Obama goes to Roswell but stays silent on aliens

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 22 2012 06:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2012 02:57 AM

MALJAMAR, New Mexico - A lighthearted President Barack Obama on Wednesday joked that although he had landed in Roswell he could not disclose if extra-terrestrials had done the same in a flying saucer in 1947.

"I announced to people when I landed that I come in peace," said the US leader, mocking an expression attributed to alien species in numerous works of fiction, including the animated blockbuster comedy "Toy Story."

Roswell, a town of 50,000 inhabitants in the state of New Mexico, is known worldwide for being the place where a spacecraft and its alien occupants were allegedly recovered 65 years ago and then hidden by the US government.

"Let me tell you, there are nine- and 10-year-old boys... when I meet them they ask me, have you been to Roswell, and is it true what they say?" Obama said.

"And I tell them, If I told you I'd have to kill you. And you know, their eyes get all big," the president added in Maljamar, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Roswell, where he was trumpeting his energy policy.

"We're gonna keep our secrets here!" he concluded.


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