President Barack Obama Acknowledges Existence of Area 51
“I think I just became the first president to ever publicly mention Area 51”, President Barack Obama joked at Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors event at The White House. The line got a big laugh from the audience in attendance, but he may have been telling the truth.
According to NPR’s Adam Wollner, the closest any other U.S. president has come to discussing Area 51 was when President Bill Clinton issued a presidential determination exempting the site from environmental disclosure laws. However, that document only referred to the base as “the Air Force’s operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada.” The CIA did not acknowledge its existence until last year.
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