Obama Mentions Area 51, Says He's First President to Do So

Image: Obama Mentions Area 51, Says He's First President to Do So President Barack Obama and the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipients, from left; Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo at a reception in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 8.

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 10:22 PM

By Amy Woods

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The highlight of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, scheduled to air Dec. 29 with inductees Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana, was not a riff by the jazz great, a song by the piano man or a lick by the Mexican guitarist. It was a remark by President Barack Obama.

'I think I just became the first president to ever publicly mention Area 51," Obama said Sunday during the event.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The commander-in-chief was discussing actress Shirley MacLaine, who, along with opera star Martina Arroyo, rounds out the 2013 inductions. MacLaine wrote in a 2007 memoir that she saw UFOs, Mediaite reported.

"Now, when you first become president, one of the questions that people ask you is, 'What's really going on in Area 51,'" Obama said during a pre-event reception at the White House.

"When I wanted to know, I called Shirley MacLaine. I think I just became the first president to ever publicly mention Area 51. How's that, Shirley?"

The classified military base's shout-out from Obama marks the first time since the Clinton era that a sitting president has mentioned or alluded to the purported site of alien activity, National Public Radio's Adam Wollner blogged.

When President Bill Clinton exempted the southern Nevada property from environmental-disclosure requirements, he referred to it as "the Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nev."

Related stories:

UFO: Britain Releases Last Batch of Secret Files, Explains Dept. Closure
Area 51 Secrets Revealed in Newly Released Classified Documents

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

New Technique to Grow Stem Cells Could Lead to Cloning

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 10:45 AM

Experts warned that a new technique allowing stem cells to be grown from the DNA of human adult males could lead to huma . . .

Earthlike Planet: Scientists Discover New Celestial Body, Kepler-186f

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 07:08 AM

NASA scientists have discovered an earthlike planet about 500 lightyears away in the Cygnus constellation and they’ve na . . .

Mars Rover Takes 'Selfie' After Spring Cleaning

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 23:05 PM

A recent 'selfie' taken by the Mars rover Opportunity shows it is taking full advantage of the Martian winds' cleaning p . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved