Obama: We don't know what the UFOs are

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Let’s just admit it. The news landscape has changed dramatically when it comes to the subject of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP or UFOs if you prefer). Every news outlet is running stories about it in advance of the expected release of the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force report to the Senate next month. That trend carried over to The Late Late Show with James Corden this week when former President Barack Obama showed up to plug his new book. The show’s musical director pitched a question to Obama about “dem aliens” that everyone is talking about. He was probably doing it as a joke, but after playing along with the gag for a moment, Obama took on a serious tone and delivered an answer. He wasn’t about to “empty the bag” and shock everyone with some stunning moment of disclosure, but he did admit that he had looked into the subject while in office. He said that there are videos and documents covering UAP and admitted that we really don’t understand what they are. (NBC News)

“What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are,” he said…

Appearing on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS, Obama offered some levity on the question of aliens and his personal curiosity before assuming a more serious demeanor.

“We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory,” he said. “They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so I think that people still take seriously, trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”

Here’s the video clip so you can watch it yourself. It’s only a few minutes long.

I may have found this more intriguing than the average UAP enthusiast because of a couple of hints that Obama seemed to drop. He’s been asked about this in the past by other late-night hosts including Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, but he mostly either jokes around or, if pressed on the matter, says that he did look into it but he can’t talk about it. Now that the subject is all over the news and the Pentagon is even talking, Obama seems to feel a bit freer with his observations. And he doesn’t seem to be talking about the material that’s currently in the news. He’s clearly talking about his own time in office and how there were “videos and documents.”

He then goes on to give a description of the capabilities of the UAP (hypersonic speeds and non-ballistic flight patterns) that could have been lifted directly from the comments we’ve repeatedly heard from Lue Elizondo, the former head of AATIP. Keep in mind that Elizondo was running AATIP through most of Barack Obama’s term and only left the Pentagon shortly after Obama left office. Barack Obama has said “I asked about it” on several occasions. Who would he have asked? Was he briefed by Lue Elizondo? It’s an interesting possibility.

In terms of the shift in the media landscape I mentioned above, I’ll offer you a few other examples before closing. 60 Minutes ran a lengthy interview segment covering the UAP situation on Sunday night. Newsweek put out a lengthy interview on UAP, featuring commentary from Elizondo, Chris Mellon, and Navy witnesses to inexplicable encounters. Newsweek then followed that up with a report on “Five Famous UFO Incidents.” I might have quibbled over a few of their choices, but it’s yet another example of some of the biggest traditional news outlets in the country covering this subject and doing so without a hint of a snicker or the need to include jokes about “little green men.” (Just for the record, they’re not green. They’re grey.)

Hang onto your hats, folks. I’m fairly confident that the world is changing before your eyes and we may soon have at least a few answers to questions that humanity has been struggling with for as long as we’ve been around.