When President Barack Obama appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host asked him questions about UFOs, Area 51, and aliens, like he asked former President Bill Clinton last year.
Kimmel approached the matter the same way he did when he interviewed Clinton, by suggesting that natural curiosity should lead any person occupying the White House for the first time to take advantage of his position to find out the truth about aliens, UFOs, and Area 51.
Kimmel’s assumption of curiosity in the situation was reasonable: Obama wouldn’t be human if after becoming president he hadn’t been curious to find out what the U.S. government really knows about aliens and UFOs.
However, while Obama’s responses delivered in the context of a lighthearted exchange during a TV show were meant to be construed as jokes, the fact remains that in a matter as controversial as UFOs and aliens, all statements from the president of the United States of America would be subjected to scrutiny as potential disclosure.
Obama, of course, understands this. Thus, it would be inappropriate for him as president to make a disclosure about aliens and UFOs while hoping that it would not be taken seriously because of the situation and manner in which he delivered it.
Thus, we could safely assume that when Obama said, “The aliens won’t let it happen. You will reveal all of their secrets. They exercise strict control over us,” he did not believe he was telling the truth about aliens, at least not literally.
Yet, on closer consideration, Obama’s responses to Kimmel’s questions contained elements of truth consistent with what we know about how the institutional organs of state operate under secrecy with the firm conviction that the secrecy is in national security interest.
Kimmel asked Obama, “The moment I was 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’s response, “That is why you will not be president,” may sound like a joke, but it contained a kernel of truth with broader application beyond the issue of UFOs and aliens: A citizen with a personal, radical “Truth” agenda is unlikely to make it to the office of the president of the United States of America.
A citizen whose top priority, once he his inaugurated — “with his hands still hot from touching the bible” – is to “immediately race to wherever they have the files about Area 51 and UFOs” is unlikely to become the president of the United States.
Obama might have looked like he was joking when he said that one of the reasons why someone “like Kimmel” would never become president is “because that [seeking the ‘Truth’] is the first thing you would do.”
A dedicated “Truther” could never become president because the institutional “powers that be” will ensure he never makes it to the White House. The White House is simply not the place for “Truthers” because the state has too many dirty secrets to keep.
Take note of Obama’s thinly-veiled language in response to Kimmel’s assertion that finding out about aliens and UFO would be “top of my list.”
“The aliens won’t let it happen. You will reveal all their secrets. They exercise strict control over us,” Obama said.
Of course, Obama knew that most listeners would miss the message in his statement by allowing themselves to be distracted by his insertion of the word “aliens.”
However, the lesson that every “executive president” learns is that there is a faceless institutional alien “they” that keeps a strict control. And “they” won’t let any “executive” individual with a constitutionally limited tenure conduct himself recklessly by disclosing sworn state secrets.
Rephrase Obama’s statement by removing the distracting word “aliens” and you have a statement that reveals the most important truth every executive in office learns.
“[They] won’t let it happen. You will reveal all their secrets. The exercise strict control over us.”
Kimmel warns Obama, “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?”
Take note of Obama’s expression and manners between 1:05-1:10 — where he shakes his head, almost wistfully, saying, “I can’t reveal anything.”
“Oh really? Because President Clinton said he did go right in and he did check and there was nothing,” says Kimmel.
“You know, that is what we are instructed to say.”
The state as an institution is faceless but larger and more powerful in space and time than any single individual temporarily occupying the White House as executive president.
Obama came clean, but he knew his message was apt to being misunderstood or, more precisely, missed by listeners focusing on the term “aliens.”
In the first place, as president, he knows only as much as technocratic and bureaucratic controllers disclose to him. He wouldn’t know better than anyone if they choose to withhold vital information they feel he doesn’t need to know in any specific decision-making situation.
After all, a president’s tenure is only a few years; but by virtue of institutional continuity, the state is forever.
Thus, while Obama might have delivered the message as though he was joking, he knew he was stating truth. If at all there are UFO or alien secrets to be disclosed, it is not his prerogative to do so, at least not without the permission of the “alien” controllers beholden to the military-industrial complex.
[Image: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live]