Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’

But are there aliens?

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

President Barack Obama on Sunday likely became the first actual President to publicly acknowledge Area 51, the top-secret government testing ground that has become a focal point for generations of extraterrestrial enthusiasts.

Actress Shirley MacLaine, who has claimed to have seen many UFOs, received Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony on Sunday for her lifetime contributions to the performing arts. The President couldn’t resist the opportunity to joke about the decades of conspiracy theories surrounding mysterious lights and aliens at the Nevada installation.

“Now, when you first become President, one of the questions that people ask you is what’s really going on in Area 51,” Obama quipped at a reception honoring the awardees. “When I wanted to know, I’d call Shirley MacLaine. I think I just became the first President to ever publicly mention Area 51. How’s that, Shirley?”

The official use for the Nevada Test and Training Range and Groom Lake — the formal name for the facility commonly known as Area 51 — is far less otherworldly. It’s been the testing ground for government programs, including the U-2 spy plane and various stealth aircraft.

The other 2013 performing-arts honorees were opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, rocker Billy Joel and guitarist Carlos Santana.

25 comments
EdvanSanto
EdvanSanto

eu acho obama um exelente presidente! só que ele deve sair de perto de alguns corruptos! que usa tecnologia para beneficio próprio! sempre foi assim! hoje nois temos internet as pessoas esquece que ela já era usada nos anos 60!

I think president obama one excellent ! only he should get away from some corrupt ! using technology for their own benefit ! has always been so! nois have internet today people forget that it was ever used in 60 years !

EdvanSanto
EdvanSanto

obama esta tendo muita coragen! nao podemos esquece que nosso querido Bill Clinton foi morto na mais pura covardia! porque ia revelar tudo!

obama is having a lot coragen ! We can not forget that our beloved Bill Clinton was killed in the purest cowardice ! because they would reveal everything !

John_Citizen
John_Citizen

You realize he was joking, right?  There is no such thing/place as "Area 51."  The "area" designation dates back to a long-obsolete Atomic Energy Commission map that divided the southwest into "areas" for nuclear testing and R&D purposes.  There WAS an Area 51, just as there was an Area 50 and Area 52.


What rests on the long-dead grid square designated "51" is the Groom Dry Lake test facility.  It's existence has long been unclassified. 


"News" when my generation (technically, I am a millennial, despite past denials) starts taking journalism jobs.

EddieMurray
EddieMurray

Actually Clinton was on a news show years ago and he copped to asking if the aliens were kept there.

ChewbackaGrizelda
ChewbackaGrizelda

Wow.  Time, are you really -that desperate- for readers that you would seriously take a -joke- out of context like that and try to make some big news story out of it?  Hint: he was only making a joke.  He wasn't acknowledging anything.  At all.

haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

Obama should do America a favor and show his real birth certificate because the one on whitehouse.gov has been declared a forgery by 17 forensic document specialists (under oath) this is just the beginning of Obama's deceptions on America- the list goes on for miles- Obama uses an invalid SSN to make out his incometax- his real SSN  (under his real name of Barry Soetoro) is probably tied into crimes of his youth so he uses a SSN of somebody born in 1890 (Harrison Bounell) bottom line is that Obama is the biggest FRAUD in history)  if this woulda been Bush it would be FRONT PAGE-

kracker
kracker

You Lie!


~said the Distinguished (and clairvoyant) Sen.Joe Wilson to Obammy's face on September 9, 2009.

jasondacosta7
jasondacosta7

Area 51 is real but it is harmless compared to S-4 its sister compound.  S-4 needs to be declassified now.  No one can get into the facility.

hailk
hailk

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ngl42398
ngl42398

>acknowledging Groom Lake

PANIC

REVOLUTION INCOMING

LostGirl
LostGirl

Obama's been letting slip a lot of secrets of late, not always intentionally. According to a report this morning, a hot mic picked up Obama and Biden making fun of the new health care law. Oops! http://goo.gl/Dqnhbx

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

I still think the most ironic thing about Area 51 is that it became the most secretive facility in the US just because of the convenience of being in the middle of freaking nowhere.

sacredh
sacredh

Alien abduction stories and supposed Area 51 ET spaceships are nothing more than weak coverup stories told by Iowa farmers as an attempt to explain away their anal probe fetishes. Admit it Iowa, you were just feeling curious. 

JamesGordon1
JamesGordon1

I  went  to  Area  51 , And it is  NOT there

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@haroldlewisblair I've chartered a plane to go to the "island" where Elvis, Marilyn, JFK, and Amelia are all having a great time.  Wanna go?  

BurphelsonAFB
BurphelsonAFB

@kracker "distinguished"?  Joe Wilson's partisan screech was a jaw-dropping act of disrespect.  If he had tried that to Bush or Cheney (and both of them lied repeatedly), he'd be in a landfill somewhere, you conservitard.

sacredh
sacredh

@hailk, that's nothing. My Aunt Zelda went to jail for prostitution. She LOVED her job too. Just a few hours a night on her back and she drove a Mercedes. She didn't have to worry about carpal tunnel syndrome either.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

It's also down the street from the now defunct Studio 54.