We don’t mean to harp on Guantanamo Bay (so much), but there are certain promises you just don’t make. You don’t pledge to maintain the temperature of the globe like it entails turning the thermostat up or down a notch, and you don’t promise to cure cancer. Nevertheless, in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama likened curing cancer to landing a man on the moon.

Better yet, he put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the effort.

Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade. Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control. For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.