Late Night Disclosure: Obama and UFOs

President Obama's tours on late-night TV exposed a somber response toward UFOs
President Obama is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel seems to have an interest in government secrets and in his latest interview with President Obama, his focus was on the classified knowledge of UFOs. In March of 2015, Jimmy candidly asked the President on live TV if he knew anything about top secret documents pertaining to the famous aerial phenomenon.

With the exception of Obama’s senior advisor John Podesta, the topic of UFOs has largely been dismissed by the administration in a similar fashion to its predecessors. However, delving into earlier comments from the White House unveils an inconsistent facade.

Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent and celebrated host of Syfy TV show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files performed an in-depth analysis using his knowledge of non-verbal communication to pick apart the President’s surprising reactions revealing a great deal of stress surrounding the topic of UFOs and presidential disclosure.

If Hansen’s dissection of his resistance are correct, then there may be a threatening element to an executive UFO disclosure underlying continued secrecy on the subject.

Candid Camera

Jimmy Kimmel was eager for the rare opportunity to ask the UFO question to yet another President of the United States. In his interview with former President Bill Clinton a year prior, Jimmy revealed his passionate interest in UFO secrecy and he’s been notorious for it ever since.

His enthusiasm peaked when he carefully warned the President of the “people who will examine [his] facial expressions, and every twitch” alluding that he may be aware of Ben Hansen’s analysis of Kimmel’s interview with Bill Clinton.

Catching Breath

Kimmel wasted no time with the President setting up his question about UFOs in his limited time slot. During the setup Obama interrupted him with joke responses, delaying the eventual delivery and attempting to soften Kimmel and his audience with a display of ridicule toward the subject.
After being sworn into office, I would immediately race to wherever they have the files about Area 51 and UFOs, and I’d go through everything to find out what happened. Did you do that?

Hansen focused his attention on the President’s respiration at this time which records a remarkable increase in breath rate compared to similar measurements earlier in the same interview segment. Behind an expectant smile it appears Obama’s stress levels rise to an extreme level of anxiety at the time Kimmel brings up UFOs.

Hansen calculated the President’s breath rate by watching the lapel of his jacket rise and fall as he sat in anticipation of the dubious question. His results recorded Obama’s respiration rate at an incredible 42 breaths per minute.

Even if one were to dismiss exactly half of the breaths I counted, you still end up with an average of 20 breaths per minute which meets the medical criteria for elevated breathing. – Ben Hansen¹

A breath rate of 12-18 breaths per minute is considered normal in comparison, while anything above 20 is medically noted as elevated breathing. This spike in respiration is a convincing sign of anxiety surrounding Obama’s involvement with UFO secrecy.

Obama and UFOs

Obama was well aware that he had yet to answer Jimmy’s pressing question, and from the prolonged break of laughter it was clear Kimmel wasn’t moving on without a sincere reply. After erasing a smile, Obama’s body language dramatically changed and he assumed a more serious tone to deliver the carefully worded response, “I can’t reveal anything”.

Kimmel, Obama and UFOs

President Obama concedes to Jimmy Kimmel’s questions about UFOs

This is a big deal.

If he “can’t reveal anything” that implies there’s something to reveal about UFOs, which is the first direct acknowledgement of UFO intelligence from an elected President since the Harry Truman Presidency. His choice of words is important to note, because he did not deny any executive knowledge of UFOs, and he most easily could have.

Kimmel’s reaction displays a similar mindset, using his surprising reply to press the President once more before finally dropping the question.

Oh really? because President Clinton said he did go right in and he did check, and there was nothing.

The contradiction was not lost on the visibly annoyed President who ends his contribution with a final joke. This conversation provided Hansen with great material to analyze in detail.

Eye Opener

In a thorough investigation of Obama’s eye movements during many other interviews, Hansen was able to conclude that the Presidents tendency to look down and to the right is a byproduct of his cognitive process as he accesses his inner dialogue. Students of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) will recognize that this is backwards to the standard and not by mistake as Obama is left handed, switching the chart for eye access cues.

This is important to note because alternatively his eye access cues would indicate the possibility of imagining scenarios and feelings which are suggestive of lying. Obama accessing his inner dialogue suggests that he is carefully constructing the right responses to Jimmy’s questions.

Hansen’s investigation concludes with the President’s sudden break of eye contact prior to conceding his inability to disclose the information.

I’m far more interested that Obama literally shuts his eyes to the whole discussion not once but twice in less than two seconds. These are long closures, longer than the average blink of three to four tenths of a second.

