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Will Smith Asks Son Not to Ask the President About Aliens; Son Asks About Aliens Anyway

Now, we all know that Will Smith has save the world from alien invasion with both Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Goldblum, not to mention saving the old west from a preposterously powered giant mechanical tarantula with Kevin Kline, and we also know that those were movies. Fun movies, but fictional movies.

But do his kids know that?

Apparently Smith had to sit down with his son Jaden the night before an official visit to the White House, and explain to him that it would not be polite to ask President Obama about the existence of aliens.

He told BBC Radio:

Jaden had said to me, ‘Dad, I gotta ask the president about the aliens,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, no, no, it’s not cool. No, it’s not cool, it’s embarrassing. … Do not ask the president!’

So we get into the Situation Room and Jaden gets the look in his eyes and he leans over and he says, ‘Dad, what’s my punishment?’ … And Barack is starting to talk about this Situation Room and Jaden says, ‘Excuse me, Mr. President?’

Experienced statesman and father himself, Mr. Obama appeared to have anticipated the question.

Barack said, ‘Don’t tell me.’ And in perfect form — like this is why he is the president — he stopped and looked at Jaden and said, ‘The aliens, right? … OK, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials but I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting and if there would have had to have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.’

It’s probably a good thing Jaden didn’t ask about the giant mechanical tarantulas.

(via Politico.)

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  • Henchman4Hire

    Mad props to Jaden Smith. If anyone can get close enough to the President to ask about the aliens, it’s the children of Will Smith! 

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    President Obama got to meet Will Smith! Lucky guy!

  • Alexis Talbot

    That is hilarious. Though if I met the president I would probably ask the same thing. (only I wouldn’t shut up about them…) “Mr.President? Are there aliens? What color are they? Do they have three eyes or four?”

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to use Obama’s statement to confuse and bewilder my students when we get to the conditional sentences.

  • John Wao

    Hey if I had just ONE question to ask the POTUS, regardless of party affiliation,  it would be about aliens. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh man..would I ask about aliens? I think I would ask about UFO sightings and what that PoTUS thinks they are and what sort of crafts the military is coming out with that might touch on UFO status. See..NOT aliens but, more alien R&D.

  • Jocelyn Dugan

    It seems as if Jaden has a much firmer grasp on reality than the elected officials in power.

  • Life Lessons

    I love this story. Go Pres. Obama!

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  • Jerry N. Wesner

    A classy answer to a classy kid.  I’m glad he asked.  (And I wonder what his punishment was.)

  • Anonymous

    I am not an obama fan, but im totally using an answer like that when i dont want to respond to a question. Freakin awesome.

  • Dirl Sorensby III

    Okay, so, was the President trying to convey confirmation or not? Was this a yes or no, and why?