Funny, because the Obama administration actually allocated more money to NASA than the Bush administration. Not by that much, but still.
Also, the purpose of the mission wasn’t to look for signs of life, but you know, lets not get that in the way fo a tired cliche* and pointless zinger.
*seriously tho, just you wait the next time there’s anything in the news about space, everyone will be making “intelligent life” jokes. They do not improve by repetition. Just. Stop.