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Barack Obama implies, maybe, keep the space alien thing going…

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This seems to be space aliens night. Everyone’s here except the aliens. Which is typical. In fact, so, far, universal.

Barack Obama offered, on James Corden’s Late Late Show:

“When it comes to aliens, there are things I just can’t tell you on air,” Obama said.

He elaborated, adding: “The truth is that when I came into office, I asked. I was like, ‘Is there a lab somewhere where we’re keeping the alien specimens and space ships?’

“They did a little bit of research and the answer is no.”

The former president did share some tangible information in a more serious manner.

“But what is true – and I’m actually being serious here – is that there’s footage and records of objects in the sky that we don’t know exactly what they are,” he said.

“We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory. They did not have an easily explainable pattern. I think people still take seriously [the task of] trying to investigate and figure out what that is. But I have nothing to report to you today.”

Clémence Michallon, “Barack Obama answers questions about aliens on James Corden’s show” at MSN

We wonder, if former president Donald Trump had said it, would the same people take the aliens seriously? How much of this is just cultural folklore?

Say what you want, the aliens are good for the cultural fluff news business, whether they exist or not. Better, on the whole, if they don’t. Just like if you own an inn and you can somehow get a reputation for it that it is haunted, you’ll get lots of free publicity (= advertising).

See also: At Science: Water bears most likely did not survive a crash land on the moon. What impact does the test have on panspermia, the hypothesis that life might travel between planets via comets? “some parts of a meteorite impacting Earth or Mars would experience lower shock pressures that a tardigrade could live through, Traspas says.”

and

Christian Scientific Society webinar May 29: Topic is space aliens The title is “Is there intelligent life in outer space? What are the stakes?” Free with registration.

Hat tip: Ken Francis, co-author with Theodore Dalrymple of The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd

6 Replies to “Barack Obama implies, maybe, keep the space alien thing going…

  1. 1
    polistra says:

    Note that he didn’t actually say anything. Government never leaks any facts that aren’t already in the public record. Sometimes the phrasing sounds new until you read the fine print.

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    mahuna says:

    This is all pretty much crazy. Unless you are a Biblical Fundamentalist who REALLY believes that Earth is the ONLY plant in the Universe to host Life, you GOTTA believe that there are Little Green Men SOMEPLACE out there. And we have hundreds (thousands?) of serious Astronomers who spent a good bit of time “listening” to exo-planets EXPECTING to hear chatter (radio signals that imply THOUGHT).
    So, why are “UFO Nuts” exiled to a separate category. That is, the confirmation of “intelligent signals” automatically CONFIRMS the existence of Little Green Men.
    So which piece do you wanna cut? I’d probably go with cutting the Radio Signals guys because EVERY attempt (over DECADES, if not yet a Century) to find even ONE coherent signal has come of dry. UFOs, on the other hand, are seen EVERY DAY all over the world.

  3. 3
    News says:

    polistra at 1: Curious comments anyway. Why not just say “We really don’t have any definitive information?” Because they don’t.

  4. 4
    Belfast says:

    Feynman on Obama on flying saucers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R14lkKZUNw

    I was President so I know all about flying saucers.

  5. 5
    ET says:

    We have definitive information. We have crashed UFO’s. We have non-human bodies of the occupants. Or do you think all of the military witnesses are lying?

  6. 6
    JVL says:

    ET: We have definitive information. We have crashed UFO’s. We have non-human bodies of the occupants. Or do you think all of the military witnesses are lying?

    Too bad none of those things are available for scrutiny. And why would that be? I’ve never found the argument that the public wouldn’t be able to handle it very weighty. So other countries don’t get access to them? So they can’t reap the same rewards? Maybe. Why there are only alien bodies and crashed spacecraft in America doesn’t make sense.

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