"Less than two months after his inauguration, Mr Obama issued an executive order removing [Bushs] barriers to responsible scientific research involving human stem cells and directing the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making . Finally we had a president who would open the floodgates of government funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Well, I hate to break it to you, but the Obama administration, confounding both friends and foes, has been more miserly with stem cell research than its predecessor. Here are the myths and the facts. Myth 1: Bush banned federal funding of hESC (human embryonic stem cell ) research. (Some people even thought that he outlawed the research itself.) (1) from President Obamas address on March 9, 2009: we will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. (2) from the media: President Obama lifted the eight-year-old ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research yesterday Washington Post, March 10, 2009 (3) from progressive websites: With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama today erased the Bush administrations eight-year-old restrictions on federal funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells, reaffirming his commitment to evidence and biomedical hope over his predecessors ideological distortion of science. Science Progress (4) from bioethicists: "After eight years of zero-budget funding of embryonic stem cell research, it is hardly fair and completely disingenuous for critics to point to the practice and wonder why it lags four decades behind government-funded adult stem cell research," -- Art Caplan, University of Pennsylvania Fact 1: Bush was the first to initiate the federal funding of hESC research. Myth 2: Bush was a foe of science and stem cell research. Supporting evidence: (1) The signing of Obamas executive order was a momentous occasion for anyone who believes in the pursuit of biomedical knowledge for the betterment of human health." -- Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher George Daley. (2) "This marks a new era for stem cell research. It will not only impact research in the laboratory, but perhaps more importantly, it finally lifts the black cloud that has hovered over this research for so long. We have been operating for the last decade with one hand tied behind our back," -- Robert Lanza, science director of Advanced Cell Technologies. (3) Bushs approach to the issue of embryonic stem cell research showed a deep disregard for the role of scientific information in political decision-making. -- Chris Mooney, The Republican War On Science Fact 2: The NIH stem cell budget grew by leaps and bounds under Bush. Myth 3: President Obama has greatly increased funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Supporting evidence: (1) The order was issued just in time for researchers to take advantage of money in Mr. Obama's economic recovery package and use it for stem cell studies. - NYTimes (2) The President's [March 9, 2009] decision does much more than expand funding for stem-cell research. It heralds a shift in the government's view of science, ushering in an era in which it promises to defend science and the pursuit of useful treatments against ideology. Time, March 9, 2009 Fact 3: Stem cell scientists are still waiting for the river of gold. Even though Obama removed Bushs restrictions on federal funds for hESC research, he has barely increased the hESC budget." MercatorNet: Barack, can you spare a dime? Wow, dig that 'HOPE AND CHANGE'...some folk'll believe anything.