When a person rubs, covers, or closes their eyes for longer than a blink this could indicate that they’re trying to keep out certain unpleasant auditory or visual cues. We do it symbolically to protect the mind from reliving an undesirable or threatening thought. – Ben Hansen¹

It is believed that any interview questions with the President are reviewed by his staff before making an appearance in front of a camera, and with that in mind his reactions are even more incriminating. A rehearsed interview in combination with Obama’s verbal deflection, elevated breathing, demeanor shift, and averted eye contact (among a few other cues not mentioned in this summary) show that there’s something the President knows that he’s uncomfortable reliving, and unable to disclose.

Crucial Contradictions

This new revelation about Obama’s executive information concerning UFOs is in direct opposition to his administration’s official word on the topic in the past. In September of 2011, a petition to the White House was promoted by the Paradigm Research Group demanding formal acknowledgment of extraterrestrial presence on Earth, gathering 12,000 signatures and provoking an official response.

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye. -Phil Larson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.³

White house UFO response

White house officially responds to UFO petition via the “We the People” platform.

The White House response is another milestone in Ufology, being the first official acknowledgement from the administration in writing concerning the existence of known extraterrestrials visiting our planet. However their position is very clear that they have no information and nothing to hide.

This becomes problematic when cross referencing the President’s statements on late night television. Is the Office of Science and Technology Policy oblivious to this classified information?

Whatever the case, the governments inability to solidify a position on UFO secrets is exactly the foundation many Ufologists have held suspicious since the dawn of of the UFO era.

Adding to this instability, eight months after his appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, the President was featured in an interview with Bill Simmons of GQ magazine. Simmons briefly led the conversation toward conspiracy theories and asked Obama if he’s ever rummaged through the government’s secret files.

I gotta tell you, it’s a little disappointing. People always ask me about Roswell and the aliens and UFOs, and it turns out the stuff going on that’s top secret isn’t nearly as exciting as you expect. In this day and age, it’s not as top secret as you’d think.

So which is it? Is there no credible evidence, secrets you can’t reveal, or mundane enterprises regarding UFO related projects? Regardless of these inconsistencies, 2/3 of these statements imply that there’s something going on behind closed doors, and this point is further validated with the unexpected tweet from the President’s former counselor John Podesta.

Podesta’s One Regret

Outgoing Senior Advisor to the Obama Presidency made sensational news in February, 2015 with his unexpected tweet as he left his position with the administration to aid in the Clinton campaign for 2016. The tweet was notably impressive coming from a White House insider and sparked a surge of demands from UFO enthusiasts for transparency on the UFO issue.

Podesta, Obama UFO tweet

Podesta’s interest in UFOs became public in 2002 following his first tour of the White House with former president Bill Clinton 1998-2001. In his speech to the National Press Club conference organized by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Syfy channel, he bluntly expressed his opinion about the state of UFO secrecy within the government.

The statment was in context of the implementation of Executive Order 12958, an initiative under the Clinton administration that declassified millions of pages of previously classified documents.

I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark; on the question of government investigations on UFOs. It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. We ought to do it because it’s right, we ought to do it because the American people quite frankly can handle the truth, and we ought to do it because it’s the law.

There’s definitely something to know about UFOs within the executive administration and the President’s elevated vital signs, non-verbal cues and resistance indicate it’s more stressful than he’d care to admit. His senior advisor’s public distaste with the way UFO secrecy has been handled within his years in the White House is another sign of an active government embargo concerning UFO information.

Will we ever witness an official government disclosure of the UFO reality? The evidence is mounting that we’re closer than ever, and as humanity opens up to the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence we may experience the disclosure we’ve been waiting for.

You can watch Ben Hansen’s full video deconstructing President Obama’s reactions here, or in the sources below.

What do you think the President knows about UFOs that he can’t reveal? Leave your comments down below. 

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              1. Hansen, Ben. “Analysis of President Obama’s Interview on UFOs with Jimmy Kimmel.YouTube. YouTube, 29 Mar. 2015. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
              2. Simmons, Bill. “Bill Simmons Interviews President Obama, GQ’s 2015 Man of the Year.GQ. N.p., 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
              3. Formally Acknowledge an Extraterrestrial Presence Engaging the Human Race – U.S. White House, 22 Sept. 2011. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
              4. Day, Patrick Kevin. “Will Jimmy Kimmel Get Obama to Talk Aliens?Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
              5. Speigel, Lee. “Outgoing Obama Advisor John Podesta Has UFO Regrets.The Huffington Post., 17 Feb. 2015. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.
              6. Holcombe, Larry. “The Podesta Factor.” The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama. 1st ed. New York: St. Martins, 2015. 231-32. Print.
              7. Cameron, Grant. “President Harry S. Truman.Presidential UFO., 31 July 2009. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.


Joel is a professional visual effects artist with work in game, television, and film. He is an enthusiastic researcher of the mysterious and paranormal, and the founder of His favorite topics are history, pop culture, UFOs, extraterrestrial lore, and the spirituality that sometimes accompanies them.
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