President Biden laughed off comments earlier this week by former President Barack Obama about the possible presence of UFOs, telling a reporter who raised the issue Friday to “ask him again.”
Biden was wrapping up a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae In, when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy popped up with a final question.
“President Obama says that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, these unidentified aerial phenomena, and he says we don’t know exactly what they are,” Doocy said. “What do you think that it is?”
“I would ask him again,” the president deadpanned as the news conference broke up in laughter.
The 44th president, under who Biden served as vice president for eight years, made the remarks early Tuesday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” joking to host James Corden that “when I came into office … I was like, ‘All right, is there the lab somewhere where we’re keeping the alien specimens and spaceships?’
“They did a little bit of research … and the answer was, ‘No,’” Obama continued. “But what is true — and I’m actually being serious here — is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are. We can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory … they did not have an easily explainable pattern. So I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”
UFOs are back in the headlines ahead of an expected joint report by the Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about so-called unidentified aerial phenomena. The report, part of a massive COVID-19 relief law enacted by former President Donald Trump in December, is due out next month.
On Sunday, CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a report in which a former Navy pilot claimed to see UFOs flying off the coast of Virginia nearly every day for two years.
“If these were tactical jets from another country that were hanging out up there, it would be a massive issue,” former Navy Lt. Ryan Graves told correspondent Bill Whitaker. “But because it looks slightly different, we’re not willing to actually look at the problem in the face. We’re happy to just ignore the fact that these are out there, watching us every day.”