...then why did you title you post "I remember when a democrat..." etc. And come to that, are you forgetting that we didn't get to the moon till Nixon was in office? I don't see you apologizing for a Republican being in office when man walked on the Moon. That's because, in the end, all that mattered on the day a man walked on the moon was that WE, everyone on planet Earth, were represented in that man and he got to the Moon. And in that moment nothing else mattered. Not his race, gender, religion or nationality--and certainly not the political party of the president of the country that got him there.
All that mattered was that human ingenuity and determination had succeeded. We got to the moon.
I really don't think we need apologize that Newt mentioned a moon base rather than a democrat. Mentioning moon bases--or trips to Mars--is easy. Hot air. Having in someone in office who knows how to funnel the money into this and actually make it real...that's a whole other kettle of fish. Kennedy is remembered for that speech not only because it was a great speech, but because he got the wheels in motion to make it a reality--and it did happen. If he hadn't been able to do that--and remember the whole space program was nearly scraped early on--that speech would be no more memorable than, well, Newt's moon base will be memorable or Obama talk about getting to Mars.