Last night President Obama appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and just as he had done with President Clinton, Kimmel asked Obama if he looked into Area 51 and UFOs.
Here is a transcript of the conversation:
Kimmel: This is something I feel like. If I was the president, and it is unlikely that is ever going to happen…
Obama: You never know.
Kimmel: If I was the president…
Obama: It was unlikely that I was going to be president.
Kimmel: The moment I was in inaugurated – my hand would still be hot from touching the bible – I would immediately race to wherever they have the files about Area 51 and UFOs and I would go through everything to find out what happened. Did you do that?
Obama: That is why you will not be president…
Kimmel: One of the reasons.
Obama: Because that is the first thing you would do.
Kimmel: It is at the top of my list.
Obama: The aliens won’t let it happen. You will reveal all of their secrets. They exercise strict control over us.
Kimmel: Now you know there are a lot of people who are going to examine your facial expressions here, every twitch, every everything and say, of course. Did you look? Did you see? Did you explore?
Obama: I can’t reveal anything.
Kimmel: Oh really? Because President Clinton said he did go right in and he did check and there was nothing.
Obama: You know, that is what we are instructed to say.
This also isn’t the first time a POTUS’ comments about aliens has started a debate as to whether it was a joke or not.
In 1982, Steven Spielberg was invited to the White House to screen his movie ET: The Extraterrestrial with President Ronald Reagan. Spielberg says after the screening Reagan stood up and, according to Speilberg, said, “I wanted to thank you for bringing E.T. to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie.”
Spielberg says Reagan looked around the room and continued, “And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.”
Steven Speilberg talking with Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the ET: The Extraterrestrial Screening event.