not 1963 anymore.”
The problem: Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, the first humans on the moon, didn’t make their lunar landing until July of 1969.
The only major lunar exploration event in 1963 was the Luna 4, one of the USSR’s automated spacecraft that attempted to land on the moon.
Attempted was the right word, since like much of the Soviet space program, which was a series of disasters that were constantly being covered up, Luna 4 missed the moon by about as much as Obama missed whatever point he was trying to make.
It’s strange that Obama would even go on beating this dead horse considering that it has been established that he pays his female staff less. And it’s been a long time since the Luna 4.
But the USSR was notorious for advocating female equality without abiding by it